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 D'Angelico New Yorker 16"

Acquired by the Angels

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Notes: From his tiny workshop on Kenmare Street in New York City, John D'Angelico became the most famous archtop guitar builder in the history. His peerless craftsmanship and striking art deco designs set a standard for the hand built instrument that has lasted to this day. Until recently, only few players could dream of owning one of these legendary guitars, as collector demand pushed prices into orbit. The D'Angelico Company reissued some of the most popular models with painstaking attention to detail. From the engraved stairstep tailpiece to the art deco pickguard and the Chrysler Building truss rod cover, these meticulously crafted instruments recapture the flair and elegance of the past.
Behind the traditional looks, this New Yorker 16" utilized 21st century technology to produce an instrument that satisfies the most exacting demands of contemporary players. The New Yorker has become one of the most wanted archtops and is used by top pros like Phil Upchurch, Russell Malone, Jerry Hahn, Grant Green Jr. and many more.

Materials: 16" wide and 3" deep body with handcarved, German solid Spruce top, three-piece figured Maple neck, highly flamed solid Maple back and sides, straight-end Ebony fretboard, nut width 1 11/16", scale lenghth 25.0" and 14/20 frets, pure mother-of-pearl inlays, 7-ply ivoroid body binding on top, triple bound back, headstock, fingerboard and f-holes, polished bone nut, solid Ebony bridge and base plate with rectangular pearl inlays.

Hardware: Gold plated Kent Armstrong humbucker, solid Ebony bridge with compensated saddle, volume & tone controls pickguard mounted, gold-plated D'Angelico stairstep tailpiece, gold-plated Grover Imperial tuners, stairstep truss rod cover.

Facts: Hand-made in Nagoya, Japan in 2006 (no Vestax!). This beauty shows lots of medullary rays over the fine-grained, solid Spruce top which is tone bar braced for maximum projection. The neck extension of the three-piece Maple neck is going all the way through to support the tone transmission of the higher register. In other words the neck extension is not attached seperately which would have been easier. Quality that reveals in small details...

Condition: The guitar is still new, it has always been kept in its case and, it has barely seen daylight. There is absolutely no wear on the natural finish nor on the frets.

Playability: The medium jumbo frets are tall and smoothly crowned for easy fingering and playing her feels really sleek, just like a glove. The neck profile is a nice and comfortable C.

Tone: The tone is absolutely balanced and exquisite with just the right amount of highs and lows throughout the entire fretboard.

Case: Original D'Angelico Deluxe case with faux alligator leather and six latches.

Setup: This instrument is strung with flat wound strings (.012-.054).

To Summarize: Through these meticulously built instruments the spirit and beauty of the legendary originals live on and one is attempted to assume that they are indeed acquired by the angels as per their relation in the name. And they do not only look great. These guitars are first rate working instruments and have become instant collectibles now as well and are, in deed, a very rare find.

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