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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Tell me about D'Angelico guitars

Juice Nichols
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Sep 13th, 2017 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been searching for sometime for a semi-hollowbody guitar. I love the looks of these guitars, but I find myself hard-pressed to fork over $1800 for a Korean import.

I did a forum search for info on these but came up empty.

jazzguy

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Sep 13th, 2017 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

go to the jazz guitar forum and you'll find plenty of info, this place is Fender City.


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Sep 13th, 2017 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried one of the 335 style models when they first came out; ended up sending it back.

Build quality was excellent, materials seemed very good (natural finish flamed maple front and back on the one I ordered). Pickups were 'meh' didn't have any character.

Overall, I decided for the price it just wasn't worth it (and when I ordered, these were around $1,250, so you're right, $1,800 for a Korean guitar is a stretch).

Juice Nichols
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Sep 13th, 2017 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"go to the jazz guitar forum and you'll find plenty of info, this place is Fender City."

Saw plenty of info on the USA models, but not much on the MIK versions.

"$1,800 for a Korean guitar is a stretch"
Thanks. That's what I thought.


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Sep 13th, 2017 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think they're way overpriced for what they are: a pretty nice import. But they are nowhere near the quality of the originals.

If you're going to spend that much on an import, check out Eastman. They are MIC, but the woods, components, and workmanship are very very good.

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Sep 13th, 2017 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When they were hand made one-at-a-time instruments, they were nothing short of legendary.

Now, just part of the pack.

Bubbalou

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Sep 13th, 2017 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a newer model in Guitar Center a while back. Wasn't really impressed.

FunkyKikuchiyo

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Sep 13th, 2017 11:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I'd say check out Eastman, or get an Ibanez or Epiphone (whichever one feels better) and use the money savings on replacing hardware and electronics.

Juice Nichols
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Sep 14th, 2017 04:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys. You confirmed what I was thinking. One of them I looked at online the "Made in Korea" sticker wasn't even put on straight. I guess that should have told me all I need to know.

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Sep 14th, 2017 05:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not sure who's buying them at the prices they sell for.

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Sep 14th, 2017 05:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought an Ibanez John Schofield Signature semi-hollowbody about a month ago. Very pleased with it. MIC but really nicely put together. Beautiful guitar and very easy to play. One of the 1st things I usually do with any new guitar is swap out 10's or 11's for 9's. (Wimpy old fingers). I haven't had to do that with the Ibanez as the action is low & quick. I will still put 9's on it but I am in no hurry. One of the big aesthetic pluses on the John Schofield is the smaller headstock. I think it looks much better than the usual headstock. Also, the price was not so bad @ $1,099.99.

Ibanez John Schofield

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woody
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Sep 14th, 2017 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You could get a very nice used Gibson ES 137 for less than the D'Angelico. They are excellent guitars.

reverendrob
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Sep 14th, 2017 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The thing is that it's all about how much QC and oversight the company puts on its contractors for that sort of work - Squier took off when Fender stepped up their game, Epi in China these days is damn good if you buy high-end, etc.

See no reason why these *couldn't* be good, but $1800 is a stretch when you can get actual new Gibsons for that.

Ok, you'll have to wait for the sales, but, well, they give them away every six months or so.

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Sep 14th, 2017 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They do have a nice lefty offering. I just can't get past the price.

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Sep 15th, 2017 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Current Vintage Guitar mag has a great review of the D'Angelico Premier Bob Weir SS semi. $1100.

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