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2004 D'Angelico New Yorker NYL-2
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Serial #: 000042202, 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 hardware including inlaid adjustable compensated rosewood bridge; gold stairstep DA logo tailpiece; quintuple bound tortoise art deco pickguard; gold Grover Rotomatic sealed back tuners with Imperial keys. Kent Armstrong Handwound floating single coil pickup with volume, tone controls and coil-tap switch mounted to pickguard. Original gold plated floating Johnny Smith style adjustable humbucking pickup included in case.
Notes: 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. Until recently, 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 at an unbeatable price 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. The solid spruce top is X-braced for warm, woody tone with superior feedback resistance. This example is an original Vestax built model, signed by master luthier Hidesato Shiino of the Terada workshop near Nagoya, Japan.
This example is in immaculate 100% original condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. The voice is warm and smooth, with the 17" X-braced solid spruce soundboard, and the bookmatched deeply flamed tiger maple body. The electronics have been upgraded with a US made Kent Armstrong adjustable single coil pickup, which is clear, detailed and highly faithful to the acoustic voice. A coil-tapped pickup, the impedance can be changed from 8K to 13K ohms with the micro-switch mounted under the edge of the pickguard. The medium jumbo frets are tall and smoothly crowned for easy fingering, with smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup, and gentle D neck profile.
Now some years out of production, these guitars are few and far between on the vintage market, and have become highly sought after by players and collectors alike. They go fast, when we can find them. One only: call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge flatwound nickel strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/32" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.
Case: Original brown faux alligator deluxe arched DA logo plush hardshell case.