The origin of jazz music is found in African Americans need to express the cry of the soul for freedom and equality in America. The first time Jazz was brought to the U.S., it was not accepted. Americans were not interested in jazz music until it became popular in Europe and they could use it to generate massive revenue. This financial situation aided in a U.S. rich country throughout the 1960’s.

After the Second World War, many cultural norms began rapidly growing ,including music and instruments and they became a big factor in that time period. The appearance of electric instruments and new electric fields boosted Jazz music and divided it into several genres. In that period, the guitar became a common instrument which has been proven through history.
I was born in 1947 and raised listening to Jazz and C&W music in Yokohama, Japan. I lived in the golden age of music which was the 70s and 80s, and found working with musical instruments enjoyable. From the late 80s music, instruments and the manufacture of them have changed by mammonism.
What is now called “Jazz” is fundamentally different as Jazz guitars have changed over several decades. I designed the musical instruments, audio equipment and signal devices in the foundation for original sounds. However, those concepts have also changed.

After the 90s, the digital era had risen which made all electric instruments sound the same. As a result, composing lost originality. Music itself has been variously shaped as unlearning the long human history.
Humans have expressed culture and tradition by language and instruments. However, the current audio equipment and musical instruments which have no diversity and spirits are surrounding the world now. I don’t deny the transition, but I just wonder how people in the future will further develop music. as i previously mentioned, usage of Jazz guitar should be different since Jazz itself has changed. However, young people can imagine and create by understanding classic music if they return to the 3 elements of music, rhythm, melody, and harmony.
I feel that it is my responsibility to create real instruments or audio equipment when young people really need them. That’s why I’m still standing with my worn body.

I think the guitar is not completed yet. It has been only 100 years since it came out and the current shape hasn't been adjusted since 50 years ago. In my opinion, the new 21st century guitar must come out in the future. To design genuine guitars, you should understand the golden ratio and the way of making sound which have been studied over time. I suspect things won't go well without advanced knowledge of the structure and construction of these guitars.
My American friend who is a Jazz producer remorsefully mentioned,

“American Jazz died 50 years ago”

And I still can't get it out of my mind.

Without being blinded by money or greed, humans must be able to get involved in the musical world. That’s what I have thought while living my life of music. Especially these days, I try to create guitars and audio equipment which you can trust to make the original sound and to share great music with their audiences. I would like to mention that as an old man who knows how much music impacted 1960s to 1980s.

D’Angelico Guitars Traditional Jazz Guitars

As I mentioned in the previous article, the quality of D’Angelico guitars might have been lower if compared with guitars which were built by historical instrument studios regarding the technology and materials. However, D’Angelico guitars match Jazz music since they have been loved by American Jazz musicians. Good musical instruments can be made with expensive and great materials, you have to be knowledgeable of the woods, processing, design, fraction and many other things to build genuine guitars.
For example, F hole is not just the design, its shape and location is extremely important. The shape of the headstock and degree of the angle is also heavy factor. The characteristics of guitars can be changed by the neck shape and body design as well. Of course, the materials used such a glue and coating affect not only the sound but also durability and dignity.

In 1989, Jerry Barberine asked me to reproduce D’Angelico guitars. Then I modified, re-designed, and changed more than 50 characteristics to improve them to perfection. On the other hand, D’Angelico guitars had some important and fundamental issues at that time. Regarding the perfection, there was a huge difference between D’Angelico guitars and Gibson, Epiphone, Martin and others which are of German or Irish descent. D’Angelico guitar has Italian characteristics which captivated many Jazz musicians. I left John D’Angelico’s spirit and character in D’Angelico guitars by adapting to German technologies.

Today there are many copies of D’Angelico guitar in existence throughout the world, but if you observe them carefully, you can see that their design, finishing, electric parts are not fully copied. To clarify the difference between our genuine D’Angelico guitars and others is we decided to call ours “D’Angelico Guitars Traditional”.

Lately even historical guitar manufactories are not able to produce guitars with passion and spirit because of the developments of capitalism and investment funds which have led manufacturing only monetary products.
We manufacture products for people who actually love guitars. We're doing this because guitars which are handled carefully will enhance your life with beautiful sounds.

Author: Hidesato Shiino