Up for sale, a 2015 D'Angelico Excel EX-SS in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, upgraded with a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers and complete with the original hardshell case.
The Excel EX-SS has a single cutaway semi-hollow thinline body with a 15" wide lower bout, boasting bookmatched, heavily figured flamed maple construction. A maple neck and ebony fingerboard round out the tonewoods, and this D'Angelico delivers a bright, smooth natural acoustic tone. These qualities translate well through the upgraded USA-made Seymour Duncan pickup pair, and the neck pickup is an SH-2 Jazz, renowned for its clear, detailed sound. The bridge pickup is the SH-4 JB, Duncan's original hot-rod humbucker with powerful lows, crisp and detailed highs, and an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords and translates to a singing, vocal-like quality when playing melodic lines or solos. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The ebony fretboard features multi-ply binding and pearl block inlays, with near-immaculate medium jumbo frets which show only a touch of wear beneath the B string from frets 5-7. The scale length is 25", and the guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. Measuring 1 11/16", the nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal sustain and note clarity. There is an ebony overlay on the headstock, complete with inlaid mother-of-pearl shield logo. This guitar has also been upgraded with Grover Rotomatic tuners, which turn smoothly and hold excellent pitch.
The electronics all function as intended, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup coupled to a three-way pickup selector switch. The wiring harness has been upgraded with CTS pots, along with the USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers. The gold hardware has a light dusting of patina and the guitar features some signature Art Deco touches including the stair-stepped tailpiece and a bound tortoise pickguard. Additionally, the knobs have been substituted for a set of black bonnet knobs.
Cosmetically, the gloss finish is near-flawless, highlighting the tiger flame figuring which extends liberally across the top, back and rims. The gloss finish on the neck profiel is equally pristine.
The original D'Angelico-branded hardshell case is included.