Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York

[Jeffrey Mironov] In a pawnshop window on Eighth Avenue were two D’Angelico New Yorkers that were hanging there with for sale signs on them. [Jayson Dobney] Chet Atkins really saw the D’Angelico as a status symbol. He actually compared it to owning a Rolls-Royce. [Bucky Pizzarelli] D’Angelico made a great rhythm guitar. That’s what we called them. And that’s what the people danced to and they never realized that it was the rhythm section that they were dancing to. [Bob Grillo] So this is one of the greatest inventions since, what, spaghetti or something. [Paul Simon] I knew Jimmy D’Aquisto. He was beginning to have the reputation of being a person who was in the same league as D’Angelico. [Steve Miller] Hi, this is Steve Miller and I’m here to talk about Jimmy D’Aquisto. He gave me the greatest voice I’ve ever had. [Jeffrey Mironov] As a matter of fact, whenever he would have anybody riding with him in his car, the guitar would go in the front seat, and the people would have to ride in the back. [Mark Knopfler] And I met John Monteleone and it was like meeting – it was like meeting Stradivari, I’m sure it was like that. He’s like Leonardo da Vinci in a way. [John Monteleone] I didn’t even know that I was a luthier until years later, when somebody said, “Hey you’re a luthier.” I said, “Okay, I thought I was a guitar maker.”

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