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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.

Paulino Bernabe

1975 Paulino Bernabe (Spain) 660 mm scale, 53 mm nut, cedar top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, catalyzed urethane varnish, minor playing wear on the top, no cracks or repairs.  Stamped internally on the neck foot and label “P.B.” this instrument was personally made by Paulino before his later period when his instruments were subcontracted by others.  This instrument has his classic 3 fan top bracing system as illustrated in the Tom and Mary Ann Evans book, “Guitars from Renaissance to Rock.”  It is with instruments of this era that Paulino earned his just reputation as a fine and innovative luthier.  Huge big bold bright and powerful, this instrument immediately grabs your attention with its powerful delivery and balanced colorful projection.  Despite the scale, it plays very easily, and is exceptionally well balanced.  Just enough playing wear to keep the price from getting into ridiculous “collector” values, this is a rare chance to acquire a real Paulino Bernabe.  $7,000