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vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D
vintage 1944 D

Archtop-Electric & Acoustic1944 D'Angelico Style B

John D’angelico is an American legend like Antonio Stradavari is an Italian legend. Working in a small shop in the Bowery area of New York City he made a total of 1164 instruments mostly archtop guitar until his death in 1964 at the age of 59. Trained as a violin and mandolin maker John was inspired in part by Gibson’s Lloyd Loar.

The big bands of the 30’s needed the guitar to cut through the horns and woodwinds as there was no amplification yet.

He selected woods as a chef selected ingredients then carving, shaping, fitting, listening. He added mass to neck joints and then shaved the tops and braces to the exacting specifications of the most famous jazz guitar the world has known.

Each one made for a customer, he was the finest builder of archtop guitars in the world.

This guitar is a rare find. Refinished long ago in an iced tea sunburst. Fancy later headstock with German era Grover Gold Imperial tuners, ebony fretboard, hand carved tap tuned top, with deluxe cast art deco D’angelico tailpiece. Beautiful bound fire stripe pickguard.

The Stradavarious of guitars, D’angelico made approximately double Stradavarius made in the late 17th century.

John D'angelico died Sept. 1st 1964. John's first guitar was made in 1932. Over the subsequent years many customers waited 10 or more years to possess one. This fancy Style B was delivered Nov. 11th 1943 according to his ledger.

On Consignment. You don’t own it but you’ll get to love it for $12,000

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