The D'Aquisto Jimmy
There are a few of these exquisite masterpieces around - very few. When you consider the value of a New Yorker from the D'Aquisto workshop, let alone a Fender New Yorker copy, you can understand why these are commanding a higher value - going up by the day. Unlike a Fender or Aria model, there will never be any more D'Aquisto Jimmy 'Oval Hole' or 'F Hole' guitars...
Two items here, one a wonderful piece of Hagstrom
Heritage, photos of a very special looking Jimmy HN Custom returned to Älvdalen
The other, a bit of English Royal Patronage, when
my son was honoured to be asked to play our Jimmy F hole (above) at Goodwood
House in Sussex UK, a nice bit of jazz, on what could only be described as a
"Wonderful Night for a Moon Dance"...
During a "Patrons Evening" for
1979 Hagstrom Jimmy plus
Jim Wallace brings us one of the rare in-betweens! This is the Jimmy "F" hole model as designed in 1968, yet without the blaize on the headstock that boasts the name D'Aquisto. The other key differences are the use of a standard adjustable rosewood and metal bridge instead of the jazz style, and a ferrous oxide pick-guard - always beware of this fuming and affecting the finish if left in the case for decades!!! In this instance the guard has been faithfully remade - and a superb example of dedication to originality.
You can see a catalogue entry for this model on the catalogue pages. That (Swedish only) leaflet is the one time I've seen it advertised...
Hi there! I knew Bud very well. I played with him for a couple
of years off and on in some clubs in Portland, Oregon. I played electric bass
with him on gigs. (as if he really need me, he was a One Man Band). I sure miss
him. There are a lot of great players out there new like Tuck (another one man
band) but Bud was a little different. I am almost 62 now and still love to play
almost every day. Bud was a giant influence. I have the Mel Bay book (with CD).
I used to play with a showband many years ago in Las Vegas and I started out
playing a Hagstrom jazz archtop. I went from that guitar to a Gibson (Birdland)
I wish I had both of those guitars now....
Further down you will see examples of what came
before and after this offering. In 1976 the Jimmy returned
with production wholly from the Hagstrom production lines, and that tone switch
was gone. Personally I think it was a point of difference that gave Hagstrom
something special in many models (Swede and Viking for example)... so I
prefer the earlier models!
I became friends with Buddy Fite in the last yr. of his life and he shared with me this very fun Oval Jimmy. I know only things he told me and things you share on your web site. He loved this little guitar and I believe I was the last person he ever played for. I would love to know more about this beautiful sounding guitar for my own fun and enjoyment as the instrument will probably never be for sale in my life time. This book from Mel Bay comes with a most recent recording of Buddy and a couple of the tunes were recorded with the Jimmy. The Oval Jimmy is alive with sound. I have not taken pictures of it myself yet but will someday soon. When I do I will send some to you. I do not believe there are many pictures of Buddy as recent as the one on the cover of this Mel Bay . Thanks for being there, Steve
Thanks for bringing this to our attention Steve. I'd love a copy of the book and CD.... anyone... please?
Allard Peters (again from
Jacques from The Netherlands
If it's no longer on the Wanted or Selling Page... then it's probably been sold!
Allesandro from Brazil sent these pictures to Ron Chapman to see what interest there may be in buying it...
Now there's a pretty good opportunity by the looks of it!
If it's not on the Wanted or selling page anymore, then someone's been and taken the offer!
Hi David, I bought "Jimmy" when I had an music/electrical shop in Maryport. I saw it in a catalogue and just had to have one. It cost me about £600. At the time I was playing in a jazz combo and fortunately my bank manager was a fan, and I had no problem convincing him that I really needed a new guitar. If I'd asked him for £200 for the electricity bill he would probably have said NO!, but a new guitar was much more important. Long gone are the days when my bank manager liked to say YES!. I fitted the third pick-up myself, it's a Gibson humbucker, (Shame on me I hear you say). It does give a great sound and I don't regret doing it at all. I like it, and I never intended to sell it so what the heck. I played him all the time until about ten years ago when I bought a Patrick Eggle New York. Unfortunately I was playing a lot of C&W and "Jimmy" didn't have enough twang on the top end so he went in to semi-retirement, like me.
The picture of me and "Jimmy" is in the local British Legion Club in Maryport. We played for dancing on a Friday night and we backed various artist on Saturdays. I was in the resident trio for nearly ten years and had a great time. I started playing in a band when I was 19 and I played continually on the music scene up until 18 months ago when I suffered a slight stroke. I couldn't play for a few weeks and I sort of got used to not going out in all weathers trailing up and down the county so I packed it all in. I teach guitar full time now and also make Hawaiian guitars etc. Why not visit my website www.johnforsterguitars.co.uk and who knows, you just might know an Hawaiian who's looking for a guitar! Anyhow it's nice talking to you and I hope you find the pics are of some use. If I come across anymore I'll send them on to you. Regards John Forster
From: Peter Hellberg
Hey, David ! Yes, you can put it on your website.
Yes, it´s my guitarr, and I have owned it for about 10 years.
I am the second owner.
ED: I really must get hold of one of these - just to play and compare one....
These original run models do look to have a little extra to them - not least the additional toggle switch for tone!
Following on from his Viking pictures
if the Vining wasn't enough, a beautiful Jimmy Oval
Having retired last year Yvon is looking at this as a
kind of hobby. Well, all I can say is you could have done a lot worse.... a lot
HI,I LIVE IN CANADA(15 MILES NORTH EAST OF MONTREAL Q.C.) AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT MY HAGSTROM VIKING CIRCA 1967 IN CHERRY RED COLOUR, THE SERIAL NUMBER IS 715... AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY HAD BEEN MADE OF THIS ONE. ALSO I HAD A JIMMY SERIAL NUMBER 53 057 ..., CHERRYBURST? ,HOW MANY OF THIS ONE HAD BEEN MADE AND THE RANK OF THIS ONE. I ALSO HAD A SOLID BODY IN THE 1960's, IT WAS RED ,2 P.U.AND A LITTLE WHAMMY BAR? I WOULD LIKE TO SEND YOU BY REGULAR MAIL PHOTOS OF THESE, CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE I SHALL SEND THE PHOTOS,. MANY THANKS FOR ALL THE INFOS YOU WILL PROVIDE AND HAVE A NICE DAY TO ALL. IT IS TRUE THAT HAGSTROM HAS THE THINNEST NECK FOR WHAT I HAD ,THE NEAREST NECK THAT WAS SIMILAR WAS A MOSRITE.
Well, questions answered, photo's arrived and up on site, JOB DONE - Thanks Yvon, and good luck with the renewed hobby!
It's so rewarding that so many of you Canadians are such nice people that's two people who've bothered to take dedicated photo's and send them by mail - such true sincerity restores the faith eh (Hey Rob, you're kinda OK too... so don't worry - Ha-Ha).
Edward Conaty [
Subject: James Gang of 2
As you see, very near the end of that first 480 bodies made by Bjarton
To see some other Jimmy pictures and stories you can follow
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There is no price list any more!
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There must be loads of
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