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2001 D'Angelico New Yorker NYL-2 Lefty

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Serial #: 001080901, label signed by master luthier Hidesato Shiino

Body size at lower bout: 17" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11 1/6"

Materials: Solid bookmatched X-braced spruce top; solid maple neck; arched flame maple back and sides; solid ebony fingerboard with pearl slashed-block inlays; seven ply top binding; three ply binding; triple bound back, headstock, fingerboard and f-holes.

Hardware: All original gold hardware including inlaid adjustable compensated ebony bridge; Macassar stairstep tailpiece; quintuple bound tortoise art deco pickguard; Grover Super Rotomatic sealed back tuners with Imperial keys; floating Johnny Smith style adjustable humbucking pickup with volume and tone controls mounted to pickguard.

Notes: No, you're not seeing things. It really is a left handed D'Angelico New Yorker.

From his tiny storefront workshop on Kenmare Street in New York City, John D'Angelico became the most famous archtop guitar builder in the history of the instrument. His peerless craftsmanship and striking art deco designs set a standard for the hand built instrument that has lasted to this day. For decades however, few players could dream of owning one of these legendary guitars, as collector demand pushed prices into orbit. Under license from the D'Angelico family, some of the most popular models were reissued with painstaking attention to detail. From the engraved stairstep tailpiece to the art deco pickguard to the Chrysler Building truss rod cover, these meticulously crafted instruments recapture the flair and elegance of the streamline era.

With its full complement of pro features the NYL-2 became one of the most wildly successful archtops of recent years, used by top pros like Phil Upchurch, Russell Malone, Duke Robillard, Jerry Hahn, Grant Green Jr. and many more. This handsome example is an original Vestax built model, signed by master luthier Hidesato Shiino of the Terada workshop near Nagoya, Japan. A very rare left handed version, it's the only lefty DA reissue we've seen to date. The solid spruce top is X-braced for warm, woody tone with superior feedback resistance, and the gentle C neck profile is finely balanced for ease of play with effortless action.

The guitar is in 100% original condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. The voice is smooth and elegant, with the 17" X-braced solid spruce soundboard, and the bookmatched deeply flamed tiger maple body. The Kent Armstrong Johnny Smith humbucking pickup is rich and accurate, the medium jumbo frets are tall and smoothly crowned for easy fingering, and the double acting truss rod allows for feeler gauge adjustment for accurate neck relief, with smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup. A special plus is the solid Macassar ebony stairstep tailpiece, a feature unique to the scarce left handed models. Amazingly, these guitars are even supplied with original left handed cases: who in the world does that?

Now sadly out of production, these guitars are vanishingly few on the vintage market, and have become highly sought after by lefty players worldwide. One only: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel wound strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 1/16" to 3/32" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original left handed brown faux alligator deluxe arched DA logo plush hardshell case.






























































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