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D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Cherry Sunburst

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From master-luthier John D'Angelico's humble beginnings in the Lower East side of Manhattan comes this modern flagship acoustic, the Bowery (SD-500)....Click To Read More About This Product

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A beauty and a beast in one beautiful single-cutaway dreadnought.

From master-luthier John D'Angelico's humble beginnings in the Lower East side of Manhattan comes this modern flagship acoustic, the Bowery (SD-500). A single-cutaway dreadnought with a solid Sitka spruce top, its rosewood back and sides project the Bowery's massive roar. But have no fear: a slim C-shaped neck and rosewood fingerboard make for great comfort. With the sleek additions of FU-Tone brass bridge pins, a tortoise pickguard and block mother-of-pearl inlays and Fishman's INK-4 pickup system, the Bowery is destined to be a classic.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Dreadnought
  • Cutaway: Single cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka
  • Back & sides: Solid Rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: Scalloped X
  • Body finish: Info not available
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C shape slim profile
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: Not specified
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Info not available
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman
  • Configuration: Info not available
  • Preamp EQ: 4-band
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: Yes
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: Other
  • Tuning machines: Grover Super Rotomatic - Gold
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut: Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickup System
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: Indonesia

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D'AngelicoBowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Stays in tune (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good audio (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (7)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I Couldn't be Happier with this Purchase!!

After searching long and hard for the best solid wood acoustic guitar for the price I was very fortunate to find this gem. If you can't afford a 700 series Taylor or other high...Read complete review

After searching long and hard for the best solid wood acoustic guitar for the price I was very fortunate to find this gem. If you can't afford a 700 series Taylor or other high end solid rosewood guitars that go between 2 and 3 grand then this is what you need and in my opinion this guitar holds up perfectly against those brands, however, I would never dare to say that it's better as that's something I just don't say about guitars in general. You can't find these guitars in stores and that left me a little cautious because I want to try a guitar before investing in one, but this guitar was ready to go for me right out of the box. I have the vintage sunburst and the pictures online do not do this guitar justice. It truly is one of the most beautiful guitars I've seen in my 20 plus years of playing and the looks parallel perfectly with the sound and feel of this instrument. I know that looks aren't everything, but it is good to have a guitar with a unique physical identity and this guitar has that. Not only does it have a deep rich sound characteristic of dreadnoughts, but it also produces a very clear and distinct sound that isn't drowned out by the bass. The D'Addario EXP - 16 strings compliment the guitar perfectly as well. I literally didn't need to do a thing to this instrument besides tune it & play it after I took it out of the box. I do not use the electronics on acoustics, but the tuner on this guitar is accurate and easy to use. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a high end solid rosewood guitar that really does have everything a player could ask for in an acoustic. Well done D'Angelico!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful, but disappointing.

I am a solo guitarist/vocalist with 40+ years experience. I was really looking forward to this guitar, and found several disappointments. I pondered whether to give it 2 or 3 stars. Read complete review

I am a solo guitarist/vocalist with 40+ years experience. I was really looking forward to this guitar, and found several disappointments. I pondered whether to give it 2 or 3 stars.
POSITIVES:
- It is dead gorgeous. Physically the fit & finish are excellent. You won't find a more beautiful guitar at any price.
- the onboard preamp is powerful, versatile, and includes a quick accurate tuner.
- the included HSC is excellent quality.

NEGATIVES:
- Sound: this guitar isn't nearly as loud, responsive, or balanced as an all-solid-wood dred should be. It sounds thin and lacking in bass. It sounds a lot like an Epiphone I have which is all laminated woods. My Taylor sounds much better of course but so do my Seagull, Fender CD150 and Xaviere drednaughts all of which were priced lower. I liken the sound of this guitar to the sound of hitting my teeth against a window. Fortunately the preamp is good featured enough to make up for the weaknesses if you plug it in.

- Setup: The guitar wasn't set up well OOTB. The action was far too low. I needed to adjust the truss rod - OK - but I also needed to shim the bridge saddle. :(

- Feel: string tension is weak. I don't understand how the strings feel so mushy on an acoustic guitar with fixed parts. I prefer 12s on my acoustics, but 12s on the Bowrey feel like spaghetti. After correcting the neck & bridge saddle I went to 13s. The 13s on the Bowrey feel about 12s on all my others.

Here is the really odd part: 6 weeks after buying this I purchased a Brooklyn form the same series. The Brooklyn is Sapele while the Bowrey is Rosewood, otherwise they spec the same. I can't tell them apart on the rack but I sure can when I play them. The Brooklyn is much better! Everything nice I said about the Bowrey applies to the Brooklyn, but NONE of the bad stuff does! I don't get it, but I'll gladly recommend a Brooklyn. From my experience I can't recommend the Bowrey.

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(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Couldn't be Happier with this Purchase!!

By aaltonfield

from Maryland

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Looks Amazing
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    After searching long and hard for the best solid wood acoustic guitar for the price I was very fortunate to find this gem. If you can't afford a 700 series Taylor or other high end solid rosewood guitars that go between 2 and 3 grand then this is what you need and in my opinion this guitar holds up perfectly against those brands, however, I would never dare to say that it's better as that's something I just don't say about guitars in general. You can't find these guitars in stores and that left me a little cautious because I want to try a guitar before investing in one, but this guitar was ready to go for me right out of the box. I have the vintage sunburst and the pictures online do not do this guitar justice. It truly is one of the most beautiful guitars I've seen in my 20 plus years of playing and the looks parallel perfectly with the sound and feel of this instrument. I know that looks aren't everything, but it is good to have a guitar with a unique physical identity and this guitar has that. Not only does it have a deep rich sound characteristic of dreadnoughts, but it also produces a very clear and distinct sound that isn't drowned out by the bass. The D'Addario EXP - 16 strings compliment the guitar perfectly as well. I literally didn't need to do a thing to this instrument besides tune it & play it after I took it out of the box. I do not use the electronics on acoustics, but the tuner on this guitar is accurate and easy to use. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a high end solid rosewood guitar that really does have everything a player could ask for in an acoustic. Well done D'Angelico!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Natural Knockout

    By Jinx623

    from Westcheter, NY

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Flawless build, Idonesian craftsmanship is alive
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I don't know why all these new guitars are sent with 0.12"s on them. Especially shipped tuned to pitch from Indonesia to New York. It upsets the neck and gives a "muddy" sound to a FINE instrument. Martin SP's
      (MSP-3000)/ 0.10 to 0.47 are perfect for most acoustics (though I am no friend of Martin) and give a full, even lush sound; particularly on this guitar, after a little neck adjustment, came to life sounding as good as any of the 8 Martin's that I own. No Brag: I have 52 years experience and a collection of 152 instruments representing 10 countries and ~50 brands, and, this is one of my top ten. FL

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bargain, and a super nice guitar

      By Jerry

      from Midwest

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Feel
      • Indonesian fit & finish is awesome
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • There are no cons, absolutely none

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Action is a little high, but after lowering it, all is well, intonation is spot on. Plays great & sounds fantastic with
      or without amplification. I have always been impressed with Indonesian expertise. I would highly recommend
      these guitars . I just ordered a second one

      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Al Varez

      from Palm Beach

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        not much to say this is a great instrument

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Good Guitar

        By Al Varez

        from Palm Beach

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • comes with a hard case
        • Consistent
        • Good Feel
        • looks great
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This is a great guitar and I recommend it because
          1 it is a solid wood guitar
          2 it is beautiful and well made
          3. It comes with a good quality hard case
          4 It has a built in tuner
          5 metal bridge pins for better clarity
          6 great price
          7 decent electronics

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          As advertised--to the max!

          By Eddie

          from Alvarado, TX

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Great sound! Awesome looks! Plays like the solid rosewood I dreamed about. Balanced bass and treble and resonance. Neck could be the normal narrow like Gibson, but it's a great guitar.

             
            2.0

            Beautiful, but disappointing.

            By Ox

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Appearance

            Cons

            • "Mushy" feel
            • Thin sounding

            Best Uses

              Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              I am a solo guitarist/vocalist with 40+ years experience. I was really looking forward to this guitar, and found several disappointments. I pondered whether to give it 2 or 3 stars.
              POSITIVES:
              - It is dead gorgeous. Physically the fit & finish are excellent. You won't find a more beautiful guitar at any price.
              - the onboard preamp is powerful, versatile, and includes a quick accurate tuner.
              - the included HSC is excellent quality.

              NEGATIVES:
              - Sound: this guitar isn't nearly as loud, responsive, or balanced as an all-solid-wood dred should be. It sounds thin and lacking in bass. It sounds a lot like an Epiphone I have which is all laminated woods. My Taylor sounds much better of course but so do my Seagull, Fender CD150 and Xaviere drednaughts all of which were priced lower. I liken the sound of this guitar to the sound of hitting my teeth against a window. Fortunately the preamp is good featured enough to make up for the weaknesses if you plug it in.

              - Setup: The guitar wasn't set up well OOTB. The action was far too low. I needed to adjust the truss rod - OK - but I also needed to shim the bridge saddle. :(

              - Feel: string tension is weak. I don't understand how the strings feel so mushy on an acoustic guitar with fixed parts. I prefer 12s on my acoustics, but 12s on the Bowrey feel like spaghetti. After correcting the neck & bridge saddle I went to 13s. The 13s on the Bowrey feel about 12s on all my others.

              Here is the really odd part: 6 weeks after buying this I purchased a Brooklyn form the same series. The Brooklyn is Sapele while the Bowrey is Rosewood, otherwise they spec the same. I can't tell them apart on the rack but I sure can when I play them. The Brooklyn is much better! Everything nice I said about the Bowrey applies to the Brooklyn, but NONE of the bad stuff does! I don't get it, but I'll gladly recommend a Brooklyn. From my experience I can't recommend the Bowrey.

               
              5.0

              After 3 months, mellowing nicely--I would buy this again!

              By Eddie

              from Alvarado, TX

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              Pros

              • All solid wood
              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune
              • Very good hardshell case included

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Quality church music
                • Small Venues

                Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I've played for services- great sound for strumming and picking with substantial bass runs and overall harmonic response. Contrary to spec list, nut is really 1 11/16" which makes this guitar perfect for different styles of playing. Watch out! The "premier" line is a whole different animal! Laminated B & S, faux fingerboard & bridge, and no case.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Great Guitar in poor condition

                By Al Varez

                from Palm Beach

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • received very damaged

                Best Uses

                  Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I own two of these guitars and the third one I received was a level three. The description was not complete for the headstock was damaged and a part was nearly falling off and the strap buttom and the jack were too damaged to keep for the price of the guitar.
                  I am returning it today.

                   
                  5.0

                  3 months later, a Great Guitar

                  By Al Varez

                  from Palm Beach

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • comes with a case
                  • Consistent
                  • decent electronics
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Looks Great
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues
                    • unplugged gigs

                    Comments about D'Angelico Bowery Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    This Guitar sounds great
                    This guitar looks great and is well made
                    This guitar holds tune and has decent electronics.
                    This guitar has comes with a good quality case

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