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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.

1997 Blackshear No 249

1997 Tom Blackshear No. 249, (USA) 650 mm scale, 52 mm nut spaced at 44 mm 1st to 6th on center, cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, original French polish of shellac which has been padded over in the Bruné shop recently.  Machines are a set of Schaller Hauser style gold plated which replace the original unknown set.  This is a Miguel Rodriguez inspired model, which in our opinion represents the finest of Tom Blackshear’s work.  He really understands the essence of these very Spanish sounding Rodriguez models and makes copies which in our opinion are usually superior to the originals, both in technical execution and musical performance.  If you are looking for a well played opened up very Spanish sounding instrument with an easy to play 650 mm scale, look no further, this is your instrument.  No cracks, no repairs, frets are nearly new, finish looks great, and the price is less than half the cost of a new Blackshear, assuming you could get one.  $6500