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D'Angelico Premier EXL-1 Jazz Box Single Cut Semi-hollow Mini Humbucker with Stairstep Tailpiece Ocean Turquoise
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We are proud to stock the D'Angelico New York Range of guitars and this D'Angelico Premier EXL-1 Jazz Box Single Cut Semi-hollow Mini Humbucker Ocean Turquoise sounds as good as it looks!
John D’Angelico was born in Little Italy, on Manhattan's Lower East Side. At only 9 years old, he became an apprentice to his grand uncle Signor Ciani, an expert violin and mandolin maker. This apprenticeship would become the basis for construction principles he later incorporated into his world-renowned archtop guitars.
D'Angelico's first shop was located at 40 Kenmare Street in New York City’s Little Italy. The shop was small, but perfect for a humble operation: D'Angelico instruments were strictly hand-made, and in very limited quantities. During the late 1930s, when production was at its peak, D'Angelico made approximately 35 instruments per year with the help of only two workers. The novelty of a D’Angelico became part of its mystique, but it was simply how the master-luthier preferred to work.
Over the course of more than 80 years, D'angelico has moved from a tiny shop in Little Italy to a sprawling showroom in midtown Manhattan, but their promise remains the same: to produce exceptional guitars that uphold the legacy of John D’Angelico. With guitars in the hands of hugely influential artists and available at dealers around the world, D’Angelico guitars are back for good. Our lines—featuring both reissues, new semi-hollow designs, and the first solid-body collection in the brand’s 85-year history—are defined by their remarkable quality and tone. Bob Weir, Susan Tedeschi, Kurt Rosenwinkel and an army of others endorsing our instruments speaks for itself. At D’Angelico, we maintain our legend by guaranteeing the utmost quality instruments made with the utmost passion.
The EXL-1 Model
D'Angelico's flagship archtop—now available in the Premier Series. Crafted from John D’Angelico’s original design, the Premier EXL-1's balanced, organic tone captures the unmistakable sound of a New York jazz box. Couple that with signature D'Angelico features in the Stairstep tailpiece and iconic headstock, the EXL-1 embodies elegance. Its single floating mini-humbucker highlights its naturally punchy mids and warm acoustic edge. Designed for jazzers at every turn, the Premier EXL-1 is the finest archtop in its class. Now available in Ocean Turquoise, Fiesta Red, and Champagne.
This guitar comes in a D'angelico Gig bag.
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