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2005 D'Aquisto Teardrop

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Body size at lower bout: 17 1/2". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Materials: Solid bookmatched X-braced Sitka spruce top; solid maple neck; highly flamed tiger maple back and sides; solid ebony fingerboard; curly maple body binding; Macassar ebony headstock facing on front and back

Hardware: "Accutone" wedge-adjusting solid ebony bridge; contoured Macassar ebony tailpiece; dark ebony finger rest; gold sealed back Gotoh tuners with ebony keys.

Notes: One day in 1957 a variety entertainer named Pete Girardi walked into John D'Angelico's workshop in Little Italy. Girardi envisioned a guitar that would showcase his singing group, known as The Teardrops. And so begins the story of one of the most iconic guitars of all time.

The Teardrop guitar was eventually purchaed by the late collector Scott Chinery, who in 1992 commissioned D'Aquisto's successor, the celebrated Jimmy D'Aquisto, to create his own interpretation of the legendary instrument. D'Aquisto combined the distinctive 'shark's fin' body shape with features of his signature 'Solo' series design, including the segmented soundholes, open headstock, and contoured ebony tailpiece and finger rest.

The D'Aquisto Teardrop Reissue is a faithful tribute to the vision of it's creator, authorized by the estate of the D'Aquisto family. The solid spruce top is X- braced for warmth and sustain, the back and sides crafted of vividly figured flame maple, accented by tiger flame maple binding in natural finish. The gentle D neck profile is exquisitely balanced for ease of play, with tall medium jumbo frets smoothly crowned for easy fingering. A double acting truss rod allows for feeler-gauge adjustment, for effortless low string action and accurate neck relief. Of special note is D'Aquisto's original "Accutone" bridge, which transmits string vibration to the soundboard through solid wood alone, using an ebony wedge for height adjustment without metal wheels or posts.

The voice is clear, detailed and well balanced, with the enhanced sustain created by the solid X-braced soundboard. A product of Japan's famed Terada workshop, this eyecatching guitar is in virtually unplayed condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and all original finish, hardware and factory custom teardrop case. These Teardrops seldom fall on the vintage market. So call now, or dry your eyes later.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze wound strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 1/16" to 3/32" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Black DA logo original arched plushlined hardshell case.






















































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