Jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli lost his life to COVID-19 on April 1, and in his honor, D’Angelico Guitars is auctioning this signed Excel EXL-1, with all proceeds going to The Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musician’s Emergency Fund.
This guitar was signed on October 12th 2016 when Pizzarelli visited the D’Angelico Showroom in New York City to share the story of his relationship with John D’Angelico and D’Angelico Guitars.
Bucky Pizzarelli was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1926 and began his professional career as a guitarist at the age of just 17. For over the following 75 years, He toured and recorded with everyone from Ray Charles to Benny Goodman, Stéphane Grappelli, Les Paul, Paul McCartney and Antônio Carlos Jobim. He was 94 when he passed.
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