D'Angelico Bass Guitars
D’Angelico was founded by John D’Angelico in the early 1900’s. At the age of 9 John D’Angelico was an apprentice for his grandfather in Manhattan learning to build violins and mandolins. By 1932, John D’Angelico opened his first shop in Little Italy in New York City and as it’s been said, the rest is history.
Early in the D’Angelico years of making guitars, the guitar maker functioned as a small production speciality guitar maker, which created a hype around owning one of the master luthier’s guitars.
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In 1952 James D’Aquisto teamed up with John D’Angelico and when John D’Angelico died in 1964, James D’Aquisto took over the production of D’Angelico guitars while also launching his own line of D’Aquisto guitars. Both are still to this day considered some of the best arch top guitars on the market.
Now with a wide array of electric and acoustic guitars and electric and acoustic bass guitars including solid body, hollow body and semi hollow body guitars, D’Angelico guitars are a staple in the world of music. Guitarist ranging from Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead to jazz legend Kurt Rosenwinkel and songstress Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band are all keeping the D’Angelico guitars in the spotlight. Even Warren Haynes and Eric Clapton fashion a D’Angelico guitar on occasion.
When it comes to their Bass Guitars, D’Angelico is one of the best particularly in the world of acoustic bass guitars. Their electric and acoustic bass guitars are beautiful in look and sound. D’Angelico even fashioned the iconic bass guitar played by bass legend Bootsy Collins.
The famous look and sound of D’Angelico guitars has been sported by many influential guitarists and bassists including:
Bootsy Collins of James Brown Band and Parliament Funkadelic
Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead and Dead and Co.
Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band
Wareen Haynes of Gov’t Mule
Michael Franti of Spearhead
Alejandro Rose Garcia of Shakey Graves