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D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar   

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The EXL-1 has been revived with all the quality expected from D'Angelico. This single-cutaway archtop features a signature D'Angelico stairstep tailp...Read More

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A full hollowbody with a laminated spruce top and floating pickup.

The EXL-1 has been revived with all the quality expected from D'Angelico. This single-cutaway archtop features a signature D'Angelico stairstep tailpiece along with a floating pickup and hard maple neck. The EXL-1 is a pure classic reborn into the 21st century. Includes case.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Spruce
  • Body wood: Flame Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Slim C
  • Neck wood: 2-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: Mother-of-pearl
  • Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: H
  • Neck: Floating humbucker
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Not applicable
  • Brand: D'Angelico
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: Not applicable
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Floating rosewood
  • Tailpiece: D'Angelico Stairstep
  • Tuning machines: Grover Rotomatic
  • Color: Gold
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body shape
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None

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D'AngelicoEXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Recording (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

D`Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric

This D`Angelico EXL-1 reissue is a great value in Jazz box guitars. It possesses extreme qualities required to produce that true jazz tone ,such as the Kent Armstrong pick up and a...Read complete review

This D`Angelico EXL-1 reissue is a great value in Jazz box guitars. It possesses extreme qualities required to produce that true jazz tone ,such as the Kent Armstrong pick up and a real hollowbody ,woody sort of overall sound and is breaming with the 1940s jazz vibe.For a korean made instrument ,it is on par with many other more expensive axes and also better sounding than some. Very high craftmanship is on display here,even the f-holes have binding and it is pretty light for a 17 inch bout size guitar.This is the "flagship" of their current productions and is a 1942 reissue ,with grover tuners and the full copy of either sunburst or natural ,just as John D`Angelico made them in the 1930s and 40s. They also now make a masterbuilt American version that costs thousands more, with real spruce top and real flamed maple back and sides But this laminate feels ,sounds and plays great and is extremely loud ,even unplugged ,loud enough to play unplugged with other acoustics!! Compared to other simular jazz boxes in this price range ,IMO the EXL-1 blows them away, big time. This guitar is a great value and an under advetised piece of quality for its cost. I will bet that they will go up a lot in the future.

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Beautiful guitar, no quality control

I was so anxious to get this guitar, but when it finally arrived, I was VERY disappointed. First thing I noticed was the tailpiece was installed poorly. To fix that issue, you...Read complete review

I was so anxious to get this guitar, but when it finally arrived, I was VERY disappointed. First thing I noticed was the tailpiece was installed poorly. To fix that issue, you would have to remove tha tailpiece, putty the holes and redrill new holes for it. I had NO intention of attempting that! The pickup attached to the pickguard was not even with the fretboard, it was high on the bass side and low on the treble side. I've never seen a setup like that before. If anything, it should have been the other way around. I do know a humbucker should be an even height, or distance from the strings. Other than those two issues, I feel it's a beautiful guitar, sounds great and plays well. I usually setup my own guitars, but with this one, I wanted a pro to do the job. I didn't want to touch the pickup's bracket and figured they would make the proper adjustment. They, like me, didn't want to bend the bracket on the pickup, and I don't blame them. They tried to place a piece of flat rubber to make the adjustment on the pickup. They tried, but failed. I paid good fee for a failed attempt. I called MF and told them the whole situation. They sent out a pre-paid return label and said they would reimburse me for the money paid for the failed setup. They're going to send out a new guitar. I told them I wanted it inspected by a REAL guitar tech prior to shipping. I have not received the guitar yet. We'll see what happens with the next one. If that one is in the same shape, I'm just going to send it back for a refund. The guitar had an inspection tag with it. I think they just through it in when it left the factory in Korea. Maybe the inspector was coming off a Soju experience. No excuse for the poor workmanship.

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5.0

Wow! 1940's time machine

By Tom

from Yaphank

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • sorry, can't find a con

Best Uses

  • basement noodling
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Truly a beautiful instrument, mine is sunburst. If it was a car it would have tail fins. Of course that's the fifties and this is a late 1940's style guitar but you get the idea. The details are amazing, head stock and tailpiece in particular. Had this set up with flat wound 12's, much better than the strings it came with. Nice mellow jazz tone with a clean amp and a little studio reverb. Great for old standards (remember them?). A guitar buddy of mine who loves metal (much younger then me) tried it and even he was impressed. Go ahead, treat yourself. I won't tell you wife.

 
5.0

Excellent guitar

By Too Many Guitars

from Connecticut

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I had originally order an Ibanez George Benson LGB30, but after having severe fret and other problems with two of those, I decided to give this a try and I'm glad I did. This was my first real jazz guitar purchase. The build quality is great. The finish is gorgeous and the frets needed no attention at all, unlike the Ibanez. I set the action a bit lower, put on some flatwound strings and I was ready to go. Great tone, exactly what I thought it should be. The output of the pickup is fairly low, primarily because of it's distance from the strings. No big deal, you're not going to try to overdrive your amp with this guitar (at least I wouldn't think so!). The guitar has a brighter acoustic sound than I expected, but that's fine. All in all, an excellent guitar for a good price.

       
      5.0

      would highly recommend

      By noah

      from tampa florida

      About Me Experienced

      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 EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        I use this guitar for jazz and blues. Its the best arch top out there for the money. Its built really well and the electronics and neck sound and feel great. I can say enough about the angelico brand. They really give you quality with out breaking the bank. Its also one of the best looking guitars out there!

         
        5.0

        would buy again 110 percent

        By todd

        from Michigan

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          I have been playing it non stop since i opened the case. Great action and single pick up. I brought it over to a friends to jam and was the envy of the room. The pictures on-line don't do it justice!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

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          By Hyper Space

          from Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            What a beautiful guitar. Setup great right out of the box. Magnificent finish ( vintage Sunburst ). Easy to play. I've wanted one of these babies for years. Very affordable with 36 months financing 0% interest, you just can't beat it.
            FYI your review question and location are not working.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            3rd review

            By tboy

            from Alberquerque, NM

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Nice Tone And Finish

            Cons

            • Little on the heavy side

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            I finally got around to shaving some material off the bottom of the bridge so I could lower the action more. This guitar will now hold a dime under the 6th string at the 12th fret with the guitar in an upright position. Try that on yours. Generally speaking a quarter is deemed good.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            D'Angelico EXL - 1

            By Mr. D

            from Atlanta

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

              Comments about D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              The guitar arrived in excellent condition and was playable right out of the box.
              After about a week I made some minor intonation and string height adjustments to suit my particular tastes.
              I'm very happy with the instrument and I managed to grab it while it was on sale!

              I am a happy and satisfied customer.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent guitar

              By BigMike55

              from Tx

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Verified Reviewer

              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 EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                I changed to a lighter flat wound strings and had my guitar guy do a set-up. It played well right out of the box but I always get a set-up and check the intonation. Very little adjustment needed. The guitar looks fabulous, got many comments already and the tone is great. Keep tone knob about half way and volume about 3/4 for a good sound. Tone knobs on pickguard are in my way a little but I'm adjusting to that. Great Value.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would recommend the EXL-1

                By Bob

                from Niagara Falls,NY.

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  Outstanding guitar at a fair price.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Jazz box indeed

                  By Fester Spunk

                  from Carmel, NY

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Great Playability

                  Cons

                  • Poor Pick Up

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  I immediately threw some flat wound strings on this guitar and the tone I was looking for came to the surface. The electronics are midrange and for my purposes will need to be replaced, but the factory electronics will most probably be fine for most folks. I am looking for a more vintage tone and so will rework them.

                  The set up was sweet out of the case, and the instrument is beautiful to behold.

                  I put a felt muffler strip in the strings south of the bridge to quite the drone tones produced, but I did that on my old boxes as well.

                  Love it and strongly recommend

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