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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.

M. E. Bruné

M. E. Bruné (U.S.A.) No. 28, 645 mm scale, 51 mm nut, strings spaced 43 mm on center between 1st and 6th, spruce top, highly flamed violin quality European maple sides and back, original french polish of shellac, two clear golpeadores installed on the face, Sloane/Waverly tuning machines.  This instrument which is braced like the later Marcelo Barbero guitars is fitted with our “Bite-away,” which allows easier access to the upper frets and with the additional soundport in the Bite-away, more volume from the instrument.  The action is low and easy to play, measuring 3 mm on the bass side and 2 mm on the treble side at the 12th fret.  The sound is crisp and bright, very direct and immediate, yet the basses are really deep like older Spanish instruments, so it is a guitar with a very wide tone color range which is easy as butter to play and projects really well.  Because the sound is so clear, it also works very well with a mic on stage.  The waiting list for these is growing, so this is a great chance to acquire a Bruné without the wait.  $6,000