The single pickup Elite is the version most highly prized by jazz players, and the hardest to find.
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This guitar is truly a player's piece and was built for professional musicians who demand high-quality craftsmanship and playability in an affordable package.
More recently these guitars have been prized as collector's pieces--a rare artifact from the collaboration of two enormously influential names in the guitar business.
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Click the 'back' plectrum to go back to the previous page, or click the "Grouse Guitars" nameplate above to go directly to the Grouse Guitars homepage. This is a first year Fender D'Aquisto Elite Archtop made in Japan in 1984.
The serial # E523956 puts it in the first batch of Elite archtops that Fender made in a close partnership with Jimmy D'Aquisto (considered by some to be the greatest archtop luthier ever).
This example is fantastic condition, without pick, buckle or thumbwear, and shows no checking in the original blonde finish.
The only marks are slight indentations on the top, plus a hairline crack in the finish on the upper and lower bass bouts, plus some re-touched damage to the finish just down from the nut on either side of the neck.
Check the detailed photographs in the 'more pictures' link below.
The neck is a three-piece lamination, and there is no indication of any cracking, so the marks are a mystery!
Unlike some other production guitars featuring the D'Aquisto name, the Fender series are the only ones that really had Jimmy intimately involved and the first batch from Japan had the Master's greatest attention and involvement.