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D’Angelico New Yorker

The D’Angelico New Yorker guitar is made in Tokyo by a small group of master luthiers with 30 years of experience. These cats love the classic D’Angelico design, but they have made some modifications that they feel improve playability including changing the shape of the neck and using different electronics. There are many models to choose from that range from plywood to hand-carved spruce tops. The line tops out at around $12,000.

The version of the New Yorker I played, the NYL-2 ($4,200 list), has a 17-inch body with a German spruce top. It’s a pressed top with H-style bracing. The sides and back are flamed maple and the neck is selected maple. The scale is 25 1/2-inch with 22 frets. The tone and volume are also on the pick guard. The guitar has all the classic D’Angelico trademarks with the same head stock and tail piece we fondly remember.

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