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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.

Manuel Rodriguez Sr.

1961 Manuel Rodriguez Sr. (USA) No. 160, 653 mm scale, 51 mm nut, spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original french polish of shellac.  Manuel Rodriguez left Spain for Los Angeles in 1957, where this instrument was made.  It is however very firmly made in the old Madrid tradition.  This particular instrument has the desirable traditional bridge design, and not Rodriguez’ later patented moveable saddle model, which was not a good idea.  Because of this, the instrument has a really great traditional Madrid character, with brilliant trebles, immediate response, and focused, firm basses that are round and deep.  Carrying power is remarkable and the wood selection is out of this world, with materials that are today virtually unobtainable.  Its chief defect is the action which is a tad high, but it could be corrected with a new fingerboard and frets, which would put the instrument into an entirely new category.  Because of the action issue (which is the way the instrument was originally built, NOT the result of subsequent deterioration), we have priced this guitar very attractively, far below what Manuel’s sons are charging for their top model currently.  $6,500