A 1994 Fender built by James D'Aquisto at the Fender Custom Shop. Serial #002. Guitar is in mint condition. Blonde color, all solid carved maple and ebony. This line of guitars was offered in three different styles: Standard, Elite, and Ultra. The top-of-the-line Ultras have split-block shell inlays, ebony-button tuners and gold hardware.
For one of the first guitar lines by the Fender Custom Shop, Fender commissioned the legendary James D'Aquisto to design a limited production archtop guitar. D'Aquisto had been the apprentice to John D'Angelo, and both men are considered two of the finest archtop guitar luthiers in the world. D'Aquisto personally oversaw the creation of the 1994 Fenders that were created in the Custom shop. In fact, the first two or three of these guitars, according to the manager of the shop at the time, were essentially hand built exclusively by D'Aquisto. As production continued, the other builders at Fender's shop took over the construction of the guitars more and more. James D'Aquisto passed away just a few months after the creation of this guitar, making it one of the last guitars ever built by D'Aquisto.
This lot includes a cream colored case with bright red interior lining. Also includes a signed certificate of authenticity firm the Fender custom shop dated March 31' 94.
The Fender D'Aquisto Ultra #001 is currently in the North American Musical Instrument Museum in South Dakota.
Provenance: D'Aquisto/Fender Custom Shop; Guernsey's, 1995; Private CollectionClick here to view video of the guitar being played