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  #080   D'AQUISTO ELITE by FENDER.
     
   
 
  The single pickup Elite is the model most sought by jazz players.    It has a sweet jazzy tone but with enormous "bite" for a neck mounted pickup.
   
 
  Designed by D'Aquisto (and this one almost certainly checked by Jimmy personally).
   
 
  Moreover, the Black Beauty gloss finish was only available in limited numbers during 1984.
   
 
   
   
 
When he could no longer meet the increasing demand for his own, signature guitars,   Jimmy D'Aquisto designed two models for Fender, the Standard and the Elite.     A small number of the Elites were single pickup editions and these have become "the ones to have" for the keen jazz player. 

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 pickup (specially designed by D'Aquisto) and made by Schaller, incorporating a double row of pole-pieces and finished in matt black.    They are sweet!   

Mine is one of that first series, made in 1984, at a time when Jimmy was personally inspecting every guitar.

It plays really nicely.   I mean really nicely and has a special quality about it.     It is a typically D'Aquisto style of guitar, slightly smaller body, short scale at 24.75"  really comfortable neck and set up properly.     It is a delight to play.    The electrics are perfect and the tone is so jazzy.    The acoustic properties of the body are amazing.    Unamplified harmonics just ring-on for ever!!

The case is original and of equally high quality.  

This is a really lovely and very rare guitar which is stunning to look at,  but even better to play!!    

 

   
   

 

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