Acquired of the Angels: The Lives and Works of Master Guitar Makers John D'angelico and James L. D'aquisto

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John D'Angelico and James L. D'Aquisto have long been considered the Stradivaris of guitar makers - crafting musically precise, richly resonant, and beautifully decorated instruments that are considered works of art themselves. The first part of this book explores the life of the relatively secretive John D'Angelico through reminiscences, photographs, and interviews with his apprentice and protege, the late James L. D'Aquisto. Later chapters provide biographical information and chart the artistic techniques of ...
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Overview

John D'Angelico and James L. D'Aquisto have long been considered the Stradivaris of guitar makers - crafting musically precise, richly resonant, and beautifully decorated instruments that are considered works of art themselves. The first part of this book explores the life of the relatively secretive John D'Angelico through reminiscences, photographs, and interviews with his apprentice and protege, the late James L. D'Aquisto. Later chapters provide biographical information and chart the artistic techniques of D'Aquisto. Photographs taken in their New York workshop reveal never before explained construction techniques for the arch-top guitar.
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Explores the lives and work of two prominent 20th-century American luthiers, John D'Angelico and his apprentice and protege, James D'Aquisto, including detailed description of their instrument construction techniques. Includes color photographs. The first edition was published in 1991. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Journal Of The American Musical Instrument Society
Schmidt does a fine job uncovering what little there was to know about D'Angelico (much of it from D'Aquisto) and placing his work in the context of commercial guitar making. He provides a good study of D'Aquisto's overall career...gives a sense of their work and their contribution to guitar-making.
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Explores the lives and work of two prominent 20th-century American luthiers, John D'Angelico and his apprentice and protege, James D'Acquisto, including detailed description of their instrument construction techniques.
American Lutherie
Acquired of the Angels is a truly wonderful and carefully prepared book, and I highly recommend it.
— Linda Manzer
Journal of The American Musical Instrument Society
Schmidt does a fine job uncovering what little there was to know about D'Angelico (much of it from D'Aquisto) and placing his work in the context of commercial guitar making. He provides a good study of D'Aquisto's overall career...gives a sense of their work and their contribution to guitar-making.
Al
This is a beautiful book. There are superb color studio photos. The reader will enjoy this testimonial to the lives and the guitars of two exceptionally gifted and visionary builders.
American Lutherie - Linda Manzer
Acquired of the Angels is a truly wonderful and carefully prepared book, and I highly recommend it.
Al
This is a beautiful book. There are superb color studio photos. The reader will enjoy this testimonial to the lives and the guitars of two exceptionally gifted and visionary builders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810823464
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1991
  • Pages: 109

Meet the Author

Paul William Schmidt is an artist, teacher, and scholar currently residing in Wooster, Ohio. He is also the author of The History of the Ludwig Drum Company, published in 1991 by Centerstream Publications.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Capturing the Magic
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I D'Angelico 3
1 The Man 5
2 The Instruments 27
Pt. II D'Aquisto 77
3 The Man 79
4 The Instruments 103
Conclusion: Memories of the D'As 137
Appendixes 153
The Ledgers 155
D'Angelico Ledger 157
D'Aquisto Ledger 173
Sources of Additional Information 179
Index 183
About the Author 185
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