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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.

Hill Master Series Rodriguez No. 2117

2004 Hill Master Series Rodriguez Model (U.S.A.) No. 2117, 650 mm scale, 51 mm nut, 41 mm spacing between 1st and 6th strings, action at the 12th fret measures 4 mm on the bass side and 3 mm on the treble side.  Cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, original french polish of shellac, Gold deluxe Gotoh tuning machines.  This is one of the Hill Master series made in Kenny Hill’s Felton, California workshop and it is a very close copy of the guitars of Miguel Rodriguez of Córdoba which were made so famous by the Romero family.  Kenny’s Rodriguez models were in our opinion the best copies ever made of this iconic model and to their advantage, they do not have the intonation and tuning issues present on many of the unaltered originals.  In addition, the hill shop built these with a 2 way adjustable truss rod embedded in the neck which makes it possible to very easily change the neck relief to suit the player without having to refret the guitar.  The sound is very southern Spanish, explosively quick, brilliant and very deep in the bass, a throaty very colorful instrument which plays like a fast Italian sports car drives.  We love these older Master series for their integrity and attention to detail.  Minor crazing, playing and handling wear on the original french polish which in no way affects the musicality nor long term viability of the instrument.  $4,500