NAMM 2020: D’Angelico has debuted the new Excel Series Throwback Collection, featuring details and design elements hailing from the 30s. Two instruments make up the series: the Excel EXL-1 Throwback and the Excel Style B Throwback.
The Excel EXL-1 Throwback puts a vintage spin on D’Angelico’s flagship model by incorporating a scroll-style headstock designed by John D’Angelico in the 30s. The 17-inch-wide archtop also comes loaded with a floating Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith mini-humbucker and mother-of-pearl inlays set into a full-fret ebony fingerboard. Finally, a set of multi-bound f-holes cap off the EXL-1 Throwback’s retro stylings.
Watch the demo video of the Excel EXL-1 Throwback below:
D’Angelico has also revived the Excel Style B Throwback by popular demand and has given it some updates along the way. A slim-C neck profile, shallow upper bout depth, and 25-inch scale length make the Style B Throwback a notably comfortable archtop while still maintaining robust acoustic tone. The guitar also features the standard appointments of the Throwback Collection, including the scroll-style headstock.
Watch the demo video of the Excel Style B Throwback below:
We recently reviewed the D’Angelico Excel SS and were immediately impressed by the fit, finish and sound of the Korean-made instrument. If this is any indication of the quality of instruments that the New York-based manufacturer is bent on putting out, then there will be a ton of value to expect with this new Throwback Collection.
The D’Angelico Excel EXL-1 Throwback and Excel Style B Throwback will be available from 16 January at $1,999.99 (list) each. For more information, click here.