Who is John D'Angelico?
Born in New York in 1905, the oldest of four children, John D'Angelico began working as an apprentice under his great uncle Raphael Ciana who was an expert violin and mandolin maker when he was just 9 years old. His first job was cleaning and sweeping, then step by step, he started to learn the basics of woodworks such as cutting, property of wood which became his fundamental to build excellent archtop guitars. He began building guitars independently by the age of 27. Following the death of his great uncle, D'Angelico became the supervisor of Ciani's shop.His historical guitars which he has did most process on his own were advertised by words of mouth, and increased his customers.
He was friendly, and always cherished friends, family and customers. In the result, he had offers from larger companies but he refused since he was disinterested in making money during this period, he instead focused on creating impressive designs and constructed customized and hand-built guitars for many musicians. under his own name in his workshop in New York in 1932. Throughout the course of several years, Because each guitar was uniquely crafted for each of his clients, D'Angelico's shop rarely produced more than 30 guitars per year. By 1964, his shop had assembled and customized a total 1,164 guitars. In his works, New Yorker model was the highest perfection as sophisticated Jazz guitars and 1988 which the reproduction began in, Barberine(See below) had his daughter Carol take the original New Yorker model which he preserved to Hidesato Shiino(See below) to analyze and inspect for new design models.