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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.

R. E. Brune Concert 1980

1980 R. E. Bruné Concert Model (U.S.A.)  655 mm scale, 51 mm nut, cedar top, quartered Brazilian rosewood sides and back, catalyzed urethane varnish (original), one previously repaired top crack, newer set of Sloane machine heads.  If you love the bold sound of cedar, you will absolutely love this guitar, it is rich, colorful and exceptionally clear, and when heard from the back of the hall, it rivals any of these newer “hi tech” instruments with manufactured tops.  The catalyzed urethane, which was my standard finish back then has now settled into the wood and gives a real edge to the sound while at the same time having a nearly indestructible surface.  Despite over 30 years of heavy playing, this instrument still looks nearly new.  If you like the classic Ramirez sound but wish it a bit clearer and more balanced, not to mention much easier to play, look no further.  $7,500