John D’Angelico 1956 EXCEL Cutaway Vintage Blonde Archtop Guitar


D’Angelico Guitars

Guitar Type

Archtop Acoustic, Archtop Electric, Archtop Hollow Body

Lower Bout Width


Body Depth


Nut Width


Fingerboard Scale


Pickup Type


Wood Composition

Carved Solid


Maple, Spruce







$38,500 $28,500

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SKU: John D"ANGELICO-Excel 1956 cutaway Vintage Archtop. Categories: , .

The D’Angelico full size hollow bodies were originated by the great and only John D’Angelico. Their design is unique and timeless. Instantly you know it is a D’Angelico. To find a \n Excel cutaway that sings is very difficult, especially at this price.

Product Description

The D’Angelico full size hollow bodies were originated by the great and only John D’Angelico. Their design is unique and timeless. Instantly you know it is a D’Angelico. It cannot be mistaken for any other guitar with its stair step tailpiece, and unique headstock design including the center finial.

Nothing will every be as good as John D’Angelico originals, or playing one of John’s D’Angelico´s masterpieces – the finest build Jazz guitars ever made.

1956 D’Angelico Blonde Excel Cutaway- THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!
A Magnificent sounding D’Angelico Cutaway mad in 1956.  This  archtop is all original including the finish but there are many  cosmetic  lacquer checks on the top sides and back. There is  center seam shrinkage that has been professionally filled and repaired. The neck is to die for. Great profile and medium fullness and fast as glass. This neck was so perfect that we copied the exact profile on many Palens. Original BJB floating pickup.  D’Angelico stairstep tailpiece.17 1/4” wide. These guitars were selling as high as $60,000 in their heyday. Just reduced to 1/2 that price. Don’t let this one get away!
Make an appointment to visit our new Showroom in Summit, NJ. We are only 30 minutes from Manhattan by car; 2 blocks from the Summit train station – 35 minutes from NYC on the midtown direct!

EXL-1 Specifications

  • BODY
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Back: Laminated Flame Maple
  • Side:
  • Lower Bout Width: 17″
  • Body Depth at Sides: 3″
  • Interior Structure: Parallel Braces
  • Sound Holes: Bound f Holes
  • Binding: Multi-ply Ivory/Black and Tortise Shell
  • NECK
  • Neck/Body: Joint 14th Fret
  • Neck Wood: 2 Piece Maple with Center Stripe
  • Nut: 1 11/16″ Bone
  • Fingerboardd Wood: Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.5″
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12″
  • Neck Shape: D Shape
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Truss Rod: 2-Way
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Solid Abalone Blocks
  • Peghead Motif: D’Angelico Logo with Excel Emblem
  • Hardware Plating: Gold
  • Tailpiece: D’Angelico Trapeze
  • Bridge: Wooden Base and Saddle
  • Pickups: Kent Armstrong Johnny Smith Style Floating Pickup
  • Electronics Configuration: Volume and Tone Controls on Pickguard
  • Pickguard: Bound Plastic Tortoise Shell
  • Volume and Tone Knobs: Black Plastic
  • Truss Rod Cap: Aluminum Stairstep
  • Tuning Machines: Grover Super Rotomatic
  • Natural, Tobacco Burst.
  • *NOTE
  • Case is included with your purchase!

About D’Angelico

Dangelico Logo

Today´s D´Angelico Guitar is born to perform. We work hard to maintain the exquisite craftsmanship and imaginative techniques learned in the Kenmare Street shop, using only top quality woods and components for each and every one of our models.

We´ve stretched the boundaries of creativity and innovation with bold methods of design and construction: Archtops, Semi-Hollows, Solid-bodies, Flat tops, and Custom-Made. Each D´Angelico is said to have a soul, a personality and a voice.

We are a company owned and managed by musicians, for musicians.

Master luthier John D´Angelico is universally regarded as the finest archtop guitar builder that ever lived. In his Kenmare Street workshop, on New York City´s Lower East Side, he created the first of what would become the standard to which all other guitars would be compared. D´Angelico adapted techniques that had been used for centuries, and then improved these delicate manual processes in order to build the modern instruments demanded by his musician clients. These guitarists often requested special size and structural variations, in the body depth or scale of the neck for example, and that additional features and stylish embellishments are incorporated in the finished design. The marvelous reputation of “D´Angelico-built” guitars quickly spread throughout the musical community, and soon John D´Angelico´s small New York workshop was attracting professional musicians from all over the United States.

During 32 years of production and innovation, the D´Angelico Workshop built 1,164 guitars of exceptional beauty, precision and performance. Although these superb hand-crafted instruments originally sold for prices similar to those of factory-built models, today they are highly collectible, worth many thousands of dollars, and are regularly included in museum and gallery shows as the guitar representative of the high art and design of the Art Deco style.

John D´Angelico was a native New Yorker, and his foremost guitar designs included features in the geometric Art Deco style that was enormously popular in New York at the time, and was widely used for architectural and industrial applications. The signature ziggurat inlay, which appeared on the first New Yorker model headstock, became D´Angelico´s iconic trademark. This “stair-step” motif is actually an Art Deco rendering of the famous New Yorker Hotel. D´Angelico named another of his early models, the Excel, from the New York State slogan, “Excelsior!”

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