The D’Angelico New Yorker Replica has a Hand-Carved Sitka Spruce Top, Flamed Maple Back & Sides, C Profile Flamed Maple Neck, Stained Ebony Fingerboard, Gold Grover Tuners, Floating Ebony Bridge, Kent Armstrong Floating Mini Humbucker Pickup, Incl. Non Original Gig Bag.
Our D’Angelico New Yorker is a real one off: a classic model hand crafted by master luthier Joe White. Directly inspired by a barn-find New Yorker, this is as true a representation of this iconic guitar and as fitting a tribute to master luthier John D’Angelico as can be found. See below for some more detailed information.
Please Note: This guitar is for collection only.
- Model : New Yorker
- Colour : Sunburst
- Body Size : Lower Bout - 18 1/4", Upper Bout - 14 1/4", Side - 3"
- Top : Hand Carved 3" Sitka Spruce
- Back and Sides : Hand Carved 3" Flamed Maple
- Neck : Flamed Maple
- Neck Profile : C
- Fingerboard : Stained Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlays : Mother of Pearl
- Fingerboard Radius : 12"
- Nut Width : 1 3/4"
- Scale Length : 25"
- Frets : 22
- Pickguard : Floating Tortoiseshell
- Tuners : Gold Grover
- Bridge : Floating Ebony
- Pickups : Kent Armstrong Floating Mini Humbucker
- Controls : Volume and Tone
- Case/Gig Bag: Non Original Gig Bag
- No. of Strings : 6
- Condition : Pre-Owned, 2001, EC
Guitar Village is proud to present a stunning D’Angelico New Yorker replica as made by master luthier Joe White. Well known in the industry as top of his game when it comes to the art of guitar making - his name familiar to many famous guitarists not limited to Ronnie Wood, Slash, Snowy White and KT Tunstall - Joe has painstakingly hand-crafted this guitar to be an exact, period-correct copy of this most iconic of guitar models.
Joe has held a long fascination with John D’angelico; the master craftsman behind the long-standing guitar company, and regarded by many as the finest builder of arch top guitars in history. In the words of Joe White, “This man was known as the Stradivarius of the 20th century.” Originally a violin maker, John once received a Gibson L-5 into his workshop and, embodying the spirit of innovation that would imbue his company with its longevity, resolved to build a better guitar. The New Yorker was born.
For many years Joe had dreamed of building his own New Yorker. The model is a great challenge for a luthier owing to the complexity of the model itself and the simplicity of the tools with which John D’angelico crafted his original instruments: a rudimentary saw and chisel. The result of these two factors - that the model was the result of the work of one man, and the basic nature of the tools employed by him in its construction - was of course that each New Yorker made by D’angelico was slightly different; so where would a modern luthier begin in his own quest to build such a guitar?
For Joe, this question was answered when he discovered for sale 5 detailed drawings of one particular New Yorker that mapped out, in precise detail, the exact measurements and specifications of the instrument. The guitar on which the drawings were based had been discovered in a barn during a clear-out but was too far gone for restoration. The discoverer subsequently gave the guitar to a friend who made the detailed drawings, who then sold them to Joe for the princely sum of $20. Joe thus set to work, making by hand the entirety of the instrument including the tailpiece that he crafted with a hacksaw and file (though he did send it to a professional engraver). As Joe himself puts it, “I didn’t just make a New Yorker. I made it perfect to the drawings. I feel I made that New Yorker that was found in that barn”.
In building this classic guitar model, then, Joe has not only surmounted this great test of a luthier’s skills but has in fact breathed new life into a particular example of a New Yorker that otherwise would have simply faded away. This replica is not only a demonstration of beautiful craftsmanship, but a testament to the storied history, life and work of John D’angelico.