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A semi-hollowbody with a laminated maple top and unbeatable PAF tone.
With a pure jazz sound that can only come from its laminated flamed maple construction, the EX-SS will satisfy all the needs of the seasoned guitar player. Being nothing short of perfection from top to bottom, the EX-SS model ensures that the D'Angelico brand is back with no signs of slowing down.
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Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Left-Handed Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:
I've had this for merely a few days and it's already my favorite guitar...ever! For reference, I play jazz, rock (modern and classic), fusion, blues, classical, and sometimes folk music. I also own a full archtop hollow-body electric and a couple of solid-body electric guitars. I've been playing for roughly 18 years (used to gig occassionally).
The first impression of this guitar is that it's very easy on the eyes and lightweight. It came setup very nicely out of the box, only requiring to be tuned (as expected, since I believe they should be detuned before shipping). It doesn't have the acoustic volume of my archtop, as expected, however, when plugged in...wow. The tone on the neck pickup is very jazzy, but not muddy. You can get classic Wes Montgomery sounds if you use your fingers, but with a pick it's still not 'too bright', however has a nice 'chimey' bell-like tone. The tone beats my Ibanez hands-down, although to be fair, the Ibanez is part of their Artcore series, since that was one of the few affordable/available left-handed hollowbody guitars around several years ago. One distinct thing about the tone on this one is that it is very consistent across the neck. Most guitars I've played have sweet spots, and when I would play along with my favorite songs, I could hear that my guitar could never keep a consistent tone across the necks like the pro's in recordings. Specifically, it would go from a more bell-like tone to a more flat 'twang' sound. This guitar gives you that nice tone everywhere on the neck. I've been playing on a Fender Deluxe Reverb 65 reissue.
This guitar is also versatile, as mentioned in other reviews, however I'm not much of a fan of the middle and bridge pickup positions on most guitars anyways, even if cranking up a bit of dirt. I make exceptions depending on the style of music I'm playing. I dialed in convincing tones from George Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Pat Martino sounds, to a rockabilly or even a Chet Atkins sound (to highlight difference of tones). It has a nice blues sound and can also cover modern music, in my opinion.
The only negative thing I can come up with is that the large tailpiece is very close to the body (maybe 1 or 2 mm). Just like mentioned in another review, it can touch the body if you hit it, and potentially damage it if you hit it hard enough. If you're an 'animated' performer or clumsy, just be careful. I may put in a spacer as another reviewer suggested.
The neck is slightly more narrow than my other electrics (supposedly the case with the original D'angelico models), and I've found this to be surprisingly nice for solos and not inhibiting at all for chords. The tuners are very nice...they tune much more consistently than other's I've tried. To be specific, you don't get as much of that small turn that suddenly throws the tuning way off and takes tiny movements to correct. You can turn these a fair amount and not have such a sudden dramatic change, allowing me to tune faster. The consistent tone appears to be a combination of the guitar's build and choice of pickups. I've tried replacing pickups in another guitar without a consistent tone, so I'm convinced the quality/design/build of the guitar makes a considerable difference. The light weight does give you a sense of worry that you will damage it somehow, though.
If you're left handed and looking for something to handle everything just short of heavy metal, this is a great choice/value. It has the tone of more expensive hollow-body guitars with the comfort of a solid-body. I recommend checking one out in person if you can find one.