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2005 D'Angelico New Yorker NYS-2

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Serial #: 0050305-05

Body size at lower bout: 15 1/4" Body depth: 2 3/4" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11 1/6" Neck depth: .79/.85, 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 stairstep pickguard; gold Grover Super Rotomatic sealed back tuners with Imperial keys, adjustable compensated ebony bridge with pearl inlaid base. Kent Armstrong Handwound built-in PAF with volume, tone controls and 1/4" jack,

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.

Inspired by a custom guitar built for guitarist Don Arnone in 1950, the NYS-2 is one of the scarcest models in the renowned reissue series. The second version of the model, this compact guitar has a 15" body, slightly slimmed to 2 3/4" in depth, with a traditional gently rounded Venetian cutaway. Most noteworthy, the solid spruce soundboard is parallel braced, for factory installation of a built in humbucker, making it unique among the few examples we have seen.

Supremely comfy on the lap or the strap, the NYS-2 is the ideal companion for the player looking for warm, traditional tone, but unwilling to wrestle with a full-size archtop. Similarly, the 24 3/4" scale neck makes stretch chords and lightning runs a breeze for players of any hand size. This fine example is in superb original condition, without buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and sporting a lustrous classic sunburst finish over a beautifully bookmatched curly maple body. Apart from an small pick mark near the pickup, the instrument appears otherwise virtually factory fresh.

The built-in Handwound Armstrong PAF, a perennial favorite here, provides excellent sustain and feedback resistance, and the gentle D profile neck has smooth low action with a fresh high precision setup, over the solid ebony fingerboard. And unlike current Chinese built models, this guitar is from the original Vestax series, crafted in the famed Terada workshop near Nagoya, Japan.

An exceptional rarity, and a welcome companion on the longest gig. 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: Deluxe black hardshell case with blue plush lining.






























































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