Magazine article Guitar Player

D'Angelico: Premier SS

Magazine article Guitar Player

D'Angelico: Premier SS

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THE PREMIER SS IS A NEW AND MORE affordable addition to D'Angelico's recently revitalized offshore-made lineup, and it looks to be a contender with players seeking alternative styling in a versatile semi-acoustic. Our review guitar has classic D'Angelico styling in its multiply-bound headstock with mother-of-pearl empire "Premier" banner inlay and aluminum trussrod cover, Grover Super Rotomatic tuners, block inlays, and stairstep pickguard. The 15"-wide, single-cutaway semi's top, back, and sides are made from laminated maple, and there is a solid-maple center block to add punch and sustain and minimize feedback.

All in all, this Premier SS is beautifully executed for the price, and, in fact, would raise few concerns even at twice the ticket. The mirror-gloss finish is uniform and swirl-free, the binding is neatly applied and gently rolled for a slight vintagey softness, construction feels solid and confidence inspiring, and the deluxe appointments are all nicely rendered. Once tuned up, the guitar played effortlessly right out of the case, and the slim-C neck profile felt extremely comfortable over the long haul. Electronics are the typical four knobs plus 3-way toggle, feeding the signal from a pair of D'Angelico humbuckers--a fairly standard 7.6k[ohm] pickup in the neck, but a whopping 12.8k[ohm] unit in the bridge.

Tested through a blackface Fender Pro Reverb combo and a custom JTM45-style head and 2x12 cab with Celestion G12-65s the Premier SS proved impressive on all fronts. There was indeed a slight output imbalance between neck and bridge pickups, yet both sounded great at their individual tasks, and blended well, too. …

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