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D'Angelico Excel DC Doublecut Semi-hollow Stopbar in Vintage Sunburst

Semi-hollow resonance with USA Seymour Duncan pickups

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Sam Beattie

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 Deluxe Brighton perfectly encapsulates this. Striking design appointments like D’Angelico’s unique headstock design, gold hardware and Mother of Pearl/Abalone block inlays are definitely easy on the eyes. In addition, dual Seymour Duncan pickups, coil-tap controls and a Maple/Walnut/Pau Ferro neck offer a vibrant tonal palette.

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Body & Neck

The Excel DC is a curvy double-cut guitar that offers solid humbucking tones. The body material is Swamp Ash, a classic tonewood that’s balanced with a tight midrange. 7-ply binding rounds it off with a luxurious look.

The multi-piece neck employs a strip of Walnut sandwiched between solid Maple. This adds an edge to the Ash/humbucker combination with extra top-end brightness, great for lead playing clarity.

Hardware & Electronics

As mentioned before, twin USA Seymour Duncan humbuckers deliver a warm but gutsy snarl. But thanks to the tonewood choices and coil-tap controls, the Deluxe Brighton is no one-trick pony. It’ll clean up beautifully, just as suited to jazz & funk as it is to anthemic rock.

The hardware is where some of this instrument’s true character shines. Luxuriously adorned with gold hardware, including Grover Super Rotomatic Locking 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: solid-body
  • Shape: double cutaway
  • Body material: Swamp Ash
  • Binding (top): 7-ply
  • Pickguard: F-hole style (5-ply)


  • Neck material: Maple/Walnut/Maple
  • Neck finish: natural satin
  • Neck shape: C-shape
  • Neck joint: set-thru
  • Fretboard material: Pau Ferro
  • Truss rod: dual action
  • Scale length: 24.75”
  • Radius: 14”
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl/Abalone Split Block
  • Frets: 22, medium


  • Bridge pickup: USA Seymour Duncan DA-59 Humbucker
  • Neck pickup: USA Seymour Duncan DA-59 Humbucker
  • Controls: neck volume, neck tone, bridge volume, bridge tone, push/pull coil-tap
  • 3-way toggle switch


  • Tuners: Grover Super Rotomatic Locking
  • Nut material: Tusq
  • Bridge: Gold Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: stopbar
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