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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.

Gerundino

1998 Gerundino (Almeria, Spain) 660 mm, 52 mm nut, spruce top, cypress sides and back.  Made in the shop of Miguel Fernández García (1931-2006) who used the simple “Gerundino” name for his instruments, Gerundino instruments are legendary among flamencos, having been played by many of the greatest players.  After his retirement in 1999, a few continued to be made by his brother Eladio Fernández, who was also a skilled maker.  Innovative, distinctive, and very well made, his instruments are considered among the most sought after by today’s players, and due to his low production rates of about 12/year, are very difficult to find in good condition.  This instrument which is VERY flamenco, has two minor soundboard cracks along the edges of the fingerboard, but is otherwise in mint condition, with almost no evidence of having been played nor repaired.  The original french polish is completely intact and perfect, the action is perfect and this would be a very appealing instrument for either a collector or concert player.  $7,500