Drop the name "D'Angelico" to any group of experienced guitarists, and you'll hear a chorus of similar responses: legendary, incredible, unmatched. All fair assessments. After all, when Eric Clapton considers you to be one of the best, you are indeed, one of the best.
The storied brand of custom, hand-built guitars was launched in New York City back in 1932 by its namesake, the luthier John D'Angelico. His designs earned a loyal following and became the go-to for big-time jazz guitarists during that era. Unfortunately, D'Angelico, as a brand, all but died when John passed in 1964.
But a few years ago, a trio of music-minded entrepreneurs acquired the rights to the name and brought it back to life. Recently, they invited us to check out their semi-private showroom space in New York, which is now a hotspot for exclusive post-show parties and daytime drop-ins from marquee names.