Magazine article Guitar Player

Encore

Magazine article Guitar Player

Encore

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"What I went through to get this D'Angelico you wouldn't believe," says collector Vincent Gallo. "The former owner was Stu Scharf, and his world was built around this guitar. I've never seen a person so uptight about anyone playing an instrument--or even touching it. He had it in a room with its own humidifier, and he made me sign documents and make stipulations and all this stuff. But I was utterly seduced by this Special cutaway from April 1964 [serial #2162], the last small-body New Yorker that D'Angelico built all by himself before he died."

"Special" is supposed to signify that although the body is slightly smaller, the proportions, inlays, and so on are all New Yorker-style. But Gallo says, "Many of what people call Specials are really less fancy Excels that have, say, New Yorker on the headstock but don't even have split-block inlays. This one has the exact detailing and proportions of a full 18" model, but it's about a half inch smaller. …

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