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1982 D'Aquisto Nylon Euro Maple/Spruce Serial #1
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Status
Sold
Brand
D'Aquisto, James L.
Product Year
1982
Model
Nylon
Serial #
1
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
1368
Condition
Excellent, some play wear, few pick marks and small dings. Overall very clean.
Body Type(s)
Medium, Concert Classical
Back & Sides
Maple - European
Top
xx
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
None
Top Trim
Violin Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
None
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Maple - European - Flamed
Headstock Inlay
None
Body Bindings
Rosewood
Tuners
Schaller
Tuner Finish
Gold Etched with Pearl Buttons
Cutaway
Venetian
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.25 in
Upper Bout
11 in
Lower Bout
15 in
Body Depth Heel
3 in
Body Depth Tail
4 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
650 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.45 mm
String Spacing
2.125 in
String Spacing (mm)
53.975 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Bausach
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Description

From Wikipedia about Jimmy D'Aquisto: "James L. D'Aquisto (1935-1995) was an American guitar maker best known as one of the premier makers of custom archtop guitars.[1] He served as an apprentice to John D'Angelico in the early 1950s and was considered his successor after the latter's death in 1964. From his shop in Farmingdale, New York, D'Aquisto became the top guitar maker from the late 1960s until his death in 1995. Today, his guitars sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some expect that the first guitar in history to sell above the $1,000,000 mark will be a D'Aquisto." D'Aquisto's log book indicates 3 nylon string guitars were made, but this is the only nylon string D'Aquisto known to still exist. It was a part of the famous Chinnery Collection. D'Aquisto Archtops sell for over $100,000 this is being the only Nylon string known D'Aquisto to exist make it's extremely rare and historic. It is crafted from flamed European Maple and topped with European Spruce and features a cutaway and a 1 3/4" nut width. It was custom made as a crossover nylon string guitar. The design of the guitar very unique and interesting as well, it features an offset X-braced top with 6 fan braces. The back has two long fan braces and bridged struts that do not touch the fan braces. The top and back are both signed James L. D'Aquisto 1/11/82 #1. Clearly indicating this to be the very first D'Aquisto Nylon String guitar ever made. We are very proud to offer a rare chance to own high level collectible of this stature. We give you the only known D'Aquisto Nylon String.

One of the most amazing parts of what I do is the chance to see some of the very instrument that shape the history of the guitar. Jimmy D'Aquisto was quite simply an historic guitar maker who's legacy continues on after his passing in 1995. Holding this Nylon String Crossover from Jimmy D'Aquisto you can almost sense how much fun it must have been for him to have a chance to make something different, something other than the archtops he was so loved for. Knowing builders as I do they really sink their teeth into custom projects and enjoy those that push the boundaries. This guitar is superbly playable with a 1 3/4" nut and the tone is magical. It's unique combination of fan and X bracing give it a strong and articulate voice. The trebles leap off the soundboard making it a wonderful lead instrument. It off course was designed for Jazz but also works perfectly for Gypsy, Brazilian, Flamenco and much more. This is also an excitingly rare collectible guitar, as it is the only known nylon D'Aquisto to exist. Many D'Aquisto guitar have sold for over $100,000 and the future value of a rare D'Aquisto guitars will likely grow in leaps and bounds. We are thrilled to be able to offer you this D'Aquisto Guitar.
 
This guitar was designed for the jazz player who wants that nylon string sound. The neck is low profile and very comparable to a steel string neck size, too small for a classical player.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.125 in
WOODS XX,
MAPLE - EUROPEAN

From Wikipedia about Jimmy D'Aquisto: "James L. D'Aquisto (1935-1995) was an American guitar maker best known as one of the premier makers of custom archtop guitars.[1] He served as an apprentice to John D'Angelico in the early 1950s and was considered his successor after the latter's death in 1964.
 

One of the most amazing parts of what I do is the chance to see some of the very instrument that shape the history of the guitar. Jimmy D'Aquisto was quite simply an historic guitar maker who's legacy continues on after his passing in 1995.
 
This guitar was designed for the jazz player who wants that nylon string sound. The neck is low profile and very comparable to a steel string neck size, too small for a classical player.
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