Born in NYC’s Little Italy, D’Angelico is widely regarded as one of the finest archtop guitar manufacturers of the 20th century. Nowadays, they make guitars of all shapes and sizes; all built with the same exceptional detail, mastery and flair that put them on the map.
The Style B is a classic big-body archtop that’s based on an original 1936 design by John D’Angelico itself. With a comfortable slim neck profile, distinct headstock design (even for D’Angelico!) and a floating mini-humbucker, the Style B offer timeless jazz box vibes with a dash of luxury.
Body & Neck
The Excel Style B’s broad, curved body employs a Flame Maple construction with a laminate Spruce top. This provides plenty of top-end clarity to counter the hollow-body warmth, with plenty of acoustic-esque resonance for good measure.
The 3-piece neck employs a strip of Walnut sandwiched between solid Maple, with a Rosewood fretboard to boot. This adds both extra top-end brightness and a smooth attack to the woolly humbucker sound, great for bringing out your jazz leads and rhythmic comping.
Hardware & Electronics
A single Kent Armstrong floating mini-humbucker sits in the neck position, just like the archtop designs of old. This classic-style pickup ensures a warm, dynamic response that perfectly complements the tonewood combination.
As with many of D’Angelico’s modern hollow offerings, the Style B is generously adorned with gold hardware and 5-ply binding, top to bottom. Grover Super Rotomatic tuners, skyscraper truss rod cover and the classic Stairstep tailpiece all ooze art-deco swagger.
- Body style: hollowbody
- Shape: non-cutaway
- Body material: Laminate Flame Maple
- Top material: Laminate Spruce
- Binding (top): 5-ply
- Pickguard: Scalini with Style B logo
- Neck material: 3-piece
- Neck shape: C-shape
- Neck joint: set-thru
- Fretboard material: Rosewood
- Truss rod: dual action
- Scale length: 25”
- Radius: 17”
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Block
- Frets: 20
- Neck pickup: Kent Armstrong floating mini-humbucker
- Controls: volume, tone
- Tuners: Grover Super Rotomatic
- Nut material: Bone
- Bridge: Archtop Ebony
- Tailpiece: D’Angelico Stairstep