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2004 D'Angelico New Yorker NYL-2
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Serial #: 004062605, label signed by master luthier Hidesato Shiino
Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25.5" Nut Width: 1 11 1/6"
Materials: Solid bookmatched X-braced spruce top; flame maple back, sides and neck; solid ebony fingerboard with pearl slashed-block inlays; seven ply top binding; three ply binding; triple bound back, headstock, fingerboard and f-holes.
Hardware: All original hardware including inlaid adjustable compensated rosewood bridge; gold stairstep DA logo tailpiece; quintuple bound tortoise art deco pickguard; gold Grover Rotomatic sealed back tuners with Imperial keys; gold plated floating Johnny Smith style adjustable humbucking pickup with volume control mounted to pickguard.
Notes: From his tiny storefront workshop on Kenmare Street in New York City, John D'Angelico became the most famous archtop guitar builder in the history of the instrument. His peerless craftsmanship and striking art deco designs set a standard for the hand built instrument that has lasted to this day. Until recently, however, few players could dream of owning one of these legendary guitars, as collector demand pushed prices into orbit. Now under license from the D'Angelico family, some of the most popular models have been reissued with painstaking attention to detail. From the engraved stairstep tailpiece to the art deco pickguard to the Chrysler Building truss rod cover, these meticulously crafted instruments recapture the flair and elegance of the streamline era.
With its full complement of pro features at an unbeatable price the NYL-2 became one of the most wildly successful archtops of recent years, used by top pros like Phil Upchurch, Russell Malone, Duke Robillard, Jerry Hahn, Grant Green Jr. and many more. The solid spruce top is X-braced for warm, woody tone with superior feedback resistance, and the gentle C neck profile is finely balanced for ease of play with effortless action. This example is an original Vestax built model, signed by master luthier Hidesato Shiino of the Terada workshop near Nagoya, Japan. The guitar is in immaculate 100% original condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear of any kind, with all original hardware, case, and accessory pack.
The medium jumbo frets are tall and smoothly crowned for easy fingering, and the double acting truss rod allows for feeler gauge adjustment for smooth low string action and accurate neck relief. The Kent Armstrong Johnny Smith humbucking pickup is grounded to the strings for maximum noise suppression, and laser cut inlay provides a precision fit that luthiers of the past could only dream of. Now sadly out of production, these guitars are few and far between on the vintage market, and have become highly sought after by players and collectors alike. These go fast: call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge flatwound nickel strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 1/16" to 3/32" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.
Case: Original brown faux alligator deluxe arched DA logo plush hardshell case.