D'Angelico Excel EXL-1 Amber



The flagship archtop in the D'Angelico line has returned—now in two colorways with two different pickup configurations. Inspired by John D'Angelico's single-cutaway "Excel" model that was first introduced in 1947, the Excel EXL-1 offers woody, articulate tone, ideal for both rhythm and lead playing. Featuring a redesigned neck shape, the EXL-1 promises the perfect balance of comfort and heft, still prioritizing remarkable mobility but also offering improved handfit. A Johnny Smith Floating Mini-bucker on the new Amber finish offers woody, focused tone that prioritizes body top resonance. Features include Grover hardware, an ebony fingerboard, and Jescar fretwire. Available in Dark Iced Tea Burst and Amber.


True to John D’Angelico’s legendary design, the Excel EXL-1 is a 17-inch-wide, 3-inch-deep single-cutaway offering rich response and classic mid-century jazz tone.


A comfortable C-shape neck capped with an ebony fingerboard and Jescar fretwire makes for remarkably premium feel up and down the neck.


Modeled after John D’Angelico’s preeminent single-cutaway design, the EXL-1 is our flagship archtop for good reason—it has stood the test of time.



Specific Model: Excel EXL-1, Amber                

SKU: DAEEXL1AMBGT               


Hardware Color: Gold               


Headstock Shape: Standard                 

Logo Inlay: Mother Of Pearl D'Angelico New York Logo       

Series Inlay (Front): Mother Of Pearl Excel Shield Logo      

Serial Number (Back): Model Name, Serial Number            

Binding: 3-Ply

Finish: Gloss  

Headpin: Cupola         

Tuners: Grover 150 Imperial

Strings: D'Angelico Electrozinc Jazz 12's (12-52)    

Truss Rod Cover: Aluminum Skyscraper      

Nut Width: 1 11/16” (43mm)                 

Nut Material: Graphtech Nubone XL                


Material: Ebony             

Binding: 3-Ply

Fretwire: Jescar 47/10  Nickel Silver                 

Scale Length: 25.5"   

Radius: 12"      

Top Inlay: Mother Of Pearl Split Block             

Side Marker: Yes           

Fret Number: 22           


Material: 3 Piece           

Finish: Gloss  

Profile: C-Shape           

Joint Type: Set Neck  

Thickness: 1f: 21mm, 12f: 23mm     

Truss Rod: Dual Action             


Body Shape: Single Cutaway                

Body Style: Hollowbody          

Body Depth: 3"               

Body Width: 17"            

Color: Amber 

Finish: Gloss  

Top Material: Laminated Spruce        

Back Material: Laminated Flame Maple       

Side Material: Laminated Flame Maple        

Binding: 7-Ply

Bridge: Floating Ebony Wood                

Tailpiece: D’Angelico Stairstep           

Pickguard: Tortoise Scalini (5-Ply)    

Back Plate: N/A              

Pickup Selector: N/A

Knobs: 2 Mini Hexagon             

Strap Buttons: Gold, Locking                


Overview: 1 Pickguard Mounted Floating Mini Humbucker              

Controls: 1 Volume / 1 Tone 

Pickup (Neck): USA Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith Floating Mini Humbucker

Pickup (Middle): N/A 

Pickup (Bridge): N/A  

Additional Pickup Information: Alnico II

Pots: 500k        

Output Jack: Standard Mono                


Case: Deluxe Hardshell           

Made In: Korea