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 Excel DC strikes the balance between classic D’Angelico design and contemporary performance. With the unique headstock design, gold hardware and Mother of Pearl/Abalone block inlays, it’s every bit as luxurious as you’d expect. Add dual Seymour Duncan humbuckers to the mix and you’ve got a guitar that’s sounds as colourful as it looks!
Body & Neck
The Excel DC is a curvy double-cut semi-hollow that offers solid humbucking tones. The body material is Flame Maple, offering plenty of top-end brightness to contrast with the warm hollow sound. 5-ply binding rounds it off with a touch of class.
The multi-piece neck employs a strip of Walnut sandwiched between solid Maple. This adds yet more midrange/top-end brightness to the humbucker sound, great for lead playing clarity and contemporary styles.
Hardware & Electronics
As mentioned before, twin USA Seymour Duncan 59 humbuckers deliver a warm but gutsy snarl. But thanks to the tonewood choices and coil-tap controls, the Excel DC is no one-trick pony. It’ll clean up beautifully, just as suited to jazz as it is to alt-rock.
The hardware is where some of this instrument’s true character shines through. Luxuriously adorned with gold hardware, including Grover Super Rotomatic tuners, it’s an undeniably striking instrument. But everything has a purpose; expect fantastic tuning stability, squeaky-clean intonation and reliability across the board.
- Body style: semi-hollow
- Shape: double cutaway
- Body material: Laminate Flame Maple
- Binding (top): 5-ply
- Pickguard: Tortoise Scalini (5-ply)
- Neck material: 3-piece
- Neck shape: C-shape
- Neck joint: set-thru
- Fretboard material: Pau Ferro
- Truss rod: dual action
- Scale length: 24.75”
- Radius: 16”
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Split Block
- Frets: 22, medium jumbo
- Bridge pickup: USA Seymour Duncan 59 Humbucker
- Neck pickup: USA Seymour Duncan 59 Humbucker
- Controls: neck volume, neck tone, bridge volume, bridge tone, push/pull coil-tap
- 3-way toggle switch
- Tuners: Grover Super Rotomatic
- Nut material: Bone
- Bridge: Gold Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: D’Angelico Stairstep