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1942 Excel

Where to buy
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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1942 Excel

Where to buy
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.
Continuing the Legacy
We all love original D’Angelicos—that’s why the Master Builder series is dedicated to making guitars just as John D’Angelico used to. One at a time, entirely custom.
New York Originals
Returning to New York for the first time in over forty years, D’Angelico Master-Builders are a celebration of the greatest city on Earth and feature many of John D'Angelico's original designs.
Handmade in NYC
Handcrafted magic from our hands to yours. All D'Angelico Master-Builders are hand-made by our Head Luthier in New York City.
Multi-Ply Binding
With each Master-Builder uniquely designed and built by hand, there’s exceptional quality in every inch, with up to 13-ply binding.

1942 Excel Specs

  • Body Style
    Hollow
  • Body Shape
    Non-Cutaway, Archtop
  • Body Depth
    3.125"
  • Body Width
    17.5"
  • Top Material
    European Spruce
  • Back Material
    European Flame Maple
  • Side Material
    European Maple
  • Pickup
    ThroBak DA-102B
  • Scale
    24.625"
  • Binding
    Multi-bound in Vintage Celluloid
  • Pickguard
    Bound Signature Stair Step in Vintage Tortoise Celluloid
  • Bridge
    Archtop Ebony
  • Hardware Color
    Gold
  • Controls
    1 Volume / 1 Tone
  • Tailpiece
    D'Angelico Stairstep
  • Tuners
    Grover Super Rotomatic
  • Neck Material
    2-piece Flame Maple
  • Fretboard Material
    Ebony
  • Inlay
    Mother of Pearl
  • Output Jack
    Side Mount Switchcraft
  • Case
    Deluxe Hard Case