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2005 D'Angelico New Yorker NYL-5
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Serial #: 001042704
Body size at lower bout: 17" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11 1/6" Neck depth: .77/.87, 1st/10th fret
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: Original gold hardware includes gold stairstep DA logo tailpiece; quintuple bound tortoise art deco pickguard; gold Grover Super Rotomatic sealed back tuners with Imperial keys. DeArmond 1100 floating pickup with volume, tone controls and 1/4" jack, adjustable compensated art-deco ebony bridge.
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 the full depth, pro-sized 17" body. This handsome example is an original Vestax built model, signed by CEO Hidesato Shiino of the famed Terada workshop near Nagoya, Japan.
This example is in gleaming condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear in it's all original honey blonde finish. Apart from a few incidental finish nicks, the instrument appears otherwise virtually unplayed. The voice is warm and smooth, with the 17" X-braced solid spruce soundboard, and the bookmatched deeply flamed tiger maple body. The period correct gold DeArmond 1100 floating pickup provides matchless bop-era tone, and is installed with volume and tone controls. The gentle D profile neck has smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup, and the art-deco look of the guitar is completed with a stairstep compensated adjustable ebony bridge.
Now some years out of production, these guitars 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 4/64" 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.