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1944 D'Angelico Excel

1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel
1944 D'Angelico Excel

This exceptional archtop guitar was built by the legendary NY based luthier John D'Angelico (1906-1964.) The son of Italian immigrants, D'Angelico inherited the great Italian string instrument making tradition that produced some of the world's best luthiers (i.e. Jimmy D'Aquisto, John Monteleone, Bob Benedetto, Mario Maccaferri, Jacques Favino, B.Busato, etc.) Active during the golden era of jazz, D'Angelico helped to perfect the uniquely American archtop guitar to meet the demands of its role as a rhythm, and later lead instrument, in the jazz bands of the day. Nearly fifty years after his death, D'Angelico remains the preeminent figure in the history of archtop guitar making. His instruments are arguably some of the most collectable of all time and his work is still the standard by which all contemporary archtop luthiers judge themselves.

This instrument, which was built in D'Angelico's workshop located in New York City's Lower East Side.


Sonically this guitar is a pure gem! Built in the pre-electric era, this instrument was constructed to achieve the best possible acoustic tone and projection. So many later archtops were intentionally overbuilt in attempt to reduce feedback while amplified, which has the unfortunate side effect of rendering the instrument almost completely useless in acoustic settings. This is not the case with this 1940's design which is unusually lightweight and resonant. Like most archtops, rhythm playing is clear and focused which is precisely what the big band rhythm players of the day needed. But surprisingly, this guitar is also an exceptionally good lead guitar. With a modern, ultra low 2mm action setup this guitar can still produce snappy, cutting single note lines that will allow it to function well in most acoustic settings. Clarity is further enhanced by the dry, direct quality of the tone which is completely free of any irritating echo or overtone ringing. These qualities are rarely found in guitars less than forty years old. I'm also partial to the midrange thickness and complexity this instrument possess. Lead lines are quite thick and luscious in character while the bass register is well contained and "tight."

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