Paul Schmidt's iconic and now classic book on these makers; reviewed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as "ground breaking scholarship"
Model: D'Aquisto Solo
Photos/Images courtesy of Michael Schneider/Schneider Photographic
Paul Schmidt is an artist, teacher, author, and scholar. He holds advanced
degrees in both music, and theology, and has been awarded grants from the
National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Selmer Corporation (among
He's written books America's musical instrument histories, which
include D'Angelico and D'Aquisto guitars ("Acquired of the Angels",
Scarecrow Press, 1st edition 1991, 2nd edition 1998); the Ludwig Drum
Company ("The History of the Ludwig Drum Company", Centerstream Publishing,
1991 - the first book ever written devoted exclusively to America's
contributions to percussion instrument history); Pioneering luthier Steve
Klein ("Art That Sings, Doctorow Communications, 2004), among others,
including a novel ("Continuing Ed, Write-E-O press, 2016) and a children's
book of fables ("Fables", Write-E-O Press, 2016).
His work with various
individual instrument makers internationally has created new acoustic and
electric guitar and drum designs (ie. The Nouveau Series Guitars with
Michael Spalt, 2009). He has released five albums of his original music,
and continues to teach and create at his Art of Music studio, currently in
the East Bay of San Francisco.