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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.


Brune 25th Anniversary Model

1991 R. E. Bruné 25th Anniversary Model (U.S.A.) No 9 of 25 (opus 538).  650 mm scale, 51 mm nut, Spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, carved ebony head veneer, solid .999 Silver Rodgers tuning machines with oval mother of pearl buttons, original french polish of shellac.  1991 marked my 25th year of making guitars, so to celebrate this milestone I decided to make 25 special Artist models which had additional deluxe features beyond the usual Artist model specifications.  These included a special rosette with extremely tiny mosaic components and the Torres arrows, a complimentary mosaic in the bridge tie block, a carved ebony head veneer, solid .999 sterling silver Rodgers tuning machines, special labels printed from an engraved and etched copper plate, and my most special wood selection and finishing with french polish.  These were all sold out by subscription immediately when I announced their availability, with nearly a third going to Japanese collectors, the rest to American and European buyers.  Since that time only 3 have come on the market that I know of, two which we sold, and one sold by another dealer.  While very deluxe in their features, these were made to be the ultimate musical instrument.  One is featured on the cover of Scott Tennant’s “Pumping Nylon” book, and another is the instrument currently used by touring concert artist Carlos Rodriguez Quiros.  Of the ones which have passed back through the shop since 1991 for either sale or minor work, this one, No. 9 of 25 is the one in closest to mint condition that I have seen.  If you are looking for a very special instrument that is stunning in every detail from condition, decor, wood, rarity and most importantly, musicality, this is the instrument for you.  $25,000