JANIS IAN “SPRING SONG” D’AQUISTO CIRCA 1981

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JANIS IAN “SPRING SONG” D’AQUISTO CIRCA 1981
Made in 1978 and completed in 1981, The D’Aquisto Spring Song acoustic was custom made for singer-songwriter Janis Ian. Ordered to replace her missing D-18, this wonderful guitar was used to record some 13 albums and played on countless tours.A huge advocate for education in the arts, Janis generously donated this masterpiece to the D’Addario Foundation; and the funds from the sale of the guitar will go directly to fund the more than 125 music education programs supported by the D’Addario Foundation and the D’Addario Family. Each year, D’Addario donates as much as 10% of its net profits to support music education. 100% of all contributions made to the Foundation go to supporting music education programs, primarily in underprivileged areas.2016 marks fifty years since Janis wrote and recorded “Society’s Child.”This year, she received her tenth Grammy nomination for the self-funded audiobook “Patience and Sarah,” co-narrated by Jean Smart (“Designing Women”)! In addition to donating this legendary instrument, Janis’ Pearl Foundation has raised and provided nearly one million dollars in funding for scholarships. Like the D’Addario Family, Janis and her partner Pat believe strongly that education can change people’s lives and the work she has done and continues to do is a testament to that mission.The D’Aquisto “Spring Song” is a custom flat top acoustic and is the only flattop made by D’Aquisto in this body shape and size. D’Aquisto flat top guitars are a group of 16 acoustic guitars made completely by James D’Aquisto, the master himself, between 1973 and 1984. His flat tops are unique and carry influences from Dr. Michael Kasha and Richard Schnieder as well
as his mentor, John D’Angelico.D’Aquisto made two types of guitars, a grand auditorium and a dreadnought. In general, they were deep guitars with a large oval sound hole. He believed the oval sound-hole produced greater projection than the typical round sound-hole. They have a strong bass and the midrange along with the clarity expected from a D’Aquisto.
This is a 15” wide guitar with maple back sides and neck. The top is spruce. The guitar is in excellent original condition, with no cracks or repairs. It travels in a Mark Leaf heavy road case. The ownership and use by Janis Ian, for whom the guitar was made, significantly adds to the value of the instrument.