NAMM 2024: “A rich and articulate old-school tone that embodies the sound of mid-century New York”: D’Angelico’s iconic flagship archtop guitars are back – and “better than ever”

D'Angelico Guitars EXL-1 and Style B 2024
(Image credit: D'Angelico Guitars)

D’Angelico Guitars has reintroduced two of its best-selling archtop guitars, the Excel EXL-1 and Excel Style B, which now come loaded with vintage-inspired pickups and a host of other new features. The new builds honor the brand’s near-100-year heritage and will feature at NAMM 2024.

The new Excel EXL-1 models feature two fresh colorways: amber with a tortoise pickguard, and a dark iced tea burst with a black pickguard. The 17" wide archtop guitars are inspired by John D'Angelico's single-cutaway design, which was first introduced in 1947 and went on to be played by many key jazz players of the time.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.