D’Angelico Premier Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece Transparent Wine

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$700.00

( 9 reviews )


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Description

D’Angelico’s flagship archtop returns in the all-new Premier Series. Crafted from John D’Angelico’s original design, the Premier EXL-1’s balanced, organic tone recalls the sound of a classic New York jazz box. Couple that with signature D’Angelico features in the Stairstep tailpiece, Skyscraper truss rod cover, and iconic headstock, the EXL-1 embodies elegance. Its single floating mini-humbucker highlights its naturally punchy mids and warm acoustic edge. Designed for jazz players worldwide, the Premier EXL-1 is a staple. Includes gig bag.

Features

Body

  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Hollowbody
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Spruce
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed

Neck

  • Neck shape: C
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Truss rod: Dual-action
  • Neck finish: Gloss

Fretboard

  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: Not specified
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Block
  • Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)

Pickups

  • Configuration: H
  • Neck: Mini humbucker
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Not applicable
  • Brand: D’Angelico
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None

Controls

  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: Not applicable
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No

Hardware

  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Compensated rosewood
  • Tailpiece: D’Angelico Stairstep
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Rotomatic Stairstep
  • Color: Chrome

Other

  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body shape
  • Case: Gig bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Indonesia

9 reviews for D’Angelico Premier Series EXL-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Stairstep Tailpiece Transparent Wine

  1. Chris

    Guitar is good quality, plays well, and looks great. It was a great deal on the “Stupid Deal of the Day,” and for that price I would recommend. However, it is not ready to play out of the box. The closeouts are likely models from the previous year. As such, they have likely sat in a warehouse for a long time. When the guitar arrived, there were sharp fret ends, which is likely the result of low humidity conditions in storage (causes fingerboard shrink). Some improvement occurred over a few days out of the box. Guitar needed fingerboard oil, slight truss rod tweaking, and action lowered. Still will likely need fret ends rounded off a little. If you are handy with performing some guitar maintenance such as this, the guitar is fantastic. After a good setup and putting on a new set of flatwounds, this thing plays like a dream.

  2. Garland

    This guitar plays and feels great. It has a great natural tone to it that sounds rich either acoustically or when plugged in. The setup was pretty spot on when I got it– the neck shape is great too. Overall, no complaints, a wonderful instrument indeed.

  3. Mikjams

    I got this at a very nice price as an open box, so I took a chance. I’ve been playing a long time (various rock styles, blues, funk) and I have a fairly large collection of guitars, but I’ve never owned a proper jazz box type of guitar. Although I love jazz, and I sometimes like to pretend to play it, I quickly realized that this guitar is just not my style. The guitar seems to be well generally well made, and looks good; I got the black one. It was very playable out the box. The neck is comfortable, and plays nicely – no sharp frets, no fret buzz, and it comes with a great, padded gig bag

  4. Steve

    This guitar plays and feels great. It has a great natural tone to it that sounds rich either acoustically or when plugged in. The setup was pretty spot on when I got it– the neck shape is great too. Overall, no complaints, a wonderful instrument indeed.

  5. Bill Deacon

    I’ve wanted one fo these for a while but couldn’t justify the $1400 price tag.I own a ’58 Gretch, a G&L American Bluesboy, Martin, Takameni and Taylor acoustics as well as multiple Fender basses. I took the D’Angelico to my jazz gig and immediately got positive responses from the band and crowd for style and sound. Quickly becoming my go to instrument

  6. Pespada

    The D’Angelico Premier EXL-1 is a real working musician’s guitar. Not the most adorned, but very functional and a beautiful player. It was fine out of the box, but I thought the strings that came on it were squeaky and noisy, so I changed them out for D’Addario Chrome Flatwounds. While I changed the strings, I did a little work on the frets, filing down a few burrs and polishing the edges. I adjusted the string height at the bridge slightly down and checked the intonation (it was OK). I also filed down the rather sharp edges of the nut. Just a little extra finishing to make it a more comfortable play. The EXL-1 has an amazing sound either acoustic or amplified—that single humbucker works very well, but I’m still exploring this guitar’s overall sound potential. If you are interested in playing in the jazz style, this is highly recommended for getting started.

  7. Beu

    Great guitar, has the playability and feel of the excel EXL-1 but at a more affordable price. I’ve been using it at my local tuesday night jazz gig and it’s sounding great. Surprisingly holds its tone, even if I crank my amp up.

  8. Ron

    Like all D’angelicos, the craftsmanship is excellent. The acoustic sound is what you’d expect from a plywood axe. It plays well and amplifies well, and is certainly worth the price I paid.

  9. Hausmann

    I was initially looking for a deal on an Epi 175 Premium, but when this showed up as a SDOTD, I decided to take a chance. Out of the box, it’s impressive. Nice finish, hardware and parts feel like good quality, and it included a decent padded gig bag. The bridge was set high, but when I replaced the strings with flatwounds, I adjusted it more to my liking. It plays fantastic. I plugged it in and with tone rolled back to around 2-3, it’ll give you an excellent jazz tone. I found my low E string to be too boomy, but I’m sure that has more to do with my strings than the pickup, which otherwise, sounds perfect.

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