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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Why Are D'Angelico Guitars Always on Sale?

Gene from Tampa
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Tampa, FL

Press On Irregardless
Jul 15th, 2019 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I mean, I know they have a hideous headstock. Sam Ash Tampa has a few but I was too embarrassed to try one out because, you know, the headstock and people might see me playing it. I guess if caught I could say I'm thinking of buying one for my girls. But maybe the pimp reference is too obtuse?

So anyway is it just because they look hideous, or is it they also aren't good guitars?

Art Drek-o Example

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The Escalator
Jul 15th, 2019 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Who buys them?

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Embalm Amazon! 8)
Jul 15th, 2019 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

You know, all the good headstocks are taken. For that matter, the same with the bodies.
Maybe if they said, De Blasio...🙄

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Jul 15th, 2019 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

That looks like the Ernie Ball MM St. Vincent guitar with slumped shoulders and a hopeless disposition.

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Jul 15th, 2019 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

They are always on sale because that is their business model. In case you are unaware, this import brand has no link to the superb original New York maker other than name and certain pimp-my-guitar aesthetics.

A pal of mine cherry picked one of their acoustics in a shop (the price was really good) and brought it to me for a setup.

I was expecting high action, uneven frets, poor fit and finish, and other things usually associated with these sorts of guitars because back in 2007 I was in a shop that had perhaps 10 of these on the wall. I asked the shop owner about 'em and he said they were a new import brand. At the time, they were around $1K. I picked a few up and they all had issues. They were playable, but none were dialed in. Typical for import stuff.

So this D'Angelico shows up on my bench a few months ago and I'm already underwhelmed before I even open the case.

I will admit I was quite surprised. Everything about the guitar was good. Even the construction was good: no glue visible anywhere inside--which is one of the huge giveaways of guitars that are slapped together. Big brands like Gibson and Martin are even guilty of this. Look inside your mucho dinero birdhouse guitar if you dare :o)

So yeah...for the money, the D'Angelico I worked on was astonishingly good. And it sounded great too. It needed only a string change because the saw-blade-like factory strings sucked, and three of the nut slots needed a minor tweak. That was all. Neck profile and action were spot on, and the fretwork was surprisingly good.

Will I buy one? Nah, I already have too many guitars. But if you can stomach the headstock and the pimpish bling, you could easily do a whole lot worse.

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Jul 15th, 2019 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

The ones I played at Guitar Center lasted less than 30 seconds to a minute in my hands. Dull and lackluster sounding

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Orlando, FL

My brain hurts!
Jul 16th, 2019 01:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Doug Deming has retired his vintage stuff from the rigors of Florida gigging and is playing a 2xP90 Excel. He has tweaked his some...better pickups and setup work...finds it a good utility guitar though not on par with his vintage pieces.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jul 16th, 2019 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

A bandmate bought one recently. It seems like a really good guitar. Well made and ready to play out of the box. Acoustic electric!

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

I'm an old guitar hassler
Jul 16th, 2019 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I must admit that some of their Art Deco features appeal to me. The stairstep tailpiece, the pickguard shape, the Chrysler building on the headstock. It may all be a bit over the top, but so was Marilyn Monroe, so what the heck? I could handle it.

The guitar, I mean.



Jul 17th, 2019 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wonder if John D'Angelico and Jimmy D'Aquisto envisioned this.

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State of Jefferson

Jul 17th, 2019 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

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