Top 10 Guitar Brands


Have you seen these guitars yet?

Why the Top 10 Guitar Brands list you searched is wrong!
And why you should consider other Guitars not on that list.
See Guitars they don’t tell you about.

Today we’re going to take a look at a great Master Guitar Builder not talked about much.
I mean they’re not talk about much in the life of everyday guitar player’s.

And I think its partly due to the Big Box stores over exposing us to the top 3 -4 brands. That would be my take on it.

Nothing wrong with guitar builders like Fender, Gretch, Gibson, Martin, Taylor etc.
These guitars should be on your list as well, and you wouldn’t believe who else plays them!

Guitars Bocephus, Brad Whitford, Rick Nielsen Have in Common


Hank Williams Jr.

This guitar builder has been around since 1932 when John D’Angelico first opened up shop in New York City.
He has been recognized as being the finest builder of archtop guitars in the world.

Tragically in 1964  John D’Angelico passed away, due to heart failure.

Johns apprentice D”Aquisto took the reins of the company at this point and began making guitars under his name.


Brad Whitford

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art held an exhibition in 2011 in which D”Angelico Guitars was featured.

During this time the D’Angelico name was bought and a new team was put in place to start building reissues of their archtop tone guitars.

This was due in part to the interest of todays major artists who desired the D’Angelico tone.


The Classic Tone -Todays Professional Guitarist Seek


D’Angelico Art Deco Series Guitars

Since D’Angelico Guitars reappeared in 2011 as pretty much a new guitar company the new management team put in place has been tasked to build exactly the same kind of guitars as D”Angelico would have done himself.

And due impart to that philosophy they have been reaching the major artists who have been wanting that classic tone that no other builder can duplicate, as well as the great look these guitars have.

D”Angelico Guitars has a whole host of devoted professional guitarist following them. From country greats like Chet Atkins to Hank Williams Jr.

From rock band such as The Who and Cheap Trick. And yes even Howard Stern has played the EXL-1 on his radio show.

And now with their 2015 release, there’s been an EXL-1 with Art Deco finish from the premium line included in the Joe Bonamassa Guitar Collection.

As a guitar player and an enthusiast you might also like to know that D’Angelico has released some new models of guitars.

The EX-SD and the EX-DH American made series. Along with a new solid body bass the EX-SD.

NAMM Show 2015 – A New Acoustic Line by Iconic Builder

Yep! thats what I’m talkin about “Acoustic Guitars” you read it right. There are a lot of righteous sounding and looking acoustics in the world today to choose from. And if you take away all the effects on these guitars we can hear the distinct tone that each particular guitar has.

And D’Angelico has its own distinct sound as well, that said:The new acoustic line consist of :

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    D’Angelico EX-63 Archtop Guitar

    Bowery Dreadnought / single -cutaway

  • Brooklyn Dreadnought / rich dreadnought sound
  • Lexington Dreadnought / great playability and projection
  • Madison Jumbo / jumbo sound that can also be quiet
  • Mercer Grand Auditorium / elegant and bright
  • Gramercy Grand Auditorium / wide range of playability
  • EX-63 / loud and good for aggressive playing
  • SBG-700 Mott Bass / robust with accurate lows

All these acoustic guitars comes with Piezo pickup systems, built in tuners, Fishman Ink-4 onboard preamp, FU Tone Brass Bridge Pins, Grover Rotomatic Tuners and block mother of pearl inlays.

The EX-63 is the last archtop acoustic guitar John D’Angelico built before he passed away. This reissued EX-63 released this year is built with that same specs that John D’Angelico used to build the original with.

D’Angelico has always built a premium acoustic guitar and using the same specs going forward with the new models that signature archtop sound carries through to the new models.

They’re so new this video snippet below is all I could find on how the guitar sounded.


Todays review was not between any one guitar whether acoustic or electric. But of a Guitar Building Giant of yesteryear that has risen out of the ashes. I personally have never owned one of these instruments. So I can’t wait to play one here shortly.

But I do remember some of the older players when I was young talking about this archtop guitar.The D’Angelico Guitar was considered back then to those players a premium guitar.


D’Angelico Guitars the Choice of Professionals.

And in all my research they are still considered today to be just that, a premium guitar builder.

Yep! they are considered popular jazz guitars chosen by some but they are much more than that to the sounds of bands like:

Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Ozzy Osbourne, Queensryche, GratefulDead and even in the Joe Bonamassa Guitar Collection

So the next time your looking for a guitar, and you type in the search bar for Top 10 Guitar Brands.

Check behind the curtains of all them hyped up sales pitches and you could find a real gem. 🙂

Hey guitar fans Don’t Forget Sharing is Caring.
Who is your favorite guitar builder?
Look forward to all your Comments Below.

Joke: I found:

Why are so many guitar player jokes one liners?

Because the rest of the band has to understand them. 🙂




6 thoughts on “Top 10 Guitar Brands

  1. theresa r

    Hi, this is a great article, enjoyed reading it, my father plays the guitar, so will share this with him, great work.

    1. Markus Post author

      Well thank you Theresa, I look forward to your dad showing up. I’m sure he’s going to like these D’Angelico Guitars.
      They might be a little more costly than your every day Gibson, but many a players wouldn’t do without them.Have your father come by.

      Thanks 🙂

  2. Jeremy

    Great article bro!
    While I have always been a fender guy and probably always will be, I love reading about and trying out new guitars. Nice job and see you soon ~Jeremy

    1. Markus Post author

      I know where your coming from Jeremy. If I had to choose my favorite guitar it would be my Martin hands down.
      But I would like to have one of these D’Angelico guitars in my collection.Thanks for stopping by go out and check that guitar out and let me know.

      Thanks 🙂

  3. Larry gove

    Everytime I look at your site I feel likeI’m in way over my head, LOL!!Putting that aside though.
    That was a very nice guitar and I think it should in the top 10 brands of guitars.
    I didn’t realize they’ve been around that long. Good stuff here.

    1. Markus Post author

      Don’t feel that way Larry, this guitar company will be around for many more years to come.
      If you ever get the chance go check the new acoustic models out. Talk to you soon.

      Thanks 🙂


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