D'Angelico New Yorker NYL-5

  • Excellent Condition
  • Year: 2003
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 003020506


This 17" thinline full hollowbody from their Vestax years, gives a nod to their namesake & classic Gibson style as well. D'Angelico was owned and operated by Vestax Corp in Toyko in the early 2000's before selling the name again to Korea upon Vestax's closing in 2014. Although an import, these well made guitars have accumulated a high praise amongst players, for there good looks, sounds, and playability. This example is signed on the label by Vestax CEO Hidesito Shino. This guitar comes to us in great condition in all respects. Cosmetically, the guitar shows very subtle wear throughout, but nothing that would impedes its value or playability. The 17" body is built with very high quality flamed Maple and a pressed German Spruce top. Acoustically, this guitar is very resonant and responsive - which then translated beautifully to its floating Kent Armstrong Mini-Humbucker (which is mounted to the pickguard). This guitar is similar to a Gibson Byrdland in design, having the thinner, 2.25" thick full hollow body, but differs primarily in its full 25.5" scale length. It plays with even low action and smooth response in every register. The action measures 5/64" at the twelfth fret of the sixth string, and 4/64" on the first string. The neck has a Medium C profile that measures about .85" thick at the first position and .95" right before the curvature of the heel at the 11th fret. It has a a fine Ebony fingerboard with split mother of pearl inlay work & a 12" radius. It has a 1 5/8" nut width. The guitar has the classic art deco D'Angelico tailpiece design. The tailpiece, bridge and its Grover Imperial tuners are all matched in gold, which do show their age, having some typical wear along their edges. This is a great guitar for the advancing jazz guitarist, or for the collector that understands the high quality of the rare Vestax instruments. Weighs 6.85 lbs. Comes with the original hardshell case, as well as D'Angelico case cover.


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