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NMM 10822.  Guitar by Fender Custom Shop, Corona, California, 1994.
D'Aquisto Ultra model.  Serial number 001.  Ex coll.:  Pamela D'Aquisto Giordano, Centereach, New York.
Tony and Bonnie Vinatieri Family Trust, 2005.

NMM 10822.  Guitar by Fender Custom Shop, Corona, California, 1994.

Beginning in 1984, James D'Aquisto worked with Fender to produce arch-top jazz guitars at more modest prices than those of his own work. The D'Aquisto Standard and D'Aquisto Elite were made in Japan, and featured laminated bodies and humbucking pickups. In 1994, these models were superseded by the D'Aquisto Deluxe and the D'Aquisto Ultra, both made in the Fender Custom Shop, with hand-carved spruce tops. NMM 10822 is the first D'Aquisto Ultra model guitar produced by Fender and bears serial number 001.

Serial number stamped on back of peghead

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James D'Aquisto posed with this guitar in a 1994 Fender ad (right). He subsequently gave the guitar to his daughter, prior to his death in 1995--just a year after this instrument was developed--while staying in a hotel near the Fender Custom Shop.

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James D'Aquisto poses with this guitar in Fender ad


Front, Side, and Back Views

Front of Fender guitar Treble side of guitar Bass side of guitar Back of guitar


Front and Back of Body

Front of body
Back of body


Views of Peghead and Tuners

Front of peghead
Model name:  D'Aquisto

Detail of tuner

Back of peghead


Views of Fretboard and Back of Neck

Fretboard
Lower end of fretboard, bass side

Above: Lower end of fretboard,
bass side

Lower end of fretboard, treble side

Above: Lower end of fretboard,
treble side

Back of neck


Views of Neck Heel

Treble side of neck heel
Bass side of neck heel


Soundhole, Pickguard, and Tailpiece

Soundhole
Pickguard
Tailpiece

Bridge and Lower End of Guitar

Bridge

Lower end of guitar


Literature:  "Artistry By D'Aquisto, Improvisation By Ford, Guitars By Fender," Guitar Player (November 1994), p. 100.

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