D’Aquisto, James L.
- Paul Schmidt
(b Brooklyn, NY, 1935; d 1995). American guitar and mandolin maker. He was born in Brooklyn to second-generation immigrants from Palermo, Sicily. His career began when he became apprenticed to master luthier John D’Angelico in 1952 at 40 Kenmare Street, New York. D’Aquisto’s early tasks at the D’Angelico workshop were necessary but mundane—picking up tuners, taking necks to the engraver, and the like—but by ...