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   John D'Angelico is regarded by many to have been America's most gifted guitar maker, and his instruments are among the most admired and highly sought by players and collectors alike. After an apprenticeship that began at age nine with a grand-uncle, he opened his own shop to build guitars, mandolins, and violins in 1932. D'Angelico's earliest arch-tops are modeled after Gibson's successful L-5 model, but he kept abreast of the market, soon adding larger models with seventeen- and eighteen-inch wide bodies. No mere copyist, D'Angelico created a distinctive look for his top-quality instruments, adding geometric decoration inspired by the outlines of skyscrapers that graced his Manhattan skyline. This New Yorker model is an example of his fanciest and biggest guitar, with a cutaway on the treble side of the body. Like most quality arch-tops of the period, the back is made of robustly striped maple, enhanced on this instrument by a shaded "sunburst" finish that vaguely emulates the wear on old violins. D'Angelico continued to appoint his New Yorker guitars in the Art Deco fashion until his death in 1964.



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