Over the past 80 years, D'Angelico Guitars may have moved from a modest shop in Little Italy to a massive showroom in midtown Manhattan, but their brand promise has remained the same - "to produce exceptional guitars that uphold the legacy of John D'Angelico." It was a 2011 art exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring company founder and master luthier John D'Angelico that sparked a renewed desire for the smooth archtop tone that put D'Angelico Guitars on the map in the 30s and 40s. And this newfound momentum hasn't slowed down. D'Angelico's 2016 line-up features both reissues and new semi-hollow designs, each of which is defined by its superior quality and remarkable tone.
Because the instruments speak for themselves, we thought it best to showcase a couple of D'Angelico's best-selling guitars and leave the bulk of the browsing up to you. With a pair of Kent Armstrong humbuckers and semi-hollow maple construction, the D'Angelico EX-DC/SP Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar is a versatile six-string that tackles just about style of music with ease. The heavier body of the EX-DC is balanced by the signature D'Angelico headstock and its standard neck shape and medium jumbo frets give you an extremely comfortable feel that will get you through countless jam sessions and stage performances.
Now, if you want to play a guitar that really pays homage to John D'Angelico's original archtop designs, check out the D'Angelico EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar. Countless jazz musicians consider this stunner their "dream guitar," and for good reason. As beautiful to look at as it is to play, this single-cutaway archtop features a signature D'Angelico stairstep tailpiece along with a floating pickup and hard maple neck. Capturing the true essence of the D'Angelico's of days gone by, this guitar offers the ultimate in playability and style at a price point that's within many working musicians budgets.
With the introduction of D'Angelico's 2016 catalog, it's safe to say their guitars are better than ever. And let's face it - with artists like Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith backing the brand, it's pretty easy to be convinced that any D'Angelico model is worthy of your consideration.