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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.

Ramirez CWE "Marcel Dadi"

1993 José Ramírez CWE (Spain), Marcel Dadi Model, 650 mm scale, 50 mm nut, strings are spaced at 41 mm on center between 1st and 6th, action at the 12th fret is 3 mm on the bass side and 2.5 mm on the treble.  Cedar top, laminated Indian rosewood sides and back, catalyzed urethane varnish on entire instrument, fitted with L. R. Baggs microphone/pickup system.  These instruments which were made for the Ramírez shop are excellent for using on commercial gigs such as wedding, outdoor venues and other times when you need to be heard but don’t want to deal with lots of expensive sound equipment.  Just plug into your portable PA, or the house system, adjust to the room and you will be heard.  Great for jazz players, too with the smaller neck and easy action.  Minor playing/handling wear visible and there is a previously installed clear golpeador on the top.  $1,500