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D'Angelico Style A Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1935)
D'Angelico Style A Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1935), made in New York City, sunburst lacquer finish, maple back and sides, spruce top; laminated maple neck, original black hard shell case.
This is a lovely original and early D'Angelico, well played but not heavily altered from original and with some unusual features. The body is 16 3/4" wide-somewhat larger than the earlier L-5 inspired guitars that preceded it, but smaller than the new 17" models just being launched around the same time. The neck is the early style 5-ply laminate, with a single bound dot-inlaid fingerboard and an unusually wide nut (1 13/16"). The headstock is single-bound with the early "D'Angelico" script engraved on a pearl block and a small cut-pearl inlay below.
The headstock shape is unusual with a small rounded center peak, wider than the "snakehead" but not as elaborate as the later D'Angelico designs, and again is specific to this particular period. The original adjustable bridge is a very dainty carved ebony unit, with an unusually short-footed base. The top and back are triple bound, the fingerboard single bound. The tuners and tailpiece are the nickel-plated Waverly pieces commonly seen on New York-instruments built in this period. Overall this is a beautiful and very classy looking and sounding guitar, unique as are all D'Angelico creations and a wonderful trip back to the early swing era.
Overall length is 41 1/8 in. (104.5 cm.), 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 in. (7.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 13/16 in. (46 mm.). This guitar remains in very nice original condition, with some average playwear overall and some areas of finish chipping to the body edges. The frets are old but not original, slightly wider wire than the 1930's style. The original pickguard suffered celluloid disease long ago, and left some light staining on the top and fingerboard binding and a couple of small repaired top cracks. With no other alterations this guitar is better preserved than most of these early period D'Angelico guitars and remains a wonderful player's instrument. This particular guitar is both louder and brighter-toned than many period D'Angelico guitars, and may well have been built for a band or orchestra player on a budget! Includes a very worn OHSC. Overall Very Good + Condition.
Item # 6905
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