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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.

Hill Rodriguez Master Series

2007 Hill Master Series Rodriguez Model (U.S.A), No. 2671, 650 mm scale, 50 mm nut, cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, one piece clear golpeador, minor fading of the original french polish, no cracks or repairs.  In our opinion, these Hill Rodriguez models were the most successful of Kenny’s “Master Series” which were made under Kenny Hill’s supervision in his California workshop.  They are very accurate replicas of the original Miguel Rodriguez guitars from Cordoba made famous by the Romeros.  However, they have none of the problems of the originals (iffy intonation, long scales, questionable humidity control, bad bridge placement, etc).  These problems have all been designed out of the original model without any sacrifice of the sound and performance, so for a fraction of the cost of an original, you can have a Rodriguez-like guitar with none of the problems inherent in the originals.  This guitar is loud, explosive and handles like a race horse champing to explode out of the starting gate.  VERY Spanish, any player looking for a great flamenco negra should look no further.  Ditto if you are a classical player who plays a lot of romantic Spanish repertoire.  For that matter, if you are a fussy player looking for a distinctive guitar, this is a great choice.  Our only regret is that these are no longer made as this one was with thin french polish finishes, and fidelity to the original great features of the Miguel Rodriguez guitars, so this is a rare chance to pick up one at a great price.  $4,000