This D’Angelico Excel Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar was made in New York City in 1937, serial # 1259, has a beautiful Sunburst lacquer finish, a solid flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, a 5 piece flamed maple neck with an ebony fingerboard and the original hard shell case.
This is a beautiful example of an original John D’Angelico Excel. The slightly smaller 17″ Excel was individually built to the same high standard as its big brother, the New Yorker model with all the characteristics D’Angelico instruments were know for.
As a 2 owner guitar it is registered in the D’Angelico ledgers as being originally sold in May of 1937 to a jazz guitarist named Al Di Martino. When Al had passed away it was bought buy the father of the current owner who is selling it here on consignment. This Excel is like all D’Angelicos, was built with the highest-grade materials available. The top is made of fine spruce, bound in 7-ply binding. The f-holes are multi-bound as well as the peghead and neck. The pearl “D’Angelico” inlay and “Excel” on an engraved pearl block underneath are in excellent condition. The large pearl block inlays were once engraved but time and play wear have worn the engraved portion off. There is a good amount of fret wear from over 70 years of playing but the frets appear to be original and the guitar still plays clean. The tailpiece is the stair step engraved, gold-plated trapeze seen on many D’Angelico guitars with the logo written on the crossbar. The bridge is an adjustable ebony bridge with a compensated saddle.
Overall length is 42 in. (106.7 cm.), 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.)
It shows minor signs of playing, but is remarkably clean with no repairs, just some typical finish checking around the neck joint and back of headstock. The back of the guitar has no belt rash which is very unusual! The binding is in excellent shape and the original pick guard is intact. The original Grover Imperial tuners work smoothly and are fully functional with the gold plating worn down in places.
The golden age DeArmond 1100 Rhythm Chief pickup ( which can bring up to 1500.00 on its own! ) works perfectly and sounds amazing! Comes with the original case!