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D'Angelico Excel EXL-1 Hollowbody Archtop in Iced Tea Burst

The definitive D'Angelico archtop for the contemporary player

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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 Excel EXL-1 is the modern-day counterpart to John D’Angelico’s original archtop. Typically spellbinding looks, and an authentic design with a handful of modern appointments, this timeless instrument delivers hollow-body warmth in 21st Century fashion.

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Body & Neck

The Excel EXL-1’s curvy single-cut 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 a pinch of acoustic-esque resonance for good measure.

The multi-piece neck employs a strip of Walnut sandwiched between solid Maple. This adds yet more midrange/top-end brightness to the woolly humbucker sound, great for bringing out your jazz leads and rhythmic comping.

Hardware & Electronics

A single USA Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith floating mini-humbucker sits in the neck position, just like the archtop designs of old. This class-style pickup ensures a warm, dynamic response that perfectly complements the tonewood combination.

As with many of D’Angelico’s modern hollow offerings, the Excel EXL-1 is generously adorned with gold hardware, 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: single cutaway
  • Body material: Laminate Flame Maple
  • Top material: Laminate Spruce
  • Binding (top): 5-ply
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Scalini (5-ply)


  • Neck material: Maple/Walnut/Maple
  • Neck shape: C-shape
  • Neck joint: set-thru
  • Fretboard material: Pau Ferro
  • Truss rod: dual action
  • Scale length: 25.5”
  • Radius: 16”
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl Split Block
  • Frets: 22, medium jumbo


  • Neck pickup: USA Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith Floating Humbucker
  • Controls: volume, tone


  • Tuners: Grover Super Rotomatic
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Bridge: Ebony with MOP inlays
  • Tailpiece: D’Angelico Stairstep
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