Up for sale is this gorgeous Made In Japan Fender D'Aquisto Archtop Guitar (Elite Master Series). From the Serial number this one was produced in 1984 or 1985. In spectacular condition for a guitar that is 30 years old. All Original. Action is incredible & plays & sound awesome. Case is in fantastic condition as well.

Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 11/16"

Materials: Bookmatched arched spruce top, bookmatched arched flame maple back and sides; three-piece solid maple neck with adjustable truss rod; solid ebony fingerboard; mother of pearl fingerboard and peghead inlay; triple bound body, headstock and fingerboard, bound f-holes.

Hardware: 100 % original gold plated hardware includes Schaller D'Aquisto humbucking pickup; sealed tuners with ebony keys; contoured ebony tailpiece; adjustable compensated ebony bridge; triple bound ebony pickguard; solid ebony volume and tone knobs; D'Aquisto signature headstock inlay.

Notes: Jimmy D'Aquisto was the last and most celebrated apprentice to the legendary John D'Angelico. In an abbreviated career of just three decades, D'Aquisto created a peerless body of work, instruments that are now the most costly and sought after archtops ever made. Working in collaboration with Fender Musical Instruments, he also created a number of more accessibly priced instruments that have become highly prized by serious players to this day.

The single pickup Elite was produced in limited quantities between 1984 & 1987 then reissued from 1989 to 1994 only. I have read that there were between 200 & 300 made from 1984 to 1987. The deluxe Elite version features a solid ebony fingerboard, single neck pickup, and gold hardware. The Elite is the most highly prized by jazz players, and the hardest to find. This example is from the original series, and features the two point bound ebony pickguard, and Jimmy's specially designed Schaller pickup, found on this debut year only. With dimensions similar to the ES-175, the 16" body is comfortable to hold, with a sleek 2 3/4" body depth, and the 24 3/4" scale makes fast runs and stretch chords fall more easily under the hand. The laminated construction resists feedback at higher volumes and assists sustain as well.

This example is in superb condition. Action is smooth and low over freshly dressed original medium jumbo fretwork. Jimmy's gift to the gigging musician, the D'Aquisto Elite is a superbly designed instrument at a working player's price

Year Condition Color Case
~1997 Excellent Sunburst Original Hard


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Bob Martancik
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Opening February 16th 2009

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