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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.

M. E Brune 000 Steel String

Marshall Bruné OOO steel string (U.S.A.)  No. 20, 640 mm scale (25 1/4”), 47 mm nut (1 7/8”), Adirondack spruce top, Spanish cypress sides and back, black ebony fingerboard, Gold plated Waverly tuning machines, one piece Honduras mahogany neck, hand padded french polish of shellac, clear one piece pickguard, ebony bridge with hand made lemonwood bridge pins inlaid with MOP.  Rosette has delicate center circle of matched abalone pearl.  Bound in rosewood with black/red/white purflings, all wood, NO PLASTIC.  Neck is fitted with 2 way adjustable truss rod.  An exceptionally responsive and easy to play small bodied steel string.  The non-traditional cypress sides and back give an immediate clear sprightly character to the sound, and the instrument is as light as a feather.  If you like traditional 12 fret small bodied steel strings that are crisp, deep and responsive, this is the instrument for you.  $6,000