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.
The D'Angelico EX-DC and EX-SS are re designed with much more clarity and chordal note separation due to the multiple small blocks strategically placed in the guitar. These D’As still are highly feedback resistant an have great versatility for all types of music.
These models are gig ready right out of the box to perform in the most demanding large venues and just as enjoyable when playing alone in your living room or studio.
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.
These re-issues are made in the exact likeness of the originals which now sell for many tens of thousands of dollars and affordable only to the wealthy players. D'Angelico has built re-issues at prices that todays musician and amateur and professional guitarists can afford.
Nothing will every be as good as John D'Angelico originals, but these are built extremely well with great fit and finish and playability to give you the feeling of playing one of John's D'Angelico’s masterpieces - the finest build Jazz guitars ever made.
All models are build to D'Angelico specifications in a manner that produces a superior guitar at very affordable prices. These models are available in 16" lower bout models and 17" lower bout models, with floating and routed Humbucker pickups.
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!”