1986 D'Aquisto New Yorker Classic


James L. D'Aquisto apprenticed under the premier maker of archtop guitars, John D'Angelico, and when D'Angelico died in 1964, that title was passed on to D'Aquisto. He quickly developed his own signature design touches and continued to make archtops in the tradition of his mentor.

That all changed in the mid 1980s, when D'Aquisto abandoned such traditional materials as metal for tailpieces and nitrocellulose for bindings, pickguards and other ornamentation. His new Classic style guitars would be made of wood (except for tuning gears) and would feature minimal ornamentation. In 1986, he explained his concept to Far Side cartoonist and archtop aficionado Gary Larson, and Larson ordered a 17-inch New Yorker with the Classic treatment.

This is the guitar, originally owned by Larson, that introduced the D'Aquisto Classic styling. It features beautifully figured curly maple neck, back, sides, and peghead veneer. The bindings are maple. The tailpiece, bridge, fingerboard, pickguard, and truss rod cover are ebony. The only traditional ornamentation is the pearl-inlaid peghead logo. The sound is as powerful as the visual statement this guitar makes.

This historically important instrument, inv. #AR3911, is in near mint condition and comes in a Mark Leaf case. It is offered at $65,000.

This instrument is SOLD

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