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

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NAMM 2020 (opens in new tab): 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 (opens in new tab) for more details.

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating 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 (opens in new tab).