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The D'Aquisto Jimmy

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The Hagstrom UK Collection Jimmy "F" and Oval can be found HERE

 

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...

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January 2006:

Two items here, one a wonderful piece of Hagstrom Heritage, photos of a very special looking Jimmy HN Custom returned to Älvdalen recently
(Photo's kindly submitted by Anders Barke, Älvdalen)... and if you don't know who these guys are... what are you dong here?

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
The Rox Music and Arts Charity
With His Grace, The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, Dame Anita Roddick and many others in attendance.

Links to:
The Video of this performance

The Rox Music and Arts Charity

The Rox page showing this event

 

 

1979 Hagstrom Jimmy plus
Hagstrom 310 amp from 1966

 

 

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Sept 2004
James Young from Toronto was looking to sell...
This is an absolutely stunning 1978 example from a total of 356 of this model ever made!
If you ever wanted one, this MUST be of interest to you, and he's happy to ship internationally!
So post your interest on the
Hagstrom UK forum to make contact... asking price $1300
"I bought this guitar in the early 1980s in Toronto and I have been the only owner. It has never been gigged and probably has less than 50 hours of playing time. The last 15 years it has been in the case, untouched. I am interested in selling the guitar now and will ship internationally. I had it setup and restrung at Ring Music in Toronto about 6 months ago when I started playing music again. At the time I had no idea that this was a rare guitar. But I've concentrated on playing bass guitar and so the Jimmy has sat in the corner for another 6 months. I think its time this guitar belonged to someone who can love it more than I can".




I love the curves of the arch in these bodies, you can almost see "the other guitar within" outlined when held up to the light!

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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....
Jim Wallace, Washington USA



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! 

Next up we have the very publication Jim refers to, and I look forward to and am grateful for the fruits of Jim's efforts getting an example of this to me in the UK very soon. THIS HAS NOW ARRIVED WITH US - CLICK HERE TO SEE MUCH MORE

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?

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Allard Peters (again from the Netherlands)
and another superb looking Jimmy
with those distinctive bound "F" holes.

Jacques from The Netherlands
has a dedicated page - go see!


Stunning. Plus a super story to go with it...
...made me go all arty, so please excuse my animation shown above.

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Simon Turner from Australia presents
an absolutely wonderful natural Jimmy 'S' hole from 1977
Such minor blemishes would go unspoken in many presentations, but this one is for sale...

If it's no longer on the Wanted or Selling Page... then it's probably been sold!

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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!

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John Forster from Maryport, UK and his Jimmy III ? (a-hem...)

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

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How about this Beautiful 1968 Jimmy "F" from Sweden


(I know they all are),
but this one still is...

From: Peter Hellberg 
Tuesday, September 03, 2002
Subject: Hagström Jimmy 1968
 

Hey, David ! Yes, you can put it on your website.


Here is another picture (taken today with a bad camera).

Yes, it´s my guitarr, and I have owned it for about 10 years.

I am the second owner.

Regards, Peter

 

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!

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Following on from his Viking pictures
Yvon Lavoie (Canada) 12th November 2002

Then if the Vining wasn't enough, a beautiful Jimmy Oval
from the very last batch of 100 made in 1979!
The same colour as my own, I well appreciate the pleasure from this one! The colouring is quite intense on these models, and the curvature of the body rising out from the defined edges as if to reveal another guitar under the surface when it catches the light... (enough Dave)...

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 worse indeed!
 

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).

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From: Edward Conaty [ mailto:econaty@msn.com ]
Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 5:23 AM

Subject: James Gang of 2
Hello from across the pond, Rhode Island, USA! The site looks great! I stumbled upon a red sunburst oval Jimmy (#40), back in '92 or '93, in your basic garden variety music store. It had been promised to someone else for $350.00, but he was late in getting there to actually buy it. I got my credit card out and made the grab. They made me throw in my Chuck Taylor sneakers. I had to drive home barefoot with my Jimmy riding shotgun. As it turns out, the guy who was going to buy it is a famous guitarist, and a friend, (more or less) of mine. Our relationship has never been the same since. I'd said to him, "Hell, it's not like I stole your wife..." He said, "That's my point..." Anyway, I had no idea of the Hag Jimmy's demand until a couple of months ago when I bought this computer. So, now I've bought another one, (#69), this time a blonde "S" hole model, (see picture.) This guitar is virtually unmarked. Like a brand new axe. Absolutely beautiful, and sounds terrific with a set of flatwounds. What a price difference, though, at $1,600.00! Best wishes to all, Ed

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Ian Emerson sent these lovely pictures in to share his 1968 Jimmy with us.

As you see, very near the end of that first 480 bodies made by Bjarton

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To see some other Jimmy pictures and stories you can follow these links
1) Ron Chapman - Via Visitors Stories - two excellent pages
2) Gordon Giltrap Page - He owned 2 of the Oval hole Jimmys.
3) The Hagstrom UK Oval Hole and bound F hole Jimmy
4) 1960's Canadian Catalogue

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There's nothing like a REAL original Swedish made Hagstrom (and there are loads around), but if it 'floats your boat', or you can't find an original then who are we to say?

Plenty has been said already and
will be said forever forward probably.
Only you know what's right for you!