NEW YORK—January 2020—At the 2020 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, D’Angelico Guitars will debut its first new archtop offerings since 2017: The Excel EXL-1 Throwback and the Excel Style B Throwback.
Incorporating details and design elements from John D’Angelico’s original archtops as they became more ornate throughout the 1940s, both the single-cutaway EXL-1 Throwback and non-cutaway Style B Throwback feature the new 7-ply scroll-style headstock design, macassar ebony headstock plate, ebony fingerboard, throwback f-holes, satin ebony pickguards, and two new finishes—Vintage Natural and Viola.
EXCEL EXL-1 THROWBACK
A vintage spin on our flagship model, the Excel EXL-1 Throwback embodies the legacy of fine archtops. A 17-inch-wide, 3-inch-deep body emanates warm, woody archtop tone propelled by a single floating Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith mini-humbucker. And visually—it’s hard to look away. Old-school full-fret mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays on an ebony fingerboard lead to a scroll-style headstock designed by John D’Angelico in the 30s, while a satin ebony pickguard meets a spruce top featuring multi-bound Throwback f-holes. Available in Vintage Natural and Viola. $1999 MAP.
EXCEL STYLE B THROWBACK
Back by popular demand and reimagined for the first time since its debut, the Excel Style B Throwback is a slimmed down non-cutaway archtop and time machine to the Jazz Age. 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. Old-school details and Throwback Collection appointments—including the scroll-style headstock designed by John D’Angelico in the 30s—make the Style B a visual stunner. Available in Vintage Natural and Viola. $1999 MAP.