D'Angelico NYSS-3 2003 Blonde


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This is the holy grail of semi-hollow guitars. It is a thinline semi-hollow with a solid spruce top, maple center block, flamed maple back and sides, and ebony fingerboard. Alligator hardshell case included, or can supply with Hiscox premium hardcase as the original case has some wear.

This guitar was made in Japan, 2003, not to be confused with the much lower quality Korean-produced D'angelicos that are currently for sale in the US that have laminated maple tops and rosewood fingerboards.

This is without question one of the nicest electric guitar I've owned. Words fail to describe the craftsmanship, comfort, and tone of this guitar. D'Angelico's are legendary for their quality craftsmanship and this is no exception. The neck and fingerboard look and feel as though they are carved out of marble - perfectly formed and exceptional to the touch. The neck plays like butter, in fact I've never played an archtop that feels this solid. The fingerboard is dense, rich black ebony - much higher quality than other production models I've played. All of the materials and woods are all beautiful. The action is low and the guitars plays incredibly well.

The tone of this guitar is unbelievable.With the bridge pickup on, it gives you that typical Carlton-Scofield 335 sound, but with the added richness of spruce; in the neck position, it sounds just like a big fat D'Angelico archtop - the solid spruce top gives it a remarkable acoustic jazz sound. It is the axe of choice of the world's greatest up-and-coming guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel.

This is what Kurt says about this guitar:

“I’ve always kept an arsenal of guitars, and have always looked for very specific things from each—the response and character of each note, the clarity of each note within a chord, sustain, frequency range, playability. I’ve often found myself compromising, sacrificing one quality for another.

Now that I have the NYSS-3, I feel that I’ve found the single guitar I’ve been seeking for more than 15 years. It produces a warm, fat tone, with a lot of front end—the kind of tone I need to carry a band and push the music in different directions without the sound getting in the way. With every note, I can feel the whole instrument resonate under my fingers.

When I’m absorbed in playing, I don’t want to be distracted by the guitar, and with the D’Angelico, I can trust the workmanship; I can trust it to always stay in tune and always give me the sound I need.”

Very good condition with only light playing, age and handling related wear for a 14 year old guitar. I have fitted the guitar with custom vintage pickups from 'The Creamery' in manchester which sound AMAZING. Original pickups are included in sale and I can have my luthier fit them for you if you would like.



Selected Maple
Ivory neck binding
24.75" scale
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Ebony fingerboard
22 frets
Mother of Pearl inlays
Mother of pearl D'Angelico Logo and New Yorker inlays on headstock
Rosewood overlay with Mother of pearl diamond inlay on back of headstock
Multi-ply black and white binding
Grover Imperial Machines

Semi-Hollow body
Small size, New Yorker Style 14.75" body with single cutaway
German spruce top
1.75" body depth
Flamed maple back and sides
Multi-ply black and white binding on body and F holes


Two humbucking pickups mounted in guitar
2 volume, 2 tone controls
1/4” output jack
Adjustable "tune-o-matic" type bridge
Stop-bar or New Yorker style tailpiece
3 position toggle switch
Gold hardware
New Yorker style stairstep tortoise-shell pickguard with black and white binding.

Pickup from my studio in SE London or I shred via courier at buyers cost (£25)

Any q's please ask away.
Currently reducing my pro guitar collection to make way for more studio based equipment.
�Please contact me for international shipping quotes.

All the very best.

Product Specs

Listed3 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more