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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.

1978 Steven Warshaw

1978 Steven Warshaw (U.S.A.) No. 6, 664 mm scale, 52 mm scale, strings spaced 43 mm on centers between 1st and 6th, action at the 12th fret is 3.2 mm on the bass side and 2.2 mm on the treble side.  Spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original very thin finish of lacquer, Schaller gold Hauser style tuning machines.  Steven Warshaw worked on the east coast and was a student/associate of several prominent luthiers including Walter Lipton, Juan Orozco Jr., Michael Gurian, and Donald Warnock, who he studied with just prior to the construction of this particular instrument.  He built very few classical instruments, and most, like this one were very loosely based on a 1950’s Marcelo Barbero owned by Guy Van Duser.  This instrument is more robust than the typical Barbero, and braced internally more like a Hauser than a Barbero, so it is a blended sound of the two makers, very well made and finished, with excellent clarity, brilliance and round basses.  The action is very easy to play and there are no cracks or repairs.  Minor handling wear is visible on the top.  An interesting and very well made instrument, its a shame he did not make more classical guitars.  $5,000