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Homage to master-builder John D’Angelico’s original archtop design, the EXL-1 is a legendary instrument. Its floating pickup design produces vibrant resonance, easily handling both rich, smoky comp chords and intricate lead lines. The EXL-1 exudes elegance, with a laminated spruce top, maple back, and signature stairstep tailpiece, pickguard and tuners. Capturing the spirit of its mid-century counterpart, it is unmatched in quality, playability and style, all offered at an attractive price. The EXL-1 humbly accepts the title given to it by so many jazz players: their “dream guitar.”

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The EXL-1 is a 17″ archtop measuring a comfortable 3″ deep with a 25.5″ scale. Laminated spruce tops the soundboard’s grand arch while highly flamed laminated maple decorates the back and sides. These timbers are affordable choices that also happen to be ideal for a warm, balanced electric response. Remember, John D’Angelico marketed the laminated G-7 model specifically for electric use. (The upscale D’Angelico Masterbuilt line offers solid timbers all around, at significantly higher cost.)

The EXL-1’s bridge and fingerboard are rosewood, and the floating humbucking pickup is wired through tone and volume controls mounted closely together on the beveled tortoise pickguard. The quality of workmanship is preternaturally flawless, more so than even many classic-era models.

The designers have coaxed an impressive acoustic response from the laminate top, which features parallel braces. With a set of .012-.054″ nickel roundwounds, a stiff pick produced gratifying volume for acoustic chord and single-note work. The sound is warm but defined.

BODY SHAPE Single cutaway
BODY 3" Hollow
TOP MATERIAL Laminated Spruce
BACK MATERIAL Laminated Flamed Maple
SIZE 17 1/2" w 3" depth
PICKUP Floating Humbucker
BINDING 7 ply
PICKGUARD Stairstep
BRIDGE Satin Stain Rosewood
TAIL PIECE D'Angelico Stairstep
CONTROLS 1 volume / 1 tone
HARDWARE COLOR Gold plated
MACHINE HEAD Grover Super Rotomatic
NUT 1 11/16"
NECK MATERIAL Hard maple 2 pcs walnut center
SCALE 25.5 "
INLAY Mother of Pearl
FINISHES Natural, Vintage Sunburst