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05/24/2018

Guitar Player Review: D'Angelico Premier Koa Bowery, Premier Tammany, and Premier Niagra

The revived D’Angelico brand has come back like gangbusters since the introduction of its Asian-made archtop lineup in the early 2010s. Now the rapidly expanding range has been augmented by an impressive new selection of acoustics, three of which we dig into this issue. All in all, this trio of new offerings reveals a company that knows what it’s after, and is delivering great value and competitive performance at every price point.

PREMIER KOA BOWERY

Decked out in D’Angelico’s flagship Bowery single-cutaway dreadnought shape, the Premier Koa Bowery adds the beauty and complexity of a solid-koa top to the market’s most popular flat-top body style. The rippling grain of the koa in this one packs a lot of visual appeal, as does its nicely figured laminated-koa back and sides—all of which glow beneath a thin high-gloss finish. An abalone soundhole rosette and multiply binding add to the elegance quotient, as do pearloid blocks in the ovangkol fretboard and the traditional D’Angelico headstock bling, including a mirrored stairstep trussrod cover, pearl inlays, and house-brand Imperial-style tuners. One feature you don’t see, but which is just as important, is D’Angelico’s newly redesigned X-bracing, a proprietary top-bracing technique aimed toward a lively and powerful response.

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