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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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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.

• BODY SHAPE: Single cutaway
• BODY: 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
• FINISH: Vintage Sunburst
• INPUT JACK: Switch Craft USA
• CASE: Deluxe hard case