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D'Angelico Excel Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece Blue Burst

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John D’Angelico’s original archtop design is legend, and the EXL-1 is its modern-day counterpart. True to the original in every detail, the EXL-1 fea...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 11-09-2017

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A deluxe archtop with single floating humbucker.

John D’Angelico’s original archtop design is legend, and the EXL-1 is its modern-day counterpart. True to the original in every detail, the EXL-1 features a floating pickup designed to maximize the acoustic tone of its commanding 17-in. wide, 3-in. deep body. Paired with a Kent Armstrong mini-humbucker, its jazz box tone is unmatched. Flame maple sides and D'Angelico's Art Deco-inspired details frame the EXL-1 -- a modern classic steeped in tradition.


FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Spruce
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: C
  • Neck wood: 3-piece Maple/walnut
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: Not specified
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Block
  • Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: H
  • Neck: Kent Armstrong Floating Mini-Humbucker
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Not applicable
  • Brand: Kent Armstrong
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: Info not available
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Rosewood
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
  • Tuning machines: Grover Super Rotomatic
  • Color: Gold
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Electronics
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: South Korea

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D'AngelicoExcel Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
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5.0

Beautiful in every way!

By Jason C

from Newark NY

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great To Look At
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Included strings aren't flat-wound (!)

Best Uses

  • Learning Jazz
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about D'Angelico Excel Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece:

I was fortunate enough to see this up as a "Stupid Deal of the Day," and I'm proud to say I'm smart enough to know when a D'Angelico goes on sale to pick it up. I admit I was hesitant because of the color (a blue guitar? really?), but the more I thought about it the more fitting this beautiful blue is, given the '40s-era, Art Deco styling.

You will want to buy flat-wound strings concurrently with the purchase of this guitar. I put on some D'Addario ECG25 Chromes Flat Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Light, 12-52, and it makes all the difference. I also lowered the turn-dial bridge to its lowest. I get the sweetest sound when I play directly over the pick-up, finger-style (no pick).

The hard-shell cash is fantastic as well!

This is my first "jazz box," and I am absolutely in love with this guitar. I've played classical, rock, and acoustic for over 30 years, and I finally decided I want to learn jazz. I feel like this is the perfect guitar to get me there.

Highly recommended!

 
5.0

Great guitar for the price

By Sin City Rick

from Las Vegas

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about D'Angelico Excel Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece:

    Great guitar for the price. Excellent quality. World Musical instruments out of Korea is the manufacturer. They make great guitars. I will definitely buy another D'angelico. Nice hard shell case included.

     
    5.0

    AMAZING ATTENTION TO DETAILS

    By JSTJEAN

    from Greenwood, DE

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Stunning to look at

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about D'Angelico Excel Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece:

      Setup out of the box was spot on and the neck (fret edges are smooth) plays like butter. It is heavier than I thought it would be but were well constructed and solid. The project of sound unplugged is very balanced and I experienced no feedback issues when plugged into an amp.

       
      5.0

      She's even more beautiful in real life

      By Devon

      from Minnesota

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about D'Angelico Excel Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece:

        First, the good: This is a solid piece of craftsmanship, and I can't find any defects in it at all. It arrived perfectly set up, just needed tuning before it was ready to play. It sounds very nice, and the pickup is very responsive. You can either dial the tone knob all the way up and make it treble heavy, or keep it reigned in and have a more "full" sound.

        She plays well, and the neck definitely feels better than my other guitars (but they've got D-shaped necks, this is a C-shape). Frets don't buzz, playabillity is 100% there.

        The bad:

        This is more of an electric-acoustic guitar than it is an electric hollow-body. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but as far as how it feels, that's it. There's no real fret access beyond the 15th fret, but the higher frets *are* responsive.

        Overall, I'd say this is a beautiful guitar, but it's not *the* guitar. It looks amazing, and you can DEFINITELY use it for any recording / gigging... But if you're buying this thinking you'll get some sort of "magic tone" then you'd be sorely disappointed. This guitar is just like a 25 year old Ukrainian model. You aren't buying her for the brains, you're buying her for the looks.

         
        5.0

        Honestly,,,,,

        By About to learn some Jazz

        from Bayside, NY

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about D'Angelico Excel Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece:

          This D'Angelico Hollow body guitar in Blue Burst is great. Neck built quality superb. Body line & color is ecstasy-arousing. Only thing possibly inferior to similar Gibson models is non-nitro finish. Highly recommended.

           
          5.0

          This is magnificent!

          By JimEddie

          from Midwest

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amaze your friends!
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about D'Angelico Excel Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece:

            I have a lot of guitars but have never owned a Jazz designed guitar. To be honest I am not a great fan of Jazz guitar, but I do like to noodle around in the privacy of my home. So I did not want to go nuts on an expensive model that I could not justify owning. I don't know enough about the construction of Jazz guitars, as it relates to the sound - woods, laminates, floating pickups, etc., so I will just give you my impression of the D'Angelico EXL-1. The appearance is stunning, with the blue and gold, deco styling.
            The fit and finish seems perfect, no flaws in the paint. The only thing i noticed was that the input jack does not tighten down completely. It starts to spin as it gets tighter. The action was a bit high out of box, but easily lowered with the thumb-wheels on the floating bridge. The neck plays very comfortably. The pickup, to me is fine.. not too bright not too dark, but I have seen others say it was a bit too bright, and I don't have a lot to compare it to. The guitar is plenty loud unplugged, so can be enjoyed by just picking up and playing. The case is a high quality hard shell style. I like it a lot. Disclaimer: I did buy this from Musicians Friend on sale.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Excellent service, arrived quickly,

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