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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.

1994 Bruné Artist No. 579

1994 R. E. Bruné Artist Model No 579 (USA), 650 mm scale, 51 mm nut with strings spaced 43 mm on centers between first and sixth, cedar top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original French polish of shellac, Panormo style Rodgers tuning machines.  This is a custom ordered very rare Bruné Artist model with cedar top.  The cedar was personally logged in British Columbia in 1976 on an expedition to acquire wood with fellow guitar maker Robert Ruck.  The sound is brilliant, immediate and very even, with a Spanish flavor.  Very easy to play, the condition is excellent, the French polish was recently padded over by R. E. Bruné to restore previous dull and worn areas and except for some minor playing and handling wear marks visible on the soundboard, the instrument look nearly new.  The wait to get a new one is very long, so this is a rare chance to acquire a really fine concert level instrument without an impossible wait.  $14,000