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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by doctorunderhill, Apr 8, 2020.
No more over the top then an EPI Sheraton II and I like mine.
Some folks love their headstocks a little too much.
Complete agreement. All taste is taste.
Very tacky indeed
No, too much time as a college professor. Students do dorky things pretty often.
Popular music, flashy, over the top.
Which of these terms doesn’t belong?
Two Gibson headstocks means the chances of them snapping off has doubled!
Art Deco is cool, therefore I like it.
Each person has their own "taste". This headstock is more appropriate on a more fancy style of guitar than on a more basic style. D'Angelico has some models where the headstock is arguably more in keeping with the style of the instrument. And others, where I think the headstock looks VERY goofy - totally out of character with the rest of the guitar.
To my taste, the headstock is "fancier" than I would personally choose. But it isn't not ugly, to me. I would be fine with a simpler headstock, but I'm ok as is.
The headstock clearly did not stop me from buying what has turned out to be one of my nicest guitars... D'Angelico Excel EX-SS in trans-black. I don't mind the headstock, but I'm not crazy in love with it either.
What bothered me more than the headstock was having humbucker pickups (I'm just not a big fan of humbucker tone) - but I knew that would be easily remedied. I installed a pair of TV Jones T-Armond single coils and a new wiring harness in the guitar and it sounds fabulous! Plays wonderfully, as well. And, the Korean build (Unsung, So. Korea) quality is very impressive.
The 15" bout is right between the size of an ES-339 and an ES-335. Great size. Aside from a small post-block, directly beneath the bridge, the interior is fully hollow - contributing to a nice "airy" tone.
Agreed they are a bit ornate for some of the guitars they're attached to, I really like a lot of their guitars but the headstock kills it for me, for some.
I agree with this. Not really a fan of the little gold finial on the center top though...
While you may not like the look of the tuning keys, I will say that the Grover Imperial Super Rotomatic tuners, with the wide keys, make tuning about as nice as I've ever felt on a guitar. Very smooth and precise, and the enhanced leverage, offered by the wider keys, contributes to that feel.
man your Epi is positively understated compared to the d'anjelico.
Yup, I like the d'angelicos just because they make my hideous Epi Sheraton II headstock not look so bad.
It's not exactly my first choice, but the current D'Angelico imports are quite nice guitars, for budget line imports...and the headstock isn't repulsive to me. There are tons of others out there that I find way worse. Suhr, Anderson, Peavey, Ibanez, Music Man, Heritage, Epiphone, some Yamahas, and tons more. There aren't many headstocks out there that I really like. Fender, G&L, Gibson, Martin (and the immense number out there that are pretty much the same), Guild, and maybe a handful more. I can tolerate the D'Angelico one on my non-F-hole DC model that I got on a very deep discount.
I mean, set a d'angelico next to my Epi group and then mine would not look so ugly.
Ive never cared about headstock design. How long has the D’Angelico NY been made offshore? The one I got to play 15 years ago was an amazing instrument. It was probably a 5 year old guitar back then.
I don't think D'Angelico guitars were being made 20 years ago?
After John passed on, the "brand" fell into history, but recently the D'Angelico family sold the name to a company that wanted to build in his style, though of course including affordable versions.
Maybe the guitar you played 15 years ago was a case queen that looked new?
Yep- over the top. Tommy Emmanuel uses Maton guitars almost exclusively and some come a bit like that but the 808EGB ( OM Model) are more like the simple rounded headstock very similar to Gretsch.
If i were to order one, and i am as travel is out this year, I want the OM simple model. Really astonishing guitars, even though I'm an Aussie, They are. I even think they're better than my Taylor. Others think so too.
See Youtube: type in Martin, Taylor and Maton where the three are compared and lots of other youtube vids on Maton to listen to. My guess is they will be part of the " Big Four " of acoustics soon. Play one, they are great.
A strange mixture of curves and angles.
No worse than these Italian Melody guitars though: