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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Story of the Hagstrom James L D'Aquisto Guitar by Ron Chapman.

My earlier meeting today with Ron Chapman produced this post that first appeared in "Just Jazz Guitar". Ron writes about his Hagstrom "Jimmy" guitars. It's a must for all guitar buffs. Click here. (Ignore the date on the link today's date is the correct one!) Lance. (There will be more from Ron later inc. a piece on Gary Potter.)

2 comments :

Roly said...

Very interesting stuff. D'Aquisto with his then apprentice Roger Borys (now a revered luthier in his own right) developed a laminate archtop which Jim Hall adopted. I think there are only a handful in existence. Jim Hall used that D'Aquisto guitar exclusively for years. It has a gorgeous sound (a lot to do with JH though). The Gibson 175 is possibly the most used jazz guitar and it's a laminate top. In recent years other luthiers have developed boutique laminate instruments - Manzer, Sadowsky, Buscarino and others. There is a school of thought that a high end laminate top instrument gives a sweeter, more balanced tone and is more consistent, guitar to guitar, than carved top guitars which may have a bigger sound, more bass but sometimes more brittle high end and more inconsistency guitar to guitar.
Roly

Ron said...

Roly is quite correct about the guitars that Jimmy D'Aquisto built, there must be at least fifty out there in the wide world somewhere. I mentioned in the Hagstrom article that he shipped fifty unfinished guitar bodies over to New York. Then fifty guitar necks intended for them were lost or stolen during the shipping. I have seen one of the guitars with the hagstrom body but with Jimmy D'Aquistos own manufactured neck. It was $30,000!!!

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