Born in NYC’s Little Italy, D’Angelico is widely regarded as one of the finest archtop guitar manufacturers of the 20th century. Nowadays, they make guitars of all shapes and sizes; all built with the same exceptional detail, mastery and flair that put them on the map.
The Premier DC strikes the balance between classic D’Angelico design and contemporary performance. Combining unique D’Angelico design with a classic, familiar semi-hollow config, it’s a workhorse instrument that’ll never fail to turn heads.
Body & Neck
As the name suggests, the DC is a curvy double-cut semi-hollow that offers solid humbucking tones. The body material is Laminate Maple, offering up plenty of top-end brightness to contrast with the warm semi-hollow sound. Multi-ply cream binding rounds it off with a touch of class.
The Maple neck continues the theme, laying on yet more top-end sparkle. Combined with the semi-hollow configuration and HH pickup setup, you get a warm, clear and versatile sound that’ll suit anything from hard rock to jazz-funk.
Hardware & Electronics
As mentioned before, twin Duncan-designed HB humbuckers deliver a warm but gutsy snarl. But thanks to the tonewood choices and coil-tap controls, the Premier DC cleans up beautifully and has plenty of tone on tap regardless of style.
The hardware is chrome from top to bottom, including Rotomatic Stairstep tuners - it’s an undeniably striking instrument. But everything has a purpose; expect fantastic tuning stability, squeaky-clean intonation and reliability across the board.
- Body style: semi-hollow
- Shape: double cutaway
- Body material: Laminate Maple
- Pickguard: Tortoise Scalini (5-ply)
- Neck material: Maple
- Neck shape: C-shape
- Neck joint: set-thru
- Fretboard material: Ovangkol
- Truss rod: dual action
- Scale length: 25”
- Radius: 14”
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Acrylic Block
- Frets: 22, medium
- Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan-designed HB-101B Humbucker
- Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan-designed HB-102N Humbucker
- Controls: neck volume, neck tone, bridge volume, bridge tone, push/pull coil-tap
- 3-way toggle switch
- Tuners: Rotomatic Stairstep
- Nut material: PPS
- Bridge: Chrome Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: D’Angelico Stairstep Trapeze