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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.

2011 German Vazquez Rubio No 62511

2011 German Vasquez Rubio No 62511 (USA).  650mm scale, 53 mm nut, spaced 44.5 mm 1-6, European spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, Sloane tuning machines with ebony buttons, original french polish over lacquer, near mint original condition, only the tiniest of minor handling/playing wear marks.  An outstanding responsive colorful and dynamic instrument, with easy action, great depth of tone and beautiful wood selection of the highest quality.  We believe this is German Vazquez Rubio’s best model displaying his finest craftsmanship and attention to detail.  Hauser inspired, it also has some legacy of the bracing ideas used by Daniel Friederich, and the clarity of tone, projection and color range are remarkable, combining musical qualities of both Hauser Sr. and Friederich in a unique blend that results in a very musical instrument.  $6,500