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800 Greenwood St
Evanston, IL, 60201
United States

847-864-7730

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.

Anna Maria Espinosa

2000 Anna Maria Espinosa (Spain) 650 mm scale, 52 mm nut, spaced 42.5 mm between first and 6th at the nut.  Exquisitely crafted in the best of the modern Granada tradition, this guitar has a terrific balance between bass and treble, with no break at the third string, it is VERY even and clear, with excellent volume and projection.  Colorful and with great dynamic range, it is a very musical instrument capable of great expression and the price is really reasonable.  Anna Maria Espinosa Rodriguez continues a long but rarified tradition of women luthiers which extends back to the 19th century in Spain.  This is a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying guitar which is very open and responsive.  German Spruce top, quarter sawn straight grain Indian rosewood sides and back, original french polish finish, near mint condition, only the tiniest of minor nail marks visible here and there on the top, no cracks, no repairs.  Tuning machines are gold plated deluxe Gotoh.  The french polish is thin and perfect in every detail and after 17 years of playing is still flawless without fading or other degradation.  Action at the 12th fret is 4.5mm on the bass side and 3.5mm on the treble side with plenty of bone saddle still projecting for adjustment lower.  $4,800