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James D'Aquisto brought us many fine guitars including the Hagström JimmyClick to See James D'Aquisto chat and play the Blues!
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JOfr.jpg (31288 bytes)The original quantity of Oval hole Jimmys brought to the UK was 23. MIS.jpg (32455 bytes)
There were only ever 356 made. 
This is 148th, 43rd in a small batch of 51 made in 1977.
So who can work out the serial number ? (just for fun!)

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Apart from below, more general info will follow, and some interesting communications 
with another friend of the Hagstrom UK site... CHECK BACK VERY SOON !

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You will find accounts of the Hagström Jimmy elsewhere on the site - most notably Ron Chapman's accounts of his two F-Hole 2 pick-up Jimmys.

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There is of course an alternative, and personal choice between the 'F' and the 'Oval' hole Jimmy featured here. 

This fine guitar has more of an acoustic feel and sound when played or amplified. 

Both versions are exquisite, rare, and worth cherishing. For me, playing is like getting back to the heritage of my acoustic roots.

5.5Mb download MPG2 available of me messing around...
You DO NOT get the full richness by any means, but it's good fun.
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James L. D'Aquisto (1935-95) career started by tending the D'Angelico shop in the early 1950s. As D'Angelico's health started to fail in the late 50s, D'Aquisto assisted him with instrument construction. After John D'Angelico died in 1964, D'Aquisto constructed his own guitars, resembling those made by D'Angelico. As mentioned elsewhere in this site, he assisted other famous names in the guitar industry, as well as his excellent work with Hagström (he loved quality), he worked with Fender and Martin, and was considered the equivalent to a modern day Stradivarius. [Link] [Picture Link]

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There is much more to read about James D'Aquisto by using your search engine around the web!

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In January 2005 these siblings were reunited
Many thanks to Jacques.

There were 480 made using Bjarton bodies 1969 (they have a tone toggle switch on the upper body)
There were 727 made with dedicated tooling in the Full Hagstrom production runs from 1976 to 1979.

(External Link) Chris Cox from Golden Boulder playing at Goodwood House January 2006

This superb example comes from the final production run in 1979.

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There were a variety of different tuners made with the D'Aquisto design machine head.
Click the picture below to see an enlarged picture showing the
two versions we have here between the Oval (1977) and the "F" (1979)

It has been stated by Hagstrom in Sweden that this example was probably made by Per Ollson (then head of design).
This makes it a rather special example... See the original page

See also:

Our first visit to Sweden - and the hand made Jimmy Prototype:

Other James D'Aquisto Prototype examples (and or mysteries) can be found here

How The Hagstrom D'Aquisto models fit into the story of Hagstrom

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Take a browse through the Catalogues Pages     

 Or click the Red oval button top and bottom of every page for the Main Menu

Read more of the story surrounding James D'Aquisto and Hagstrom starting here

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Finally, a word from the previous owner of the Oval, since 1984 (Thanks Jim):

Hi David, You know how you get a bit paranoid when you send things through the post! Well that was me today. (I'm sure that phrase rings a bell!) Thank Somebody that the post eventually got through. Hope that Jimmy is all you hoped for. Feel free to return him if not as expected. I will refund your cash in full. Hope that you are pleased with your purchase.  Best wishes as ever, Jim

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There's nothing like a REAL original Swedish made Hagstrom (and there are loads around), but if it 'floats your boat', or you can't find an original then who are we to say?

Plenty has been said already and
will be said forever forward probably.
Only you know what's right for you!