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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.

Asturias Tsuji Model

Asturias “Tsuji” model (Japan), No. 41548. 650 mm scale, 52 mm nut, strings are spaced 41.5 mm on centers between 1st and 6th, action at the 12th fret is 4 mm on the bass and 2.5 mm on the treble side.  Spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, catalyzed urethane varnish on sides, back and neck, top is hand padded with clear french polish, machine heads are deluxe Gotoh with kidney shaped buttons.  The Asturias workshop in Kurume, Japan makes some of the finest instruments made by small production shops anywhere in the world.  Their workforce of trained luthiers is actually smaller than that of the old José Ramírez III shop, and they use less power equipment than many modern individual luthiers.  There is an excellent photo essay on their shop that was published in American Lutherie #15, Fall of 1988.  This is the signature “Tsuji” model named for William Tsuji who was one of their principal luthiers responsible for their top models.  All solid wood with marvelous attention to detail, this is a truly hand made instrument.  It has a Hauser like clarity and color range, with brilliant trebles and well balanced basses which are rounder and more open than the typical Hauser, with a hint of Spanish flavor.  The action is easy, with a very even response and incredible color and dynamic range.  Don’t let the price fool you, in a blindfold test this instrument would easily compete with instruments costing 3 times as much.  $3,300