D'Angelico Excel EXL-1 Hollow Body Archtop Jazz GuitarD'Angelico
John D’Angelico produced only 1164 archtops and an original D’Angelico instrument has become virtually impossible to obtain. To address the high demand, D’Angelico Guitars of America is proud to present the archtop EXL-1, the flagship model of the Standard Series. The EXL-1 pays tribute to John D’Angelico and captures the classic spirit of its mid-century counterpart with its quality, playability, and style, and is offered at an attractive price point.
Upon picking up in the EXL-1, the archtop’s exquisite tonal response will be immediately apparent. Smoky comping chords and intricate single-note lines sound with remarkable clarity and balance. The EXL-1’s floating pickup design allows for unobstructed vibration on the guitar’s top producing maximum string resonance and ringing tones.
Like every D’Angelico guitar, the EXL-1 exudes elegance. Some notable features include the distinctive headstock with a mother-of-pearl Excel inlay and Art Deco truss rod cover. The beauty of the signature stairstep pickguard (with mounted volume and tone controls) and matching tailpiece is enhanced by the mother-of-pearl square block inlays, bookamatched laminated carved Spruce top, and Maple back. Gold Grover Super Rotomatic stairstep tuners and gold-plated hardware round out the EXL-1s classic appointments. A deluxe hardshell case is included.
Veteran jazz players will immediately notice the extremely comfortable neck shape, and players of other styles will feel equally at home. Whether composing on your living room couch or captivating a concert audience, the EXL-1 is the modern day equivalent to the master builder’s legacy.
Condition: No repairs were made to the guitar - they simply gave it a set-up and left it alone. The guitar looks mint and plays great The action could easily be adjusted to fit the preference of any player. Neck is straight and the guitar plays great with this set-up! All electronics are in perfect working order. Back of the headstock is stamped "used" and original serial # has been replaced with a new one.
- Cutaway archtop hollow body
- 17 1/2" width & 3" depth
- Laminate Spruce top
- Laminate flamed maple back and sides
- Rock maple neck with 2-pcs walnut center
- Satin stained rosewood bridge
- Floating Humbucker
- 1 volume / 1 tone controls
- 7-ply binding
- Stairstep tailpiece
- Stairstep pick guard
- Gold plated hardware
- Grover Super Rotomatic tuners
- 25.5" scale
- 1 11/16 " nut width
- 1 1/32" string spacing
- Mother-of-pearl inlay
- Includes deluxe hardshell case
About our set-ups: We do our best to accurately describe the current set-up and playability of each guitar. However, due to temperature and humidity changes the guitar may experience while in transit, it's possible for the neck and body to slightly "adjust" along the way. After all, guitars are primarily wooden instruments that are highly susceptible to their environment. By the time you receive the guitar, un-box it and tune it up, you may find that it needs a slight adjustment to get it back to the set-up specs that we originally described in our listing. Please keep this in mind before purchasing.