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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.

New World Player's series No. 81116

2016 New World Player’s Series (China) No. 81116, 650 mm scale, 51 mm nut, strings are spaced 42 mm on centers between 1st and 6th, action at the 12th fret is 4 mm on the bass side and 3 mm on the treble side.  Cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, elevated fingerboard, with the genuine mahogany neck extending in one piece onto the soundboard, sound ports on the sides by the heel of the neck, catalyzed urethane varnish all around.  These Chinese made New World models which are commissioned and distributed by Kenny Hill are superb quality, with very choice wood selection, great attention to detail and correct set up.  The sound is really impressive, with huge volume, sustain, clarity and crisp focus on each note.  Tone colors are right at hand, and the dynamic range is excellent, as is the playability.  The neck is fitted with a 2-way adjustable truss rod to allow setting the neck relief to individual player needs without refretting.  You simply cannot find a better value in a new instrument than what these provide.  $2,400