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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.

2002 Dake Traphagen

2002 Dake Traphagen (U.S.A.) 650 mm scale, 52 mm nut, cedar top, Spanish cypress sides and back, slightly elevated fingerboard, Sloane/Waverly tuning machines, original french polish of shellac.   Condition is excellent, with no cracks or repairs, only slight finger nail marks here and there around the instrument.  Dake Traphagen studied lutherie with the Dutch luthier, Nico van de Waals, and later became the teacher of Pepe Romero Jr., who is now a well known guitar maker, too.  This instrument could really be thought of as a cypress classical guitar, with the slightly elevated fingerboard which is not traditional to flamenco instruments.  It is also a bit heavier than the usual traditional flamenco instrument and hence has a bit more body and sustain to the sound with less of a firecracker type of response.  The action is more in keeping with that preferred by classical players and the overall balance is quite nice with a wonderful depth to the basses and operatic quality in the trebles.  $7,000