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800 Greenwood St
Evanston, IL, 60201
United States


I began making guitars in 1966 in Dayton Ohio, where I worked out of my house. From 1968-1970 I lived in Mexico City, returning during the summers to build instruments at the Dayton location. 

During this time I was studying Anthropology and playing flamenco guitar professionally in various troupes in Mexico and around the U.S. In 1972 I moved to Chicago and worked briefly out of the back of a music store before moving to my present location in 1973. 

At that point I gave up any pretensions of being a professional guitarist and dedicated myself full time to lutherie.


My 800 Greenwood Street shop has undergone several renovations and changes over the years, the most recent being the 1995 massive renovation I did of the outside and inside of the building. 

As a result, my building is now climate controlled throughout the entire 4,000 square feet, and it has now acquired a nicer facade, with more interior showroom space than was previously available. 

Consequently, we are better able to serve those who prefer to visit the shop to select an instrument from our extensive inventory, which is housed in glass fronted rosewood cabinets. Being able to play many instruments side by side is very helpful in making a final selection, and we have full repair/restoration facilities on the premises for minor action adjustments to major restorations of valuable collector instruments.

2015 Stephen Boone

2015 Stephen Boone (U.S.A.) No 40, 650 mm scale, 52 mm nut, cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, french polish of shellac, Sloane/Waverly tuning machines with ebony buttons, Macassar ebony fingerboard, all hide glue used in the construction of this guitar.  Stephen Boone who was a student of Jeffery Elliot, has gone on to develop his own personal style of building which is distinctive yet traditional.  His guitars pack a lot of value into a very reasonable price, and rarely stay in the shop for very long.  Players who try them are immediately impressed and compare them to other inventory costing two to three times as much or more.  We first noticed his instruments in a blind listening test of over 30 top professional makers conducted by the Guild of American Luthiers.  Meticulously crafted using very select materials, this instrument is at once powerful and colorful, mixing the best characteristics of traditional Hauser guitars known for their coloristic ranges with the impressive volume of modern hi-tech guitars without resorting to short lived construction techniques to achieve the results.  The all hide glue construction guarantees future repairability, not to mention better sound transmission through the physical structure of the guitar body.  We wish more makers would attend to this important detail.  As an added bonus, this instrument is supplied in one of our new VISESNUT cases, so don’t hesitate, these Boone guitars are very popular with players.  $5,000