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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.

Bruné Model 30-C No. 86036

Bruné Model 30-C (Japan), No. 86036, 650 mm scale, 51 mm nut, strings are spaced 42 mm on centers between 1st and 6th, cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, original varnish of catalyzed urethane, excellent condition, only minor playing/handling wear visible hear and there, and some minor fading of the finish due to sun exposure.  Made in the Asturias shop in Japan to Bruné specifications using the Bruné top bracing system, these all solid wood guitars are a great value.  The sound is full and bright, very powerful, and well balanced.  Necks are very comfortable and well proportioned, and the instruments are noted for their ease of playing.  Very popular with teachers and professionals, these instruments rival the sound and specifications of Spanish instruments costing two to three times as much.  The first two digits of the serial number reference the year of creation, in this case, 1986.  Extremely reliable, these were made under very strictly controlled humidity conditions using the most select materials entirely by hand by skilled luthiers.  $3,500