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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
  • Single cutaway shape
  • Hollow body
  • Laminated spruce top
  • Laminated flamed maple back
  • 17-1/2" width, 3" depth
  • Floating Humbucker
  • 1 volume / 1 tone controls
  • 7-ply binding
  • Stairstep pickguard
  • Satin stain rosewood bridge
  • D'Angelico stairstep tailpiece
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Grover Super Rotomatic tuners
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Neck: Hard maple 2-pcs. walnut center
  • 25.5" scale
  • Mother-of-pearl inlay
  • Includes deluxe hardshell case

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D'AngelicoEXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), 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

3rd review

By 

from Albequrque NW

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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.

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5.0

D'Angelico EXL - 1

By 

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.

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    5.0

    Excellent guitar

    By 

    from Tx

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would recommend the EXL-1

      By 

      from Niagara Falls,New York

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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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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Jazz box indeed

        By 

        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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Redo on EXL-1

        By 

        from Albequrque NW

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        Pros

        • Can Do The Job Nice Look

        Cons

        • Harmonic Disparity On Som

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Small Venues
        • Your Choice

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

        I received this guitar in January 2014 and wrote a review that I still stand by.

        When recording, this guitar has some issues with harmonics on certain notes. In some instances this can be easily overcome but not always. For the price I still like it but it ain't a Gibson L5.

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        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Beautiful guitar, no quality control

        By 

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Pickup Install Uneven
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Tailpiece Install Uneven

        Best Uses

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

          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.

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          D'Angelico EXL-1 Jazz Box

          By 

          from Albequrque NW

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          Ask me a question

          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

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          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's Great

          By 

          from Gettysburg, PA

          About Me Experienced

          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.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              "may I have some more, please?"

              By 

              from orlando, fl

              About Me Experienced

              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)

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