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800 Greenwood St
Evanston, IL, 60201
United States

847-864-7730

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.

Sergei deJonge

1999 Sergei deJonge (Canada) 645 mm, 50 mm nut, spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, french polished top, sides back and neck are finished in original lacquer, Van Ghent gold plated tuning machines.  Sergei deJonge is part of the Canadian circle of luthiers who all began their careers in the Jean Claude Larrivee shop in Toronto.  Jean Claude was himself a student of Edgar Mönch, who emigrated to Canada after WW II from Germany, where he was friends with the Hauser family.  Along with the influence of Mönch, Sergei deJonge has also drawn inspiration from the work of the late American luthier John Gilbert, particularly in his bridge design, which results in an exceptionally bright and loud instrument, with an aggressive attack, and excellent sustain.  If you have lusted after a Gilbert, but lacked the price of admission we encourage you to consider this wonderful example which reflects much of the musical philosophy of Gilbert’s models for a fraction of the cost.  Minor playing wear and nail marks are visible here and there around the instrument, no cracks or repairs.  Action is very easy, the instrument is exceptionally playable.  $6,500