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1000 North Rand Road No. 224
Wauconda, IL, 60084
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.

1969 José Oribe

1969 José Oribe (U.S.A.), No. A-216, 657 mm scale, 53 mm nut, strings spaced at 43 mm on centers between 1st and 6th.  Cedar top, Spanish cypress sides and back, rosewood friction pegs, original untouched Varathane varnish.  There are two white tapping plates and a clear plate in between which have been added to the instrument later, and considerable playing/handling wear around the entire instrument, which has been used professionally.  The action is very low, measuring 2.25 mm on the bass and 1.8 mm on the treble at the 12th fret, and the strings ride a scant 7.5 mm above the top at the bridge, a near perfect traditional flamenco set up.  Despite the extensive playing and handling wear, there are no cracks, and the sound is great, a very explosive powerful instrument with great rasp, perfect right hand tension and easy "pulsacion."  José has been making guitars since 1962 and from the very beginning his work was the equal of any of the greatest Spanish makers working in Spain, he is a very dedicated and consummate luthier who knows how to make a great guitar.  If you want pure sound and performance and don’t care about looks, this is the guitar for you.  $6,500