| Condition: || Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition || Brand: || D'AQUISTO |
| Sub-Type: || Archtop || Country/Region of Manufacture: || Japan |
| Guitar Type: || Electric Guitar || Type: || Electric Guitar |
When he could no longer meet the increasing demand for his own, hand-made, signature guitars, Jimmy D'Aquisto designed two models for Fender - the Standard and the Elite. The Elite was a single pickup model and has become "the one to have" for the keen jazz player. Production began in 1984 at Fender's Custom Shop in Japan with Jimmy D'Aquisto personally involved in the building of the first series, all of which were destined for the US. They used a new Schaller pickup (specially designed by D'Aquisto) incorporating a double row of pole-pieces and finished in matt black. They are sweet! This natural version is the fourth of these delightful guitars I have owned and probably the most elegant. It comes from that first series, made in 1984, at a time when Jimmy was personally inspecting every guitar. The guitar plays really nicely. There is a little play wear on the frets but none at all on the rest of the guitar and this lovely Natural finish is close to Mint condition - no marks, blemishes, scratches or dents, just four weather checking lines on the top which is absolutely to be expected with a Fender D'Aquisto, they are all like it to some degree and this one is a really fine example. The only negative points are that a second strap button has been added and there are six small redundant screws in the headstock signalling that other tuners had been fitted at some time in the guitars life although the original tuners are back on the guitar. Despite these cosmetic issues it is a superb guitar to play, in fact its a players guitar through and through. So, overall, pretty much like a new guitar. It deserves to be played! It is a typically D'Aquisto style of guitar, slightly smaller body, short scale at 24.75" lightweight, with a really comfortable neck and set up properly. It is a delight to play. The electrics are perfect and the tone is very jazzy - the tone control ranges from sweet to bright. The acoustic properties of the body are amazing. Unamplified harmonics just ring-on for ever!! Amplified, well I just remember those lovely old videos of Jimmy Raney playing his Elite! The case is all original with some normal signs of age but generally in outstanding condition. This is a really special guitar and not many were made in this spec. Stunning to look at, but even better to play!! £2650 if you use PayPal, £2500 if you use Bank Transfer.