Vintage 1965 Gibson ES 120 T Arch Top Electric Guitar w Original Soft Case
VINTAGE HAGSTROM JIMMY D'AQUISTO ARCHTOP ELECTRC GUITAR
AMAZING VINTAGE HAGSTROM GUITAR WITH FACTORY HARDSHELL CASE
This guitar is a an amazing vintage guitar in absolutely fantastic condition.
This custom designed Jimmy D'Aquisto archtop is a Cherry sunburst model with black pickguard, completely original in superb shape. The serial number is 53 057097, and after emailing the Hagstom UK website, I was told that it was made in 1977 of a run of 105 guitars made that year, and mine is the 97th one made. These guitars are extremely rare with only 356 manufactured by Hagstrom over three years (there were more than 1000 of the f-hole models). Designed by Jimmy D'Aquisto in 1969 during a month long stay Sweden in an agreement with Hagstrom and manufactured between 1976-1979 where construction was supervised by Jimmy, this is an exemplary guitar (this is all documented at the hagstrom UK website). As mentioned earlier, the "Jimmy" oval holes are archtop florentine cutaways with a single floating pickup in the neck position. Construction is arched, laminated (very thick, like 1/4"!!) birch top and back, rim, and two piece neck. The neck is a bolt on and is cleverly disguised as a strap mount in the rear just below the neck joint. It is also bolted from the inside and is extremely solid. The body, neck and headstock are all bound -- with 4 ply w/b/w/b around the top, w/b on the back, single white binding up the neck, and a gorgeous bound headstock that is overlaid with black headstock plate with "Hagstrom" in mother of pearl script and has the famous "Designed by James L D'Aquisto, New York" mother of pearl inlay and D'Aquisto designed asymetrical headstock shape. The fretboard is a beautiful grained ebony with amazing abalone rounded block inlays with a double at 12. The white bound oval-hole is home to a Hagstrom humbucker with adjustable poles and it sits on a metal plate which is sandwiched between the body and neck. A black, uniquely shaped, thick, but single ply pickguard houses the voluem and tone controls. Gorgeous hand-carved ebony bridge sits behind the oval, followed by a huge chrome "H"-inspired tailpiece which is completely unique. The body dimensions at the lower bout are 15 3/4", 11 1/2 at the upper bout, 9 1/2 at the waist. She has a 24.75" scale and the nut is 1 3/4 inches...it is a remarkably smooth and easy guitar to hold and play because of these dimensions. The tuners are the D'Aquisto designed imperial style and the bodies made by schaller are huge, smooth and just the best tuners I have ever touched. This guitar is a semi-hollwbody -- there is a big block that sits under the bridge that connects the top and back of the guitar. Finish is a thick and mirror-like nitro-cellulose . This beautiful guitar features everything you could want in a professional jazz guitar, and everything is extremely well thought out and implemented.
According to the history of the D'Aquisto/Hagstrom deal, Hagstrom appealed to Jimmy because the craftsmanship in the Swedish factories could nearly rival handmade guitars. This shows in the fit and finish of this Jimmy and to see it and hold it is to really appreciate how well made these instruments truly are. It is a heavy guitar and extremely well balanced. The neck shape and radius are perfect as is the body size for extended playing. The top and back of the guitar are magnificently bookmatched birch and in the back at the seam form subtle long-legged spider legs that open and close the seam. The ebony used for the neck is gorgeous and the abalone inlays are rich and perfectly set. Frets are medium jumbos if I'm not mistaken and the edges/binding is smooth as can be. The electronics all sit snugly and perfectly under the the pickguard and the pots after 30 years of life are still quiet and very responsive.
Pickguard is black plastic but of a slick design (by Jimmy) that kind of reminds me of a bat wing and is and well mounted to secure the electronics and protect from scratches. The original tailpiece is a large one and is a big chrome H. It has a huge hinge and connects to the rim and is where the serial number is. I', pretty sure it has a bone nut which is 1.75". the neck has a nice C shape to it and is not too big or small.
The thing that you can't see in any pictures is how the arch on the top and back comes up as it meets the binding at the guitar edge. It drops down below the edge and then comes back up at the edge. When you see this in the light it appears like there is a guitar inside the guitar. It is beautiful craftsmanship and compliments the nitro finish in a wonderful way that I've not ever seen on another archtop.
To finish the package off, the guitar comes to you in the original hagstrom hardshell case which is also in great condition.
I would rate the guitar a 9.5 on a scale of 1-10 with only a few very minor finish issues from use and I would call the case a 9 on a scale from 1-10 .
Anyway, this is an extremely cool and extremely well made vintage guitar and I am selling it with NO RESERVE and a great low starting price.
This is a great guitar to play or collect and I am selling it with NO RESERVE . Thanks for looking !
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