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D'Angelico Excel Series SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece Vintage Sunburst

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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. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • Single cutaway shape
  • Semi-Hollowbody
  • Laminated flamed maple top
  • Laminated flamed maple back
  • 15'' size
  • 2 Kent Armstrong Humbuckers
  • 2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
  • 5-ply binding
  • Stairstep pickguard
  • Gold tune-o-matic bridge
  • D'Angelico Stairstep tailpiece
  • Gold-plated hardware (or black hardware in grey black finish)
  • Grover Super Rotomatic tuning machines
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Neck: Hard Maple 2-pcs. walnut center
  • 25" scale
  • Mother-of-pearl inlay
  • Switch Craft USA input jack
  • Includes deluxe hardshell case

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D'AngelicoEX-SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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(37 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A very nice guitar for recording

By MJS52

from Harrisburg, PA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording

    Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    Really I'd give this guitar a 4.5.

    I've owned one of these for a year. I mainly use it to record and write songs on. The workmanship is flawless. As with a good archtop, every note and position will sound with equal volume with equal picking strength. It is extremely expressive for lead work compared to all my first name solid bodied guitars.

    Positives:

    The look was breathtaking. But then, I love archtop guitars. The action is very low. Frets nice. Tuners great. Inlay work is well appointed. There is even inlay on the back of the headstock. It is on the edge of gaudy. The guitar pickups sound full, yet clean. If strummed with reasonable force (more on this later), they pickups are warm with distortion. The guitar is a fine jazz box and would really deliver some nice old style country lead guitar. Blues too.

    Soundwise, this is not a guitar for everyone. Mr. D'Angelico built guitars for jazz and some country (Old Country) guitarists, not for thrash metal, hard rock, etc. Interestingly, light touch shredding seems to come across well. Effects pedals respond well to the signal from the guitar. Overall playing this guitar is more a coaxing of great sounds. Banging or slamming will not deliver much.

    While the guitar is a high quality build, it isn't heavy duty compared to a good Les Paul, or Heritage, or Stratacaster. And it wasn't perfect. Very nice, but not there are some negatives:

    I don't think the guitar will take a lot of abuse, either cosmetically, or physically.

    The guitar came setup well action wise, but my first impression was the pickups were set close to the strings as my heavy picking would overdrive the pickups, but not in a good musical way. I lowered the pickups a few twists and that took care of it, but doing it robbed a good bit of the expression from the guitar. Then I realized that many jazz guitarists pick with their fingers like Wes Montgomery did. So then I put the pickups back up where they were, and adjusted my playing to a lighter touch, and all is well. If I want to go crazy on something, I will use one of my solid body guitars.

    This might be a positive or a negative. The neck is not as wide and the strings are closer together than most Gibsons, Heritages, or most guitars. Not a problem once one adjusts a bit. Original D'Angelico guitars were known to have slimmer fretboards so there is a touch of lineage with this trait.

    Despite being a thinline hollowbody with tone blocks, the guitar will feed back much more easily than the semi-hollowbody and solid body guitars I own. I do have fat hollow bodies that feed back more easily than the D'Angelico. Feeding back can be good or bad depending upon what you are doing with the guitar.

    The last negative was that occasionally the tailpiece would "clack" onto the body of the guitar. Back in D'Angelico's day, guitarists didn't jump and dance around the stage. Tailpieces were anchored to the base of the guitar and slung forward loose toward the bridge. This guitar's tailpiece is like that. The "clack" sound was surprising and disturbing the first time it happened. I cured it with a 10 cent felt spacer from the hardware store. The unanchored tailpiece could pose a problem with players jumping around.

    All in all, for the money this is a wonderful guitar. It has been very handy for recording many types of music. With it's expressiveness, it has delivered everything asked of it.

    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Instrument

    By rreactive

    from Fremont, CA

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • No Negatives At This Time

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      This is a beautiful guitar, built well and just wonderful to look at. Tone is very satisfactory and great for jazz and blues through a clean channel. I use it mainly for amateur recording. I have no opinion as to road worthiness but the attention to detail is awesome. Playability is great with low action and no buzzes anywhere up or down the neck. Going to restring with flatwound strings so should warm up the tone even more. For the price, this is definitely a guitar worth having and playing for years to come.

      (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      More than I expected

      By K9Blues

      from South Pasadena, CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Classic Rock
        • Jazz

        Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        Bought without prior playing. Every bit as beautiful as the pictures. Terrific action. I have played for about a week and I was surprised at the clarity and warmth, yet it growls when dirtied up. Sounded glassy with a slide. More lightweight than other semis.

        (11 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This guitar Is in a class by it's self

        By telejazz

        from Glenwood , Il

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        Pros

        • Beutiful
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is a top quality instrument. D'angelico makes some the best guitar strings in the world, so I took a chance buying it before playing it and I'm glad I did. If this company made guitars, I would have to check them out. I have been playing over 40 years, and this guitar is good for every style. The craftsmanship is super.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Terrific instrument

          By JJ

          from Gainesville, Ga

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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 EX-SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            This is truly an outstanding guitar in every respect. I am especially pleased with its playability and versatility.

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I am glad that I purchased EX-SS

            By telejazz

            from Glenwood , Il

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

              I should have said D'angelico use to make the best strings in the world. I know they don't produce strings anymore because they sold the company. The new owners are keeping the tradition of producing some of the best guitars ever. I've had my Ex-SS for 2 years now and love it.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar, highly recommended

              By Rick

              from Midland, MI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                  Right out of the box it played great, awesome neck, excellent playability. Craftsmanship is superb. I bought this as a blemish, however in my opinion it was mint. The Kent Armstrong pickups are awesome. Tuning is not rock solid, but not really problematic either. The only upgrade I would consider with this is maybe higher quality machines, but I can live with it. Overall, I'm very pleased with it. This guitar sounds GREAT.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Highly recommend

                  By ryan

                  from Denver

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                    Very light. All around excellent build quality and tone. Exceptionally beautiful !!!!! Mines in natural but i couldn't choose btw all the amazing finishes.

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