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Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding your instrument, repairs, any instruments we have for sale, ordering an instrument, or any instrument you wish to sell.

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.



Many of the instruments we offer for sale are consigned by others through our shop.  We carefully examine each and every instrument to ensure it meets our standards, and when necessary we make minor adjustments of set-up and action, clean the instrument and restring it to ensure tip top condition.  However, instruments that require major repairs, or have previous bad repairs cannot be consigned for sale as is without proper restoration.

We will accept instruments which are priced below $10,000 for a consignment fee of 25% of the final sale price.  Instruments priced at $10,000 and above can be sold for a reduced fee of 20%, the same for instruments consigned through our shop which we have previously sold, providing the consignor was the original buyer of the instrument.  For instruments priced above $100,000 our fee is 10%

We accept instruments personally delivered to the shop, or shipped, preferably via FEDEX (Please read our Packing/Shipping instructions on the website BEFORE shipping any instrument to us).  For instruments consigned from outside the U.S.A., we cannot accept any shipments, it will be necessary for the consignor to personally deliver the instrument after clearing it though U.S. Customs.  If you are sending an instrument, be sure you have included a letter inside the case with the instrument with your name, address, phone, email and reason for sending the instrument.

Before sending any instrument, we prefer that you contact us and email ( some good photos of the instrument so we can avoid any unnecessary shipping or surprises.  We will discuss the instrument, its history, previous repairs and a number of other subjects to ensure that the instrument meets our standards.  When you call, it will be helpful to have the instrument in hand to answer some of our questions.

Please note that sales of instruments take time, it is a matter of connecting the right instrument to the right player, so it is not possible to estimate how long it will take to sell an instrument.  Please call (847-864-7730) if you have any questions regarding consigning your instrument.