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FDP Forum / The Lefty Forum / Just ordered: D'Angelico EX-DC/SP Left-Handed Semi-Hollowbody

reverend mikey
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Oct 18th, 2013 01:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As mentioned in another thread here, I just ordered one of these from the Music Zoo. I've been looking at this thing for weeks, and I finally weakened and bought it with Pay Pal's 6-month no interest plan. Dumb, I know, but I've got several pieces of gear for sale that will cover this (and the recent Larrivee purchase). I've got the money to pay it off now, I would just rather keep my cash in my bank account and sell a few things to take care of this transaction.

Looks like it has very nice flame on the natural finished top (they post pictures of the actual instrument you're buying - very nice). I also love the different style V/T knobs, and the other D'Angelico touches, like the headstock and tuners - I also like the body shape better than the Gibson with the Mickey Mouse ears - these are closer to what Ibanez and Yamaha make - more subtle and - to my eyes - classier.

I'll keep you posted - will probably arrive next Thursday or Friday (w/free shipping).

Hopefully this works...

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 04:00 AM, Oct 18th, 2013)

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Oct 18th, 2013 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sweet

whats next a Tiki firebird?.............You know you want it :)

reverend mikey
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Oct 18th, 2013 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No ... this D'Angelico will have to scratch my Gibson scale double humbucker itch.

It's supposed to arrive Tuesday, and of course, we'll be out of town - sheesh! I didn't think it would get there till Wednesday. I'll have to have Fed Ex hold it so I can pick it up after we get home (Wed. afternoon).

I'm really not crazy about the Tiki because of the full sized humbuckers - I'd rather get one of the standards (that they're actually making in lefty now!) because it has the 'proper' mini-humbuckers in it.

LeftRightOut
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Oct 18th, 2013 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Waiting for a guitar has to be the worst.

I'm sure you'll love the D'Angelico, they're an extremely well made and playable guitar.

and that grain in the natural finish looks awesome

reverend mikey
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Oct 20th, 2013 09:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just rescheduled delivery for Thursday - ouch, that hurts! But that way I'll know when it's arriving and I can be here.



reverend mikey
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Oct 25th, 2013 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

First impressions:

PROS:

Pickups sound very, very good. Just the right amount of gain and yet openness and bite - they sound great with my OD pedals!

Neck and fretwork are very nice

Woods, materials and workmanship look very good to excellent (pics below). The finish is very good; I only found two minor blems. The color/tint of the blonde finish is perfect. The gold hardware looks good (with the blonde) - I'm not a fan of gold, but it doesn't look as cheap as some I've seen.

Tuners (Grovers) are very smooth and seem to hold tuning very well

Very solid case - nothing fancy (TKL), but will keep the guitar safe

CONS:

The pots are right-handed wired lefty, which means the tone controls basically work as on/off switches...ugh; here we go again. You'd think a company that's making $10,000 American versions, and even these very nice Korean versions, could get this detail right (left?)!

The bridge needs to be lowered a little and some intonation done. The low E and A saddle screws are sticking out of the bridge - way out of adjustment. Just need to loosen the strings and slide them back in, I think. I've seen this before, so not a biggie. Pickup height may need a little tweak when the bridge and neck are adjusted.

Nut slots need to be lowered, and, if this is a keeper (I think it is), I may replace the nut and recut the slots, changing the spacing a little. The high E string could be moved closer to the edge of the fingerboard and everything spaced a little better.

All of this set-up stuff will help it play better in tune, which is an issue right now (especially on the lower frets - it's most evident there).

So ... is this guitar worth $1,279?
I'd say "Yes" guardedly ... it needs some set-up and tweaking, and the tone controls really ought to work properly at this price - having to spend more money to have that fixed at this price is a no-no. But if you want a very nice lefty 335 style guitar, it's a pretty decent value.

If you found a used one for around half this price, you'd be getting a real deal! But finding a lefty used might be pretty unlikely/a crapshoot.

A couple more pics in profile:

Nice tint and flame

LeftRightOut
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Oct 25th, 2013 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well it seems you like Mikey,

thought you might even with those setup issues.

I don't think I have found one guitar yet that was setup perfectly for me out of the box

The pot situation sucks its a real PIA to fix on an 335 style guitar.

I was really hoping they'd be wired the left way for you - (the proper way)

if I didn't have an epi Sheraton i'd definitely consider one of these I like the EXL. They do make some nice guitars despite these little niggling features

reverend mikey
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Nov 15th, 2013 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I thought full disclosure was in order here...

I decided to send the D'Angelico back (it shipped back yesterday). For the money, I just didn't LOVE it enough.

It is a very well built guitar, but there were a couple ways it fell short for almost $1,300 (for a Korean guitar):

1) The pots being wired backwards - this is just inexcusable in this day and age. A company using the D-Angelico name and charging these prices needs to get this right.

2) The bridge was a little cheap - the E and A saddle screws kept creeping out, moving the saddles, and throwing the intonation off, when tuning the guitar up.

3) The pickups sounded okay - fairly vintage toned, but not fantastic - the bridge was just too bright (always rolling off the tone) and the neck was too muddy (no way to add more trable from the guitar).

Also - and this is just personal taste - I found it somewhat uncomfortable for me to play - don't know if it was string spacing (spacing was a little off at the nut) or just me not being used to a big-bodied 335-style guitar. My Elitist LP just felt so much better under my fingers - and the pickups were much better toned and balanced.

So that's my take. I will say, the Music Zoo was excellent to do business with, both on the purchase and the return - I'd buy another guitar from them without hesitation.

Also - again, without harping too much on the price - if Gibson can sell a USA made guitar - the Midtown Kalamazoo - for $1,499, then this Korean made one is too much $$ at almost $1,300. Guess which one is going to have much better resale value (and value over the long haul)? (And I'm assuming that Gibson *might* makes some lefties of the Kalamazoo when they catch up with orders for the right-handed version - I hope so, anyway.)

P.S. I don't return every guitar I order - I'm very happy with the Larrivee C-10 from the other thread here - just had an LR Baggs M1 Active pickup installed in it and it sounds great (both unplugged and through the amp).

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 02:09 PM, Nov 15th, 2013)

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