Archtop Guitar, Blue Centura Deluxe model, 1994

Blue Centura Deluxe model (serial number 1252)

James D’Aquisto (American, 1935–1995)
Archtop Guitar, Blue Centura Deluxe model (serial number 1252), 1994
Spruce, maple, ebony; blue finish, cutaway; W. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
The Scott Chinery Collection
Photo © Archtop History, Inc. from the book ARCHTOP GUITARS: The Journey from Cremona to New York by Rudy Pensa and Vincent Ricardel

In 1994 D’Aquisto delivered a blue Centura Deluxe model guitar to Scott Chinery that would represent one of the last instruments on which the two collaborated. Chinery had been a major proponent of many luthiers who were active at the time and felt that guitar making was undergoing a renaissance. After D’Aquisto’s death in 1995, Chinery commissioned other makers to build their own blue archtop guitars. The only restrictions were that the guitars should have an eighteen-inch body and a cutaway. As the Blue Guitar Project developed, it also became a tribute to D’Aquisto, who had inspired many makers. Twenty-two luthiers were chosen to build guitars for the collection, which was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in 1998.

Related Audio

“Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham

Performed by Martin Taylor and Steve Howe, 2002.

Song Credits

Blue Bossa written by Kenny Dorham (1963). Arranged and performed by Martin Taylor and Steve Howe (2002). Second Floor Music, 1963. Originally recorded by Joe Henderson, 1963.