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 Premier Series EXL-1 is the modern-day affordable counterpart to John D’Angelico’s original archtop. Understated yet spellbinding looks, and an authentic design with a handful of modern appointments, this timeless instrument delivers hollow-body warmth in 21st Century fashion.
Body & Neck
The EXL-1’s curvy single-cut body employs a Laminate 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 Duncan-designed 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.
The hardware is chrome from top to bottom, including Rotomatic Stairstep 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: hollowbody
- Shape: single cutaway
- Body material: Laminate Flame Maple
- Top material: Laminate Spruce
- Binding (top): multi-ply cream
- Neck material: multi-piece
- Neck shape: C-shape
- Neck joint: set-thru
- Fretboard material: Ovangkol
- Truss rod: dual action
- Scale length: 25.5”
- Radius: 14”
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Acrylic Block
- Frets: 22, medium jumbo
- Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan-designed Floating mini humbucker
- Controls: volume, tone
- Tuners: Rotomatic Stairstep
- Nut material: PPS
- Bridge: Ovangkol
- Tailpiece: D’Angelico Stairstep Trapeze