Friday, February 24, 2006

Because I'm All About the Guitar Pt. 18: A beautiful guitar

Image hosting by PhotobucketSometimes the muse strikes. Sometimes not. Sometimes it tells you to write. Sometimes it tells you to admire a beautiful guitar.

D'Angelico guitars are considered some of the very finest ever made and the teardrop New Yorker is their very best. From the D'Angelico website about the founder:

Master luthier John D’Angelico is universally regarded as the finest archtop guitar builder that ever lived. In his Kenmare Street workshop, on New York City’s Lower East Side, he created the first of what would become the standard to which all other guitars would be compared. D’Angelico adapted techniques that had been used for centuries, and then improved these delicate manual processes in order to build the modern instruments demanded by his musician clients. These guitarists often requested special size and structural variations, in the body depth or scale of the neck for example, and that additional features and stylish embellishments be incorporated in the finished design. The marvelous reputation of “D’Angelico-built” guitars quickly spread throughout the musical community, and soon John D’Angelico’s small New York workshop was attracting professional musicians from all over the United States.

While they are the cream of the crop of guitars, their semi-hollow bodies start at an approachable $1,700, their archtops at just about $200 more than that. But they cap out with their remarkable teardrop New Yorker model which would put you back a whopping $30,000.

Check out D'Angelico's website for more gorgeous guitars. Check out Ed Roman's teardrop New Yorker page.

Previous installments:
Part 17; Part 16; Part 15.25; Part 15; Part 14; Part 13; Part 12; Part 11; Part 10; Part 9; Part 8; Part 7; Part 6; Part 5; Part 4.01; Part 4; Part 3.5; Part 3; Part 2; Part 1

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