D'Angelico Excel EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar - Iced Tea Burst

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D'Angelico Excel EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar - Iced Tea Burst

Product Description:

The heart and soul of John D'Angelico's original archtop design live on in the Excel EXL-1: a highly decorated hollowbody crooner with a top-of-the-line Duncan mini humbucker to deliver old-school jazzbox tones to modern rockabilly spank. Even unplugged, the Excel EXL-1 packs a dynamic punch that harks back to D'Angelico's earliest designs. Its rich laminated flame maple body gets an extra dose of acoustic character and output via its laminated spruce top. The durable 3-piece maple/walnut set "C" neck plays easily up and down the 22-fret, 16"-radius pau ferro fingerboard, with an ebony wood bridge and bone nut at each end to deliver a mature chordal bloom and clean note definition. Grover Super Rotomatic tuners and a fleet of premium D'Angelico Art Deco appointments — MOP Split Block fingerboard inlays, a bound Scroll fingerboard bevel, and gold Skyscraper/Stairstep — round out this class-leading archtop.

Quality craftsmanship and appointments

The Excel EXL-1 reflects D'Angelico's commitment to quality craftsmanship. From its gold Stairstep tailpiece to its gold Grover tuners, this jazzbox comes well appointed and set up for today's demanding players. Its spruce-on-maple hollowbody construction gives you great acoustic response and sustain, even unplugged, and its stable "C" neck with 16"-radius pau ferro fingerboard accommodate a range of technical playing styles. An ebony bridge and genuine bone nut maximize tone and sustain for chords to solos. Visual embellishments we at Sweetwater particularly enjoy in Excel EXL-1 are the Tortoise Scalini 5-ply pickguard and Split Block MOP inlays, which really communicate, on a tangible level, the quality with which these guitars are built.

Floating Duncan mini humbucker

Golden Age jazz great Johnny Smith is the namesake and inspiration behind the Excel EXL-1's floating mini humbucker. Johnny wanted an archtop with a pickup that could take advantage of the day's powerful guitar amplifiers, but he didn't want to lose his guitar's resonant acoustic qualities. Pickup guru Seth Lover mounted an Epiphone mini humbucker to the end of Smith's fingerboard and wired the controls directly to his pickguard. The result was a smooth, mellow amplified tone that only marginally (if at all) impacted the acoustic tone of the instrument. The custom-wound Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith Mini-Humbucker pays homage to Smith and Lover's original design, incorporating a floating pickguard-mount design for no loss of acoustic sound. Its dulcet voice speaks with authentic old-school jazz authority, delivering a mellow comp for chord work and a spanky attack for pick users and lead players. A low 6.3k DC resistance gives this pickup, and your Excel EXL-1, a mature tone of voice and great dynamic sensitivity into your amp of choice.

D'Angelico: Excellence Embodied

The Premier Atlantic honors the late John D'Angelico's legendary handcrafted instruments, bringing classic appointments and forward-looking designs to the company's New York roots. Today, D'Angelico uses state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and the best materials available to create playable works of art. From a one-off shop in Little Italy to the world stage, D'Angelico's dedication to quality craftsmanship ensures that this brand won't be going dormant any time soon. Discover a love for these archtops that's been shared by the likes of Les Paul Bucky Pizzarelli 

D'Angelico Excel EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:

  • Honors John D'Angelico's original archtop design
  • Laminated spruce on flame maple yields excellent acoustic response
  • 22-fret, 16”-radius pau ferro fingerboard accommodates technical techniques
  • Stable 3-piece maple/walnut/maple neck with comfortable "C" profile
  • Floating Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith Mini-Humbucker speaks with old-school jazz authority
  • Grover Super Rotomatic Stairstep machine heads ensure solid tuning stability
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As soon as you place your order, you will receive a confirmation email. After that, we double-check if all items ordered are in stock and available for immediate shipment. If your order is available for the delivery within the advertised time frame, we will submit it for shipment to the warehouse. If the expected delivery time exceeds the advertised time frame, we'll reach out to you via email and/or phone to confirm the order.

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Within 1 business day from the time the item has been shipped, you will receive an email confirmation with tracking number. If you would not receive tracking information within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us.

Estimated Time of Arrival:

We typically deliver within 2-10 business days. Custom made products are usually delivered within 3-5 weeks. If the expected delivery date for your order would fall outside of the advertised 2-10 business day time frame, our customer service team will reach out to you to confirm if you are OK with that date.

Areas Covered:

All estimated delivery dates and shipping costs advertised on the website apply the the Contiguous United States only. Please contact our customer service team to discuss the time and cost of shipping to Hawaii or Alaska. We don't ship directly to Canada, but we can ship your order to the freight carrier of your choice.


It is very important that you inspect the packaging of your items when they arrive and check if you received all boxes listed on the delivery receipt.If you notice any damage or shortage of packages, you must make note of it on the bill of lading, take pictures, and refuse delivery.Your note should say "refused due to damage". You must also take photos of all sides of the box and send them to us within 2 days. If there are no damages visible before opening the box, you must note "subject to further inspection may contain concealed damage". If you notice any damage after receiving the delivery, do not throw the box away, and contact us with the photos. After we receive information from you about the refused delivery or concealed damage, we immediately initiate a claim with the shipping company or with the manufacturer. After the claim is fully processed, we ship all replacements at absolutely no cost to you.

Cancellations & Refunds:

We can cancel your order at absolutely no cost to you before the shipping label or Bill of Lading has been created, or before production of a custom order has started. Custom made items are not eligible for refunds after production has started. To be eligible for a return, the item must be unused and in the same condition as you received it. It must also remain in the original packaging, and the packaging must be in a perfect condition. We do not charge restocking fees or return shipping fees. All eligible returns are 100% free. Orders delivered outside the United States are not eligible for refunds. If your order arrived damaged, "Damages" section applies. Our refund policy lasts 45 days. If 45 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately, we can’t offer you a refund. Please contact us before returning an item to discuss shipping details. All refunds will be issued to the credit card or PayPal account you used for your purchase within 2 days after all returned items arrived at our warehouse.

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