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D'Angelico Excel 175 Hollowbody Archtop in Natural

A bigsby-equipped rock 'n' roll machine with red hot pickups

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Cian Hodge

Modern tone, classic shape. The D’Angelico Excel 175 is in many ways an understated design compared to its contemporaries, all while delivering delicious high-output goodness.

The archtop, bigsby-equipped construction is usually reserved for bluesy, old-school playing styles. But that’s certainly not the aim here. Players who appreciate a bit of classy art deco aesthetic with their crunchy character will find it all right here.


D’Angelico’s Excel 175 is a curvy single-cut guitar that serves up searing humbucking tones. The Maple body is a classic appointment favoured for semi-hollow guitars for its durability. 5-ply binding and a pinned rosewood bridge tops it off in true luxury style.

The multi-piece neck employs a strip of walnut set between solid maple. This adds an edge to the maple/humbucker combination with extra top-end brightness, great for lead playing clarity. On top is a lush Rosewood fingerboard.

Hardware & Electronics

The twin Kent Armstrong pickups serve up a cool, gutsy snarl from their alnico V magnets. Modern tone is all about precision and transparency, which is delivered in abundance. The bridge humbucker’s 12 adjustable poles add another level of versatility and crushing output.

Hooked up with some seriously impressive hardware, the Excel 175 is a guitar you can trust to deliver time and time again. This includes Grover Super Rotomatic tuners, a bone nut and retro Bigsby B-30 trem. Everything has a purpose; expect fantastic tuning stability, squeaky-clean intonation and reliability across the board.



  • Body style: hollowbody
  • Shape: single cutaway
  • Body material: Laminate Flame Maple
  • Top material: Laminate Spruce
  • Binding (top): 5-ply
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Scalini


  • Neck material: 3-piece
  • Neck shape: C-shape
  • Neck joint: set-thru
  • Fretboard material: Rosewood
  • Truss rod: dual action
  • Scale length: 25.5”
  • Radius: 16”
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl
  • Frets: 22, medium jumbo


  • Bridge pickup: Kent Armstrong Humbucker
  • Neck pickup: Kent Armstrong Humbucker 12 Pole
  • Controls: neck volume, neck tone, bridge volume, bridge tone
  • 3-way toggle switch


  • Tuners: Grover Super Rotomatic
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Bridge: Pinned Rosewood base, Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby B-30
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