Not to be confused with the Excel SS model, this is one of the most sought after semi-hollow guitars of its kind. The now discontinued NYSS -3B is one serious guitar. If you're checking out this guitar, chances are you know all about it and the players who continue to use it including Kurt Rosenwinkel.
This is by far the most collectible of all the D'Angelicos.
The guitar plays effortlessly, with very low action, and a medium, comfortable C-shaped neck profile. The highly polished medium frets are perfectly level, making bends easy and sustain outstanding - even acoustically. The guitar offers an outstanding jazz tone when played clean - reminiscent of a much larger bodied archtop with classic spruce "pop." When overdriven with distortion, the guitar also nails a beautiful blues tone, with just the right amount of midrange, very well balanced with great note separation and sustain. The taper of the pots is smooth and very well graduated, making them a useful tool - not just for decoration. The humbuckers are also set up to split, so the guitar can cop some sweet single coil BB King esque "Live at the Regal" tones with a bit of overdrive, or Grant Green P-90ish jazz tones. This guitar is extremely versatile, and is an excellent choice if you want warm & fat archtop sounds for jazz in addition to blooming, sustaining, & singing tones for blues in the same axe.
Specs are as follows:
Selected Maple, White neck binding
24" 3/4 scale Ebony fingerboard, 22frets
Pearl Zig zag position marker
14°pitch peghead with pearl "D'Angelico"
and "New Yorker"
inlays, multiple black and white binding
Small sized original "New Yorker" style body (14" 1/2) with center block
Solid spruce top
5 ply flame maple back and rims
F sound holes with white and black binding
Electrical / Hardware Specifications
Grover Imperial type machine head
Original dual coiled Kent Armstrong pickups
Controls : 1 PU selector, 2 volumes, 2 tone
Output : 1/4 phone jack mounted on the rim
Adjustable "tune O-matic" type brass bridge
Original "New Yorker" style brass trapeze tailpiece
Original "New Yorker" style pickguard with black and white binding
This guitar is one of the last to come from the Vestax era made DA,s. This guitar is in excellent used condition especially give that its over 10 years old. There is some slight discoloration on the neck pickup and bridge but are purely cosmetic. There is very little ware on the guitar and there are no scratches or dings on the body. Includes original faux alligator skin case. There are definitely some smudges and dings on the case but it is still in great working order. I hate to part with this beautiful instrument but its time for a new home. $3000 OBO
serious inquiries may be sent to: [email protected]