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D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar Natural  (Open Box)
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Product# H98791
OVERVIEW

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 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Recording (15)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (7)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

D`Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric

By Jazz Guy

from Richmond,VA

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Pros

  • A True Jazz Box
  • Awesome
  • Beautiful
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Stunning In Appearence

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Jazz Sound
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

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

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.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

D'Angelico EXL-1 Jazz Box

By tboy

from Alberquerque, NM

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Jazz Sound
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

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

Right out of the box fit and finish of this guitar easily came up to my expectations. Nice job on the tight curves on the head stock. I own 11 guitars, most of them for Jazz and the EXL-1 comes the closest to my idea of a Jazz sound...it has that nice clear bottom sound that sets it apart from even my Gibson ES135.

The playing action was high so I lowered the bridge as far as it would go. The bridge now rests on the saddle preventing any further lowering. Although the action is now acceptable, I can get it lower but will have to shave a bit off the bottom of the bridge. This is not hard to do.

I will change the round wounds to D'Adarrio flat wounds #12

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Jazz Guitar

By RevMc

from Wisconsin

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Church
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    Wonderful Jazz Guitar from a Great Brand.
    I enjoy playing this guitar either acoustically or plugged into an acoustic Amp.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Jazz Guitar

    By RevMc

    from Wisconsin

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

    • Unsure What Strings On It

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    Very nice guitar from a Great Brand. The craftsmanship is excellent. I am really enjoying playing it. Sounds great acoustically or plugged into my Genz-Benz Acoustic Amp.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    "may I have some more, please?"

    By schroeda

    from orlando, fl

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • FEELS LIKE AN OLD FRIEND
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Small Venues

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

      I never thought I could afford a D'Angelico guitar....then I found these overseas knock-offs.. They not only look the part, they play the part..set up out of the box was great with very little adjustment necessary. I have two other jazz guitars...both rare and playable... the EXL just felt like a younger brother to those wonderful old guitars...It's rare to pick one up and feel that "at home"...I certainly got lucky this time...
      I would not hesitate to recommend this model to ANYONE!...(note:..I was surprised with the strings that came on it ...so putting on light gauge flatwounds)

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What you'd expect from D'Angelico

      By caribconsult

      from Puerto Rico

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Looks Stunning
      • Nice Craftsmanship
      • Perfect Intonation
      • Solid Electronics
      • True Jazz Tone

      Cons

      • Needs Flatwounds

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Jazz
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

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

      I got mine three weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to get one of the limited edition white finish models. It's stunning against the gold trim. When I was a young musician, D'Angelico was the 'drool' guitar for all serious guitarists. Now you can afford one. I'm surprised they ship it with roundwound strings...it really needs flatwounds for the right tone.

      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's Great

      By Bill

      from Gettysburg, PA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I don't play it electrically, just acoustically. It's comfortable to play and sounds real good.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          No hard case!

          By Leonardo

          from Curitiba. BRA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

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

            REALLY sad that it doesn't came with a hard case!
            Many stores with the guitar at the same price and with the case included!
            I taught sure it was included!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            rt guGIteara

            By Hyper Space

            from Florida

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            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.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would recommend the EXL-1

              By Bob

              from Niagara Falls,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 EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                Outstanding guitar at a fair price.

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