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D'Angelico EXL-1 Archtop Guitar #S160063486 - Used  From Other

A great laminated hollowbody from D'Angelico with a floating mini-humbucker!


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What We Think

From straight ahead Joe Pass-isms to forward leaning playing from the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Isaiah Sharkey, and more, this EXL-1 can handle it all with class and polish.  This one came in already itching to get back out on a gig--a light setup from our luthier was all it took to get to top shelf condition and playability.  The high end flatwounds on there when it came in still sound great, too--this is an easy choice, y'all! 


Condition: Used, Excellent

Manufacturer's Description from Other

D’Angelico is the ultimate name in jazz guitar. 

John D’Angelico produced only 1164 archtops and an original D’Angelico instrument has become virtually impossible to obtain. To address the high demand, D’Angelico Guitars of America is proud to present the archtop EXL-1, the flagship model of the Standard Series. The EXL-1 pays tribute to John D’Angelico and captures the classic spirit of its mid-century counterpart with its quality, playability, and style, and is offered at an attractive price point. 

Upon picking up in the EXL-1, the archtop’s exquisite tonal response will be immediately apparent. Smoky comping chords and intricate single-note lines sound with remarkable clarity and balance. The EXL-1’s floating pickup design allows for unobstructed vibration on the guitar’s top producing maximum string resonance and ringing tones. 

Like every D’Angelico guitar, the EXL-1 exudes elegance. Some notable features include the distinctive headstock with a mother-of-pearl Excel inlay and Art Deco truss rod cover. The beauty of the signature stairstep pickguard (with mounted volume and tone controls) and matching tailpiece is enhanced by the mother-of-pearl square block inlays, bookmatched laminated carved maple top and back. Gold Grover Super Rotomatic stairstep tuners and gold-plated hardware round out the EXL-1s classic appointments. A deluxe hardshell case is included. 

Veteran jazz players will immediately notice the extremely comfortable neck shape, and players of other styles will feel equally at home. Whether composing on your living room couch or captivating a concert audience, the EXL-1 is the modern day equivalent to the master builder’s legacy.

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Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

We vigorously test everything we take in to ensure authenticity, functionality, and reliability.  We are supported by one of the most well-respected luthiers in the Southeast, guaranteeing products that come in are thoroughly vetted, and that products that go out our in premium, performance- ready shape.   We are so confident in our ability to provide the highest quality music equipment in the industry, we even invented our “Try Before You Buy” program where we can ship out a product before collecting actual payment. 

Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  


Model: Excel EXL-1 Black

Serial: S160063486

Body Style: Hollowbody

Body Depth: 3"

Body Width: 17"

Color: Black

Shape: Single Cutaway

Top Material: Laminated Spruce

Back Material: Laminated Flame Maple

Side Materal: Laminated Flame Maple

Binding Top: 5-Ply

Bridge: Ebony with Mother of Pearl Dots

Tail & Tailpiece: D'Angelico Stairstep

Pickguard: Tortoise Scalini 5-Ply

Strap Button: Two Gold Locking

Fingerboard: Pau Ferro

Fingerboard Binding: 3-Ply

Fretwire: Medium Jumbo

Scale: 25.5"

Neck Radius: 16"

Position Inlay Top: Mother of Pearl Split-Block

Frets: 22

Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Nut Material: Bone

Neck Pickup: USA Seymour duncan Johnny Smith Floating Mini-Humbucker

Controls: Volume, Tone

Hardware: Gold

Case: Hardshell