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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.

David Daily

David S. Daily (U.S.A.), 650 mm scale, 52 mm nut, strings are spaced 44 mm on centers between 1st and 6th.  Spruce top, quartered Brazilian rosewood sides and back, untouched french polish of shellac around entire instrument, the instrument is in nearly mint condition save for one nearly invisible hairline crack in the top next to the center seam.  A very traditional instrument which could easily pass as a modern Granada school guitar both visually and musically.  It is well balanced, with sweet warm trebles and round basses.  Balance between bass and treble is perfect, and the guitar is easy to control the colors and dynamics.  The action is low, measuring only 3.5 mm on the bass side and 2mm on the treble side at the 12th fret.  The wood selection on this instrument is superb, with a quality of Brazilian rosewood rarely seen today, or ever.  This is a great chance to pick up one of David’s highly sought instruments for considerably less than the new cost listed on his website.  $6,500