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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.

Jose Ramirez III 1960

1960 Jose Ramirez III 1a flamenco (Spain)  656 mm scale, 52 mm nut, Spruce top, Spanish cypress sides and back, original french polish of shellac.  While Jose Ramirez III came to be known for his cedar tops, this instrument pre-dates his adoption of cedar, and in many ways illustrates the influence the late great Marcelo Barbero had on makers such as Ramirez, as the interior bracing and general design closely mirrors Barbero’s ideas regarding top bracing.  Very flamenco, feminine, with an easy low action, this instrument is fitted with gold plated Fustero tuning machines and original clear golpeador.  There is minor playing wear visible, but all told, this guitar is in remarkable condition for a guitar more and half a century old, and is good to go for many more centuries with reasonable care.  $6,000