Excel EXL-1 Throwback

$1,999.99

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SKU#: DAEEXL1TBVIOGT

A Throwback Spin on Our Flagship Archtop

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.

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Features
Features
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Classic Design

True to John D’Angelico’s original archtop design in every detail, the Excel EXL-1 Throwback is a 17-inch-wide, 3-inch-deep archtop strapped with only a single floating mini-humbucker.

Traditional Sound

Paired with wide open archtop body design, a Seymour Duncan USA Custom Shop Johnny Smith Floating Mini-Humbucker gives the Excel EXL-1 its legendary warm acoustic tone.

Vintage Details

Matching the new Throwback Collection scroll-style headstock, a satin-finished macassar ebony pickguard adds comfort, style, and old-school swag.

Throwback Scroll-style headstock

Designed by John D’Angelico in the 1940s, the new Throwback Scroll-style headstock design offers a more minimalistic, contemporary take on the opulent D’Angelico headstock design.

Excel EXL-1 Throwback Viola

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MODEL

Specific Model
Excel EXL-1 Throwback, Viola
SKU
DAEEXL1TBVIOGT

HARDWARE

Hardware Color
Gold

HEADSTOCK

Headstock Shape
Scroll-Style Throwback
Logo Inlay
Mother of Pearl D'Angelico New York Logo
Series Inlay (Front)
Mother of Pearl Throwback Excel Series Shield
Serial Number (Back)
Model Name, Serial Number
Binding
7-ply
Finish
Gloss
Headpin
N/A
Tuners
Grover Super Rotomatic
Strings
D'Angelico Electrozinc Jazz 12's (12-52)
Truss Rod Cover
Aluminum Skyscraper
Nut Width
1 11/16”
Nut Material
Bone

FINGERBOARD

Material
Ebony
Binding
3-ply
Fretwire
Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver
Scale Length
25.5”
Radius
16"
Top Inlay
Mother of Pearl Full Fret Block
Side Marker
Yes
Fret Number
22 (Scroll-Style Bevel)

NECK

Material
3 piece
Finish
Gloss
Profile
C-Shape
Joint Type
Set-Thru
Thickness
1F: 20mm, 12F: 22mm
Truss Rod
Dual Action

BODY

Body Shape
Single Cutaway
Body Style
Hollowbody
Body Depth
3"
Body Width
17"
Color
Viola
Finish
Gloss
Top Material
Laminated Spruce
Back Material
Laminated Flame Maple
Side Material
Laminated Flame Maple
Binding
5-ply body, 2-ply Throwback F-hole
Bridge
Floating Ebony
Tailpiece
D’Angelico Stairstep
Pickguard
Satin Ebony Macassar, Throwback Flag
Back Plate
N/A
Pickup Selector
N/A
Knobs
2 Mini-Hexagon
Strap Buttons
Gold, Locking

ELECTRONICS

Overview
1 Floating Mini-Humbucker / 1 volume / 1 tone
Pickup (Neck)
USA Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith Floating Mini-Humbucker
Pickup (Middle)
N/A
Pickup (Bridge)
N/A
Pots
500k
Output Jack
Standard mono

GENERAL

Case
Deluxe Hardshell

Excel EXL-1 Throwback Demo with Rodney Jones

Acclaimed guitar virtuoso and professor of Jazz Guitar Studies at The Juilliard School Rodney Jones walks us through the all new EXL-1 Throwback model. Mic - SM57 (amp) SM57 (close mic) Amp - Fender Deluxe Reverb

Marcus King x Excel EXL-1 Throwback | Artist Sessions

Southern rock guitarist Marcus King discusses his love for the archtop guitar, and plays his new song 'Wildflowers & Wine' on the new Excel EXL-1 Throwback.

Marcus King

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