James D’Aquisto (American, 1935–1995)
Electric Guitar, Electric Centura model (serial number 494A), 1994
Maple, mahogany, ebony; blue finish, double cutaway; W. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
The musician Steve Miller met James D’Aquisto when he was searching for a large archtop guitar for playing jazz. The two became friends, and Miller eventually asked D’Aquisto to build him a solid-body electric guitar. The collaboration continued until D’Aquisto’s death and resulted in a number of guitars, both electric and acoustic, built specifically for Miller, who has played them extensively.
Steve Miller plays an improvisation on the 1995 Centura Deluxe by James D’Aquisto. Recorded October 21, 2010, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Steve Miller discusses his D’Aquisto guitar (Transcript)