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1942 Excel

Fresh out of the time machine. The 1942 Excel is one of John D'Angelico's most celebrated designs. Dedicated to the most accurate reproduction possible, we put an original 1942 Excel through both MRI and X-Ray scans, precisely measuring every spec. True to D’Angelico’s resplendent archtop tone, the 1942 offers silky chords and a rich low-end that never gets muddy. A non-cutaway 18-inch body made from carped European Flame maple and spruce provides remarkable warmth. Equipped with D'Angelico's proprietary DA-102B floating mini-humbucker designed by ThroBak, pickguard-mounted tone and volume knobs, and a stairstep tailpiece, the 1942 Excel exudes elegance.

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Fresh out of the time machine. The 1942 Excel is one of John D'Angelico's most celebrated designs. Dedicated to the most accurate reproduction possible, we put an original 1942 Excel through both MRI and X-Ray scans, precisely measuring every spec. True to D’Angelico’s resplendent archtop tone, the 1942 offers silky chords and a rich low-end that never gets muddy. A non-cutaway 18-inch body made from carped European Flame maple and spruce provides remarkable warmth. Equipped with D'Angelico's proprietary DA-102B floating mini-humbucker designed by ThroBak, pickguard-mounted tone and volume knobs, and a stairstep tailpiece, the 1942 Excel exudes elegance.

Who's playing the 1942 Excel

Who's playing the 1942 Excel

  • Jonathan Butler
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