When he could no
longer meet the increasing demand for his own,
guitars, Jimmy D'Aquisto designed
two models for Fender - the Standard and the Elite.
The Elite was a single pickup model and
has become "the one to have" for the keen jazz
Production began in 1984 at Fender's Custom
Shop in Japan with
Jimmy D'Aquisto personally involved in the
building of the first series, all of which were
destined for the US. They used a new
designed by D'Aquisto) incorporating a double row of pole-pieces and
finished in matt black. They are
version is the fourth of these delightful guitars I have
owned and probably the most elegant.
It comes from
that first series, made in 1984, at a time when Jimmy
was personally inspecting every guitar.
The guitar plays
very nicely. I mean really nicely -
like #080, it has a special quality about it. There is
some play wear on the frets but none at all on the
rest of the guitar and this lovely
Natural finish is close to Mint condition -
no marks, blemishes, scratches or dents, just
four weather checking lines on the top which is absolutely to be expected with a Fender
D'Aquisto, they are all like it to some degree and
this one is a really fine example. The only negative
points are that a second strap button has been added and
there are six small redundant screws in the headstock
signalling that other tuners had been fitted at some
time in the guitars life although the original tuners
are back on the guitar.
Despite these cosmetic issues it is a superb guitar to
play, in fact its a players guitar through
So, overall, pretty much like a new guitar. It deserves to be played!
It is a typically
D'Aquisto style of guitar, slightly smaller body, short
scale at 24.75" lightweight, with a really comfortable neck and set up
properly. It is a delight to play. The electrics
are perfect and the tone is very jazzy - the
tone control ranges from sweet to bright.
The acoustic properties of the body are amazing.
Unamplified harmonics just ring-on for ever!!
Amplified, well I just remember those lovely old
videos of Jimmy Raney playing his Elite!
The case is all original with
some normal signs of age but generally in outstanding
This is a really special guitar
and not many were made in this spec.
Stunning to look at, but even
better to play!!