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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.

Visesnut Cover

An elegant additional layer of protection for your premium case.

Visesnut nylon case cover.  Highly recommended for additional thermal insulation and shock resistance, the custom made Visesnut cover is made of water repellent rip stop black nylon with YKK zippers with leather pulls with accommodation for TSA approved locks (not included).  It has enclosed rain flaps to repel water away from the case, and four access flaps over the  case “D” rings which allows the case back pack straps to be used with the case cover.  With the cover on the Visesnut case, the total outside dimensions are 42” long (107 cm) by 17 1/2” wide (44 cm) by 7” deep (18 cm) meaning it will fit the overhead bin of just about every large commercial aircraft in service worldwide.  Total weight of the Visesnut case, cover and backpack straps is 9 pounds. We strongly recommend using the optional case cover for the additional protection it offers and for the preservation of the Visesnut case.  $90