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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.

Ricardo Sanchis Carpio

2008 Ricardo Sanchis Carpio #2 (Spain)  660 mm, 53 mm nut, spruce top, highly flamed European maple sides and back, catalyzed urethane varnish, mint condition, one piece clear golpeador.  A beautiful and flawlessly made guitar which would serve either for classical or modern flamenco perfectly, with a crisp clear loud projection, uniform color, and easy action.  Although this instrument is from a shop known for volume production, this is clearly a handmade instrument which received not only immaculate attention to detail, but also the very finest of materials.  It rivals the work of many individual luthiers.  $4,000