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Enter for your chance to win a D’Angelico Masterbuilt 1942 Excel Electric Guitar from The Music Zoo! Giveaway ends December 14, 2015

The 1942 D’Angelico Excel is a collector’s and jazz guitarist’s dream. During the few decades that John D’angelico handmade guitars at his shop in downtown Manhattan, he produced some of the most coveted instruments in the jazz world today. This particular piece is the crème de la crème, and D’Angelico Guitars of America has built a replica to exacting detail.

Starting with an MRI of the original piece, the Excel has been painstakingly recreated by boutique luthier Gene Baker, Chief Master Builder at Premier Builders Guild (PBG), and his expert build team at the PBG Workshop in Arroyo Grande, California. With some modern hardware and appointments, Baker has also updated the instrument without losing any of the quality, sound, or vibe of the original.

Some features include a 3A flame maple back/sides, spruce top, ebony fretboard, mother of pearl inlay/headstock design, tortoise multi-bound pickguard, vintage friendly varnish finish, Grover Imperial tuners, and a D’Angelico trapeze tailpiece. A single Johnny Smith Lollar pickup gives unrivaled vintage tone. Do yourself a favor and strum a few chords on one the most sought-after jazzboxes the world has ever seen.

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Natural Finish
Solid Spruce Top
3A Flame Solid Maple Back and Sides
Ebony Fretboard
6105 Fret Wire
Johnny Smith Lollar Pickup
Volume and Tone Controls Mounted On Pickguard
Tortoise Multi-Bound Pickguard
D’Angelico Trapeze Tailpiece
Grover Imperial Tuners
Gold Hardware
7lbs, 7oz.

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