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Archtop Guitars:  The Journey From Cremona to New York Deluxe Edition Clamshell


Archtop Guitars: The Journey From Cremona to New York Deluxe Edition Clamshell


Archtop Guitars: The Journey From Cremona to New York Deluxe Edition Clamshell


ARCHTOP GUITARS: The Journey from Cremona to New York is a guitar art book that identifies the cultural parallels of instrument making between 17th century Cremona, Italy and 20th century New York City. ARCHTOP GUITARS visually depicts the art and guitar designs of John D'Angelico, James D'Aquisto, John Monteleone and the musicians who play them. These magnificent instruments appeal to anyone who has a passion for art, music, history and design.

The Art Deco movement, which had a profound effect on the decorative and visual arts in America, is reflected in early 20th century New York City architecture. These same architectural influences are seen in the archtop guitar designs of Italian-American luthiers, D'Angelico, D'Acquisto and Monteleone.
Author, Rudy Pensa traces the connection of these New York luthiers to the Cremona masters, Antonio Stradivari, Giuseppe Guarnieri and Andrea Amati.  Photographer, Vincent Ricardel captures the sensual design of these guitars through unique angles allowing the viewer to see the intricate curves, shapes and characteristics of each instrument.

The musicians and collectors who own and have played these instruments treasure them for their sound, aesthetic quality and tonal depth. Among them are some musicians who participated in this project, including: George Benson, Jim Hall, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Russell Malone, Woody Mann, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Steve Miller, Jeff Mironoff, Les Paul, Bucky & John Pizzarelli, John Pisano, Paul Simon, GE Smith, Craig Snyder, Mark Whitfield, Anthony Wilson and Al Valenti.

Selected instruments and photographs from the book are featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition"Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York."  This exhibition, which opened February 9, 2011 will run through July 4, 2011.  The exhibition will feature the guitars and other stringed instruments made by John D'Angelico, James D'Aquisto, and John Monteleone. Their instruments will be presented against the backdrop of a five hundred year tradition of Italian stringed instrument making.

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"Rudy Pensa first drew the parallel of the three greatest violin makers of Cremona, Italy with the three greatest archtop guitar builders of New York. The result of this observation has been the creation of this magnificent book."
MARK KNOPFLER, Songwriter & Guitarist
"They say a picture is worth a thousand words but if only you could hear these photos..."
JEFF "SKUNK" BAXTER, Producer and Studio Musician, former guitarist for Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers
"Jimmy D'Aquisto guitars are the best in the world by a factor of ten not because of how beautiful they are, or how few he built or the incredible prices his instruments demand but because to play one of his instruments is to suddenly find yourself playing music with a new voice of heart breaking beauty, richness, clarity and tone unlike any guitars made before or since. D'Aquisto is greater and more inventive than Stradivari!"
STEVE MILLER, Musician, Songwriter, Leader of the Steve Miller Band
"Like the Beatles, Thomas Edison, and even Frank Lloyd Wright, John Monteleone's work leads one to marvel at just how anyone could possibly be so inspired."
STEVE VAI, Grammy Award-winning Guitarist
"The D'Angelico guitar is the epitome of an archtop guitar. There never was, nor ever will be, another John D'Angelico. This book is a must for all guitar lovers."
JOHNNY SMITH, Guitarist & Composer
"The guitar is the violin of our times."
PAUL REED SMITH, Founder & Owner of PRS Guitars