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D'Angelico Excel Series SS Left-Handed Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece Vintage Sunburst

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The Excel SS has earned its place as a modern standout. A 15-inch-wide single-cutaway archtop, the SS is lightweight, punchy, and versatile. High-out...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 03-29-2018

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A thinline cutaway with amazing grace and unbeatable tone.

The Excel SS has earned its place as a modern standout. A 15-inch-wide single-cutaway archtop, the SS is lightweight, punchy, and versatile. High-output Kent Armstrong humbuckers make for crisp attack and remarkable resonance, while a slim C-shape neck profile offers maximum comfort. Revered by players from Bob Weir to Kurt Rosenwinkel, the SS is no stranger to stages. Now available with both signature D’Angelico Stairstep trapeze-style tailpiece or a traditional stop tailpiece with full center block. Includes hardshell case.

  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple Flamed
  • Body wood: Maple Flamed
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Left handed
  • Neck shape: C 
  • Neck wood: 3-piece maple/walnut/maple 
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 25"
  • Truss rod: Dual action 
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 16"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Inlays: Block
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Vintage humucker
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Vintage humucker
  • Brand: Kent Armstrong
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
  • Tuning machines: Grover Imperial
  • Color: Gold 
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: South Korea

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D'AngelicoExcel Series SS Left-Handed Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece

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Excellent lefty semi-hollow

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Playability
  • Looks great
  • Solid Electronics
  • Sounds amazing


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    • Small Venues

    Comments about D'Angelico Excel Series SS Left-Handed Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece:

    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 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.

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