1940s D’Angelico "Excel" 2-Point Mandolin
There is no name more associated with superb American luthiery than that of John D’Angelico, most noted for his archtop guitars which he made in New York city from the late 1920s until his death in 1964. He also built (far fewer) fine carved-top mandolins, combining influences from both Gibson and Lyon & Healy.
This rare high-grade blonde double cutaway instrument (similar to D'Angelico's "Excel" model guitar) features multiple bindings on its Italianate headstock with ornamental pearl inlays and finial. The body has two asymmetrical points, a hand-carved spruce top and highly figured maple back and sides. Its flamed maple neck features a bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and a stylish extension. All hardware is original, including the tuners, pickguard, hand-made adjustable bridge and unique step-stair engraved tailpiece.
As is common with quite a few D'Angelico mandolins, there is no serial #, but our best guess is that it was made in the early 1940s.
The tone of this mandolin is truly "Acquired of the Angels" (the title of a book about D'Angelico's instruments) with a warm, round sound, well suited for jazz and contemporary styles. This rare example is in excellent playing condition and ready for the next 75 years!
$17,500.00 with custom Paganoni case
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Ad Number 133477
Posted: Dec 30, 2018 02:24 PM CDT
Port Ludlow Wa.
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