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*** PLEASE NOTE: For everyone’s safety and comfort, we currently allow a maximum of 10 customers in the shop at a time. This is to allow those shopping ample space to play and hear the instrument. We also currently only allow groups of 2 people max. ***

Scott Chinery's Blue Collection

Rudy's Music Presents the 25th Anniversary of Scott Chinery's Blue Collection

View the entire collection online at rudysmusicbluecollection.com

Rudy Pensa is the proud owner of iconic NYC music retailer; Rudy’s Music which has been the mecca for guitarists all around the world since 1978. Rudy Pensa is well known as a chief authority on the construction, history and significance of the archtop guitar, and is extremely excited to share with the world, the Blue Archtop Guitar Collection originally commissioned by the late and now famous guitar collector and enthusiast Scott Chinery. Chinery’s “Blue Collection” will be offered for sale from November 8th, 2021 through November 30th, 2021 and the collection will be publicly displayed at Rudy’s Music Soho from Tuesday, November 16th through Saturday November 20th.

Scott Chinery was a major figure in the vintage guitar world, a collector known to have sought out only the finest quality guitars. At the time of his death, in 2000, he owned over a thousand of the world’s most important guitars. Chinery’s collection documented the evolution of the modern guitar and was the subject of the classic guitar reference book: The Chinery Collection, 150 Years of American Guitars. When a collector of such high caliber is able to acquire so many rare and exotic instrument, the hunger for something unique is the ultimate goal.

In 1994, world renowned luthier, Jimmy D’Aquisto, was commissioned by Chinery to build a blue Centura 18 inch archtop. Though striking in appearance, blue is a difficult color to work with. After experimenting with several different hues, Jimmy chose to use the Ultra Blue Penetrating Stain #M 520 from Mohawk Finishing in Amsterdam, New York. The end result was a unique and amazing instrument; the D’Aquisto Centura Deluxe which was the last guitar that Jimmy completed during his lifetime.

After D’Aquisto’s death in 1995, Chinery asked twenty-two of the world’s premier luthiers to build a guitar in tribute to D’Aquisto. The builders were encouraged to follow their own muse, however, there were two rules; The guitar had to be an 18 inch archtop and it had to be the exact same shade of blue as D’Aquisto’s Blue Centura Deluxe. The Blue Collection is the culmination of their work, featuring twenty-two of the finest Archtop Guitars ever created. This collection would be impossible to replicate. Sadly, several of the builders have passed on, making this collection an irreplaceable piece of history.

The Blue Guitar Collection was displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History from November 11th 1997 through October 1998. It is also worth noting that the Blue D’Aquisto Centura Deluxe was featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the museum’s “Guitar Heroes” exhibit in 2011. After Scott Chinery’s passing in 2000, the guitars have remained with the Chinery family and have never been offered for sale until now.

Rudy’s Music is honored to help to find this collection a worthy home. We feel that the guitars should remain together as a collection and it is being offered for sale as such. We have thoroughly inspected and set-up these instruments to ensure that they play perfectly.

Rudy Pensa is extremely proud to present the Blue Guitar Collection to the world.

For more information, please visit rudysmusicbluecollection.com or contact info@rudysmusic.com

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