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-----Original Message-----                                                 (Ron Chapman Page 2) Return to (Page 1)

From: RonChpmn  
e-mail: jazzfinger2007@talktalk.net (e-mail address updated Jan 2009)
Sent: 14 September 2001 17:10
To: davidcox@ntlworld.com
Subject: Re: The Hagstrom D'Aquisto Guitars

Hello David,

I am sending a couple of photographs of my two guitars. I have been doing some work on them, the best thing about having two identical models is that I can be working on one of them and still be playing every day on the other.

For the benefit of readers of your web pages the alterations made to the guitars have made a distinct improvement, not only to the sound but also to the appearance.Gold Guitat C.JPG (76968 bytes)

I have fitted Ebony tailpieces in line with James D'Aquisto's later development in his guitar building and which is already mentioned in my "Jimmy" story on your web pages.

I have also been inspired by a D'Aquisto guitar which I saw some time ago with an Ebony pick guard, I developed the idea further and have made the pick guards from Ebony but with the most beautiful Abalone, inlaid around the edge of the pick guard.
Its the single most outstanding and beautiful alteration to the Instrument.

Both Guitars.jpg (15504 bytes)Hold on there's more !  on one of the Instruments I have fitted Gold Gibson Humbucking pickups, Gold Grover Imperial tuners and gold control knobs, its fair to say that the Gibson pickups sound no better than the original Hagstrom pickups, perhaps they are made by Gibson ?.   And..... on the other model with the chrome pickups I have fitted Grover Imperial tuners but the nickel chrome to match the original pickups, I am awaiting a set of Mother of pearl tuning knobs from Germany which are made in the same "stepped" design as those presently fitted.

Yes, I have been carried away somewhat with these alterations, I obtained the Abalone shell from a Company inBlack Guitar Close up.JPG (55989 bytes) Australia who can supply it cut to size up to a maximum of about 50 x 50mm, I bought 700 mm total length cut to 5mm width to take care of a lot of the straight lengths and several larger pieces for the curved sections on the pickguard but it still took a total of about 20 hours work to produce the finished article.

I love these guitars, I still have found time to play every day, either in the Restaurant or at three of the other Jazz venues where I play regularly, I am always sure of one thing, no matter how well or how badly I play, everyday someone will approach me and say wow, what a wonderful sound.
Thank you James L. D'Aquisto.

Regards   Ron Chapman

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