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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.

Bruné Artist Model No. 601

1997 R. E. Bruné Artist model No. 601 (U.S.A.), 650 mm, 51 mm nut, strings are spaced at 43 mm 1-6 on centers.  Spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original untouched french polish of shellac, original Rodgers tuning machines with Panormo style plates.  All original, no cracks or repairs, but there is playing wear and some handling wear in the form of visible scratches mostly on the soundboard which in no way affect the musicality nor longevity of the instrument.  The internal bracing pattern of this instrument is identical to the second Bruné (No. 418) which was owned by the late Andrés Segovia.  A bold, bright and exceptionally clear instrument with very quick response and easy action, the guitar has great color and usable dynamic range.  Current action is 4 mm on the bass and 3 mm on the treble measured at the 12th fret, so the instrument can be really driven to produce outstanding projection to the largest concert hall with out losing any clarity.  $14,000