NAMM 2020: D'Angelico launches the Excel Series Throwback Collection with 2 new archtop guitars

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NAMM 2020: D'Angelico has launched the Excel Series Throwback Collection of archtop electric guitars, featuring the single-cutaway EXL-1 Throwback and the non-cutaway Style B Throwback.

Incorporating details and designs from John D'Angelico's original archtops, both models feature a 7-ply scroll-style headstock design and Macassar ebony headstock plate, an ebony fingerboard with full fret Mother-of-Pearl block inlays, vintage-style f-holes and a satin ebony pickguard. Both guitars are available in two finishes: Vintage Natural and Viola.

Both guitars also feature a single Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith mini-humbucking pickup, designed to elevate and amplify the natural archtop tone.

The EXL-1 Throwback features a 17-inch-wide, 3-inch-deep body with a spruce top, while the Style B Throwback is slimmed down and features a slim-C neck profile, a shallower upper bout depth and a 25" scale length.

The EXL-1 Throwback and Style B Throwback will be available from January 16. Visit D'Angelico for more details.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.