Up for sale, a 2017 D’Angelico Deluxe SS Special limited edition guitar in showroom-clean condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and warranty card. A rare and discontinued iteration of the Deluxe SS platform, these Specials were produced with unique finishes in limited quantities. This particular guitar features a satin Matte Emerald finish, stopbar tailpiece, and pair of Seymour Duncan DA-59 proprietary humbuckers.
Tonewoods include a semi-hollow maple body and sound post, and a three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck capped by a bound rosewood fretboard. The SS is the smallest of the D’Angelico semi-hollowbodies, with a 15” lower bout width, offering a natural immediacy and warmth. The DA-59 pickups were wound by Seymour Duncan exclusively for D’Angelico. They’re a bit hotter than a standard SH-1 '59 PAF, metering at 8.8k ohms and delivering rich, harmonically-complex tones with great midrange breadth and sweet, pristine trebles that provide exceptional articulation. This Deluxe is also remarkably versatile thanks to the six-position pickup selector switch, which effectively acts as a global coil tap in three of the six positions and enables snappy single coil sounds. Weighing just 7lbs 4oz, this D’Angelico has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece maple/walnut neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in all registers, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a 16" radius, framed by multi-ply binding and featuring mother-of-pearl block inlay. The stock medium jumbo fretwire is flawless, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 25” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock sports a mother-of-pearl “Deluxe” shield inlay, and the gold Grover Rotomatic locking tuners with Imperial-style stair-stepped buttons turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the Seymour Duncan humbuckers governed by dedicated Volume and Tone controls, capped by carved ebony knobs, as well as the six-position pickup selector switch. The model/serial label is visible through the bass-side F-hole, dating this guitar to 2017 and matching the serial on the headstock. The gold-plated hardware shines like new, including the Tune-o-Matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and pickup covers. The multi-ply bound stair-stepped tortoise pickguard rounds out the cosmetic appointments.
The limited edition custom color Matte Emerald finish is exceedingly well-kept, with barely a scratch on the body, and the satin finish on the neck profile is similarly pristine.
The original D’Angelico-branded hardshell case is included, along with the warranty card.