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Established 1970

Featured Inventory Archives 1999-2012

Gruhn Guitars D'Aquisto 7-string

1975 D'Aquisto New Yorker 7-string


James L. D'Aquisto apprenticed under master archtop builder John D'Angelico, but when D'Angelico died in 1965 and D'Aquisto rose to fill his position as the premier archtop builder, he soon established a signature look that bridged tradition and modernism.

This New Yorker from 1975 exemplifies the D'Aquisto style. The model name is a carryover from D'Angelico, and the top of the headstock has a circular cutout that has its roots in D'Angelico's "broken scroll" pediment (without D'Angelico's ornamental cupola), but the "f-holes" have been streamlined to the point of becoming "s-holes," the pickguard has been streamlined, the tailpiece is a simple solid wood design and the fingerboard inlay is minimal. Instead of traditional yellow-to-brown sunburst or natural finish, this guitar features a shaded amber-to-auburn treatment that accentuates the highly figured maple in the back of the body and neck.

And on top of all that, this is a seven-string. It was custom made for Howie Collins, a versatile guitarist whose credits range from Guitar Quintet of Bucky Pizzarelli to "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" (Dylan's second album).

Ihis guitar (inv. #AR3873) is 17 1/4" wide and is in exceptionally fine condition. It comes with a standard pickguard for acoustic play and an additional guard with a built-in floating Kent Armstrong pickup. With original hard case it is now offered at $32,000

This instrument is SOLD

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Headstock
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