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D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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With a pure jazz sound that can only come from its laminated flamed maple construction, the EX-SS will satisfy all the needs of the seasoned guitar player. Being nothing short of perfection from top t... Click To Read More About This Product

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With a pure jazz sound that can only come from its laminated flamed maple construction, the EX-SS will satisfy all the needs of the seasoned guitar player. Being nothing short of perfection from top to bottom, the EX-SS model ensures that the D'Angelico brand is back with no signs of slowing down. Includes case.

Features
  • Single cutaway shape
  • Semi-Hollowbody
  • Laminated flamed maple top
  • Laminated flamed maple back
  • 15'' size
  • 2 Kent Armstrong Humbuckers
  • 2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
  • 5-ply binding
  • Stairstep pickguard
  • Gold tune-o-matic bridge
  • D'Angelico Stairstep tailpiece
  • Gold-plated hardware (or black hardware in grey black finish)
  • Grover Super Rotomatic tuning machines
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Neck: Hard Maple 2-pcs. walnut center
  • 25" scale
  • Mother-of-pearl inlay
  • Switch Craft USA input jack
  • Includes deluxe hardshell case
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D'AngelicoEX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A very nice guitar for recording

Really I'd give this guitar a 4.5.

I've owned one of these for a year. I mainly use it to record and write songs on. The workmanship is flawless. As...Read complete review

Really I'd give this guitar a 4.5.

I've owned one of these for a year. I mainly use it to record and write songs on. The workmanship is flawless. As with a good archtop, every note and position will sound with equal volume with equal picking strength. It is extremely expressive for lead work compared to all my first name solid bodied guitars.

Positives:

The look was breathtaking. But then, I love archtop guitars. The action is very low. Frets nice. Tuners great. Inlay work is well appointed. There is even inlay on the back of the headstock. It is on the edge of gaudy. The guitar pickups sound full, yet clean. If strummed with reasonable force (more on this later), they pickups are warm with distortion. The guitar is a fine jazz box and would really deliver some nice old style country lead guitar. Blues too.

Soundwise, this is not a guitar for everyone. Mr. D'Angelico built guitars for jazz and some country (Old Country) guitarists, not for thrash metal, hard rock, etc. Interestingly, light touch shredding seems to come across well. Effects pedals respond well to the signal from the guitar. Overall playing this guitar is more a coaxing of great sounds. Banging or slamming will not deliver much.

While the guitar is a high quality build, it isn't heavy duty compared to a good Les Paul, or Heritage, or Stratacaster. And it wasn't perfect. Very nice, but not there are some negatives:

I don't think the guitar will take a lot of abuse, either cosmetically, or physically.

The guitar came setup well action wise, but my first impression was the pickups were set close to the strings as my heavy picking would overdrive the pickups, but not in a good musical way. I lowered the pickups a few twists and that took care of it, but doing it robbed a good bit of the expression from the guitar. Then I realized that many jazz guitarists pick with their fingers like Wes Montgomery did. So then I put the pickups back up where they were, and adjusted my playing to a lighter touch, and all is well. If I want to go crazy on something, I will use one of my solid body guitars.

This might be a positive or a negative. The neck is not as wide and the strings are closer together than most Gibsons, Heritages, or most guitars. Not a problem once one adjusts a bit. Original D'Angelico guitars were known to have slimmer fretboards so there is a touch of lineage with this trait.

Despite being a thinline hollowbody with tone blocks, the guitar will feed back much more easily than the semi-hollowbody and solid body guitars I own. I do have fat hollow bodies that feed back more easily than the D'Angelico. Feeding back can be good or bad depending upon what you are doing with the guitar.

The last negative was that occasionally the tailpiece would "clack" onto the body of the guitar. Back in D'Angelico's day, guitarists didn't jump and dance around the stage. Tailpieces were anchored to the base of the guitar and slung forward loose toward the bridge. This guitar's tailpiece is like that. The "clack" sound was surprising and disturbing the first time it happened. I cured it with a 10 cent felt spacer from the hardware store. The unanchored tailpiece could pose a problem with players jumping around.

All in all, for the money this is a wonderful guitar. It has been very handy for recording many types of music. With it's expressiveness, it has delivered everything asked of it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A D'Angelico with a "25' " neck !?... Too large for me ! ;)

The dimension neck hurts me on the EX-SS (I believe : called "the smallest D'Angelico) !...

The dimension neck hurts me on the EX-SS (I believe : called "the smallest D'Angelico) !...

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5.0

Are you serious.

By Chico

from Clovis Ca.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jazz

    Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    Out of the box it was a joy to unpack. It was inside a box within a box. It was very protected. I opened the case. The guitar was beautiful. Pristine. No faults. Action was great. Plugged it in to my fender 150 acoustic
    amp. Sounded great. Played Apache by the Shadows. Sounded very good. Played the standard Misty. The jazz sound of this guitar is excellent. (I bought it because I wanted a good jazz tone guitar. It surpassed my expectations.) I played it through my Fender Delux tube amp. Wow! Words cannot describe my joy. I swear I was not paid for tis review. I just love this guitar

     
    5.0

    ROCKSTAR GUITAR

    By Joseph

    from Wyoming

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      this guitar has won my heart! has a great feel, sounds even better and is so fun to play!!!!

       
      5.0

      my new favorite guitar

      By steve

      from Nashville

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        couldn't be happier with this purchase. the guitar is one of the most beautiful I've seen and the details in the binding are exceptional. the headstock is wow!. its light weight and the tone is exceptional. can really do allot with this guitar.

         
        5.0

        great product, perfect right out of the box

        By ryan

        from virginia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          Light weight. Great all around guitar. couldn't be happier with this purchase, this is my first review online of ay product.

           
          5.0

          Amazing Guitar

          By Brian

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Performing

            Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            Beautiful guitar that plays amazingly and has a sweet, warm tone. You can't go wrong with the D'Angelico EX-SS!

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Excellent but concerns about assembly

            By Rob

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              I bought this guitar because I wanted a quality smaller full hollow body for a reasonable price. I have a Gibson LP with 50s neck being my comparison guitar for feel, have never played acoustic, and have an Epiphone 339 semi-hollow.

              I am calling this a full hollow body because of its violin type construction, and use of a single small block (t-block) used to support the bridge. I am not reviewing the electronics because I did not buy it for that.

              I have had the guitar for nearly a month now and is quickly becoming my do-it-all guitar. It has taken some getting used to as the neck dimensions, scale, and body size require a different style. It also took a little tweaking.

              What it does well:
              - The detail and finish of this guitar is its strongest selling point. The price is a little hard to stomach for an import guitar, but the finish and detail work is amazing.
              - The sound unplugged is deep and rich comparable to any smaller size full hollow body. That is what drew me to it. I played about 20 hollow and semi-hollow in a quiet room at several GCs before I made this decision. Its sound was clearly what I wanted and far different than any others I played.
              - I have the trans black with black hardware or whatever it is called. I love the color

              My biggest complaints may be my inexperience with construction, but some I feel are valid:
              - The tail piece was not attached inline which caused problems visually and keeping tune. I removed it and shimmed one side of it. Big negative but an easy fix.
              - The neck is not mounted flat with the body, which transfers to the bridge NOT needing to be higher at low E. Normal for Dangelico?
              - The nut is not set evenly (cut) in the head. The string spacing is also noticeably off. I will have the nut replaced.
              - The only reason I spent this much was because I got 20% GC bucks with it. I think that is a more realistic price.
              - Loose internal stick-on wire loom causes buzzing

              I still love the guitar and will have any issues fixed.

              (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              A D'Angelico with a "25' " neck !?... Too large for me ! ;)

              By furteuron14

              from Toulouse, France

              About Me Experienced

              Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              The dimension neck hurts me on the EX-SS (I believe : called "the smallest D'Angelico) !...

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I am glad that I purchased EX-SS

              By telejazz

              from Glenwood , Il

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                I should have said D'angelico use to make the best strings in the world. I know they don't produce strings anymore because they sold the company. The new owners are keeping the tradition of producing some of the best guitars ever. I've had my Ex-SS for 2 years now and love it.

                (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

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                By Paul

                from Worcester Ma.

                Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                This guitar is absolutly beautiful in every way. Finish and inlays are flawless with beautilul tuners and tail piece. If you are looking for guitar with that classic jazz sound and thinner body it is perfect. Also suitable for blues and some light rock. I have only owned this guitar for a month so i cannot say how well it will hold up over the years. Personally i will be handling with care and do not forsee any potential issues. Adding some flat wound strings did deepend the jazz tone though it lost some on the blues sounds. Overall this is a great guitar for the price and i highly reccomend it.

                (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful Instrument

                By rreactive

                from Fremont, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • No Negatives At This Time

                Best Uses

                  Comments about D'Angelico EX-SS Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  This is a beautiful guitar, built well and just wonderful to look at. Tone is very satisfactory and great for jazz and blues through a clean channel. I use it mainly for amateur recording. I have no opinion as to road worthiness but the attention to detail is awesome. Playability is great with low action and no buzzes anywhere up or down the neck. Going to restring with flatwound strings so should warm up the tone even more. For the price, this is definitely a guitar worth having and playing for years to come.

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