| Brand: || D'Aquisto || Exact Year: || 1979 |
| Series: || Original || One of the less than 400 guitars hand made by James D'Aquisto, arguably the finest archtop guitar builder of all time, and successor to John D'Angelico. This is a prime example of his New Yorker Special model, which was his 17" version of the New Yorker. It was built in late 1979, when D'Aquisto's guitar had evolved significantly from those made by D'Angelico. Note the ebony tailpiece and the modern looking F holes. This guitar has survived with no cracks and only one small patch of finish wear on the back of the neck. The floating Johnny Smith style pickup shows some wear on the gold plating. There is noticeable wear on the frets, but they play just fine and need no work. The sound is divine, even and smooth with lots of complexity and character. The one thing that does need to be mentioned in terms of condition is that (in common with almost all the D'Aquistos made with plastic binding) there is some slight deterioration of the plastic binding. This is most noticeable in the heel cap, which actually has some visible cracks in it. There's also evidence (minute checks) in the cutaway area. It comes with a well used very heavy duty Calton case (or a regular hardshell case if you'd prefer). If you're near San Francisco, feel free to arrange an appointment to try this fine instrument out. I would be delighted to not have to ship it, of course. Because of its high value, shipping will of course be expensive, and will be in addition to the cost shown for shipping.