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    Les Paul Forum Member ChevChelios's Avatar
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    1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG



    This is such a cool guitar! And it's really funny to see Jay so excited and emotional about one guitar.
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    Re: 1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG

    Now THAT is a jazz box.

    Cool!

    The farther you go, the closer you are.

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    Re: 1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG

    I'd love to own so many old guitars.

    I can't think of one I'd love to own more than one of these...magnificent to my eyes and ears in every single respect.

    Thanks for posting
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    Re: 1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG

    Gorgeous!

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    Re: 1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG

    I actually had the opportunity to play one of those.

    I was at the home shop of a gentleman who repaired guitars for Rudy's. Why I was there is another story. But, while I was talking with him is his shop, which was lined on one wall with assorted guitar cases, we started talking about jazz guitars and guitarists. Now, you have to imagine a heavy Italian accent, "I gotta somethin ova hea you might a lika."

    He walked over and pulled a guitar case then opened it and lo and behold, there it was. A New Yorker! Wow! I was just floored.

    He said go ahead play it.

    It was like wrapping your arms around a beautiful woman. It felt like my hands just glided over the fretboard. What an experience. I didn't ask if it was for sale, because I knew it was way out of my price range. Actually, I think he was making a pickguard for it.

    So I can really relate to his enthusiasm and awe over that guitar.
    The farther you go, the closer you are.

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    Re: 1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG

    Not sure why Jay in the video just blabbed and didn't play it?

    Also had a great D'A experience at Rudy's.

    Rudy had shared with me his work on the Metropolitan Museum of Art show on the luthiers of NYC...the modern "Cremona" of American jazz guitar...but at his 48th St shop, his collection stayed in storage and he showed me photos. At the SoHo shop, he built a loft to showcase his arch tops - D'Angelicos (6-8 of them), D'Aquistos (3 or 4), a couple of Monteleones and several Gibson L-5s and Super 400s...

    On my first visit to the SoHo shop, Rudy opened the glass cabinets and said, "hey Frank, check them out".

    So I did. Fell in love with a late 40's blonde non-cutaway New Yorker...it played itself and rang like a beautiful bell with the lightest touch and when I gave it more, it responded musically. Of course, Rudy was asking a year's Ivy League tuition and I was paying two of them with one more in my future...so it is probably still with Rudy.

    Played three other D'Angelicos and a couple of D'Aquistos, which were all superlative instruments...but that one big blonde was just beyond them all...to me.

    Recently acquired a Collings AT -17...blonde of course, and it has a significant amount of the D'A's ju ju...but it's a 2006, and the previous owner never played it, so it's up to me to loosen her up and move her in the direction of the 70+ year old masterpiece.

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    Re: 1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG

    I believe that this guitar was formerly owned by one of the members here.

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    Re: 1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG

    Great looking and sounding guitar...

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    Re: 1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG

    I, too, had the opportunity to play one of these originals. It was in 1954 or 65 when I was studying with the late Lenny Frank.

    Lenny used to keep it out on a stand and anyone entering his studio knew not to go near it. Just to hear his magnificent playing on that equally magnificent instrument was joy enough.

    I was playing with The Abstracts at the time and Lenny -- hardly a lover of rock and roll -- surprised me by showing an interest in coming to one of the groups' concerts. I got him some tickets and had the odd thrill oif seeing him in the 2nd or 3rd row sitting serenely, listening with a broad smile on his face, surrounded by screaming teenagers.

    When a few days later I appeared at his studio for my weekly lesson Lenny was especially friendly. But the big surprise was when it was time for me to play an arrangement I'd made of an assigned song and he asked me if I'd like to show it to him on the D'Angelico. OMG! Yes! Yes! Yes!

    That memory has stayed with me these fifty years. And it was thus with some excitement that I learned that my wife had bought me its modern 'look alike' -- one of the new D'Angelico EXL-1s for Christmas the year before last.

    No, I am not going to say that guitar was the "equal" of one of John D'A's own. Hardly! But I will say it is a heck of a lot closer than I'd have imagined a mass-produced instrument could possibly be.

    Has anyone here played one? If not do. And be prepared to be amazed.

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    Re: 1955 D'Angelico New Yorker at ECG

    That's a cool guitar and a cool story!

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