Widely recognised as the Holy
Grail of semi-acoustics, the NYSS-3b is a masterpiece of
design and execution.
guitar has the best neck I ever have played and the
electrics are amazing.
Made in 2005 by the legendary luthier Hideshito Shino, the NYSS-3b is a
small body semi ( just a little bigger than a Les Paul) but
with big sound, superb tone, outstanding character, massive
sustain and excellent quality.
Made only with choice woods and finished in Natural, with Gold
hardware, this one is Mint and is a true collectorís or playerís
These guitars were out of production for a while and only a few arrive
in the UK each year. They are now becoming very difficult
to find in this condition - I found this one in
It is set-up with an incredibly low, fast action and the short scale
really suits me. I have owned several Vestax D'Angelicos
and they all have in common the most perfect necks
I ever have played. For me the neck
is really important and I am totally happy with these
You just canít put this guitar down - itís a players
instrument through and through. The tone of this guitar is
unbelievable. With the bridge pickup on, it gives you that
typical Carlton-Schofield 335 sound, but with the added
richness of spruce. In the neck position, it sounds just
like a big fat D'Angelico archtop - the solid spruce top
gives it a remarkable acoustic jazz sound.
It is the guitar of choice of the world's greatest
up-and-coming jazz guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel and this is
what Kurt says about this guitar:
"Iíve always kept an arsenal
of guitars, and have always looked for very specific things
from each - the response and character of each note, the
clarity of each note within a chord, sustain, frequency
range, playability. Iíve often found myself compromising,
sacrificing one quality for another.
that I have the NYSS-3, I feel that Iíve found the single
guitar Iíve been seeking for more than 15 years. It
produces a warm, fat tone, with a lot of front endóthe kind
of tone I need to carry a band and push the music in
different directions without the sound getting in the way.
With every note I can feel the whole instrument resonate
under my fingers.
Iím absorbed in playing, I donít want to be distracted by
the guitar, and with the DíAngelico, I can trust the
workmanship, I can trust it to always stay in tune and
always give me the sound I need."
Selected Maple neck with
Ivory neck binding
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Mother of Pearl inlays
Mother of pearl D'Angelico Logo and New Yorker inlays on
Rosewood overlay with Mother of pearl diamond inlay on
back of headstock
Multi-ply black and white binding
Grover Imperial Machines
Small size, New Yorker Style 14.75" body with single
cutaway finished in Natural
1.75" body depth
German spruce top
Flamed maple back and sides
Multi-ply black and white binding on body and F holes
Two humbucking Kent Armstrong pickups mounted on guitar
2 volume, 2 tone controls
3 position toggle selector witch
1/4" output jack
Adjustable "tune-o-matic" type bridge
New Yorker style tailpiece
New Yorker style stairstep tortoise-shell pickguard with
black and white binding