James D'Aquisto (American, New York 1935–1995 Corona, California)
Huntington, New York, United States
Spruce, maple, ebony, celluloid, mother-of-pearl
22 13/16 × 10 in. (58 × 25.4 cm)
Purchase, Amati Gifts, 2008
Not on view
This was the first of only three mandolins made by the celebrated luthier James D'Aquisto. Built in 1971 for Lydia Merriman, the instrument developed a crack in the top during construction and was put aside to be fixed and finished later. After the death of James D'Aquisto, the instrument was put into playing condition and used for several years.
In 2009, the instrument was restored to near original condition, using as an example the other two instruments built by James D'Aquisto as a model. This restoration was done by the luthier John Monteleone of Islip, Long Island.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: Signed on the inside in ink: James L. D'Aquisto 8/10/1971. Stamped below the signature is: 101.
"Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (2011), pg. 29, ill.
Written by. Archtop Guitars: The Journey from Cremona to New York. 2010 Graphis, Inc.. New York, 2010, pg. 158-159, ill.