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  It plays even better than it looks.
  Made in 2011.   Still being made but in very small numbers.    Only the lining in the case has changed and the label.
  I love the Violinburst.   It is nitro-cellulose not stain so the finish is unbelievable.
  Stunning from every angle.
  The craftsmanship we have come to expect from Vestax.
  .......  and still sporting its protective film on pickups and pickguard

DíAngelico NYSS-3b.

 The Holy Grail of semi-acoustics.



Designed 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.

Built only in very small numbers,  for the Japanese market only, this guitar is no longer sold in the UK, Europe or the USA.    

Made with choice woods and finished in Violinburst,  with Gold hardware, this is absolutely New!     It still has its protective film on the pickguard and pickups!!    Perfect for a collector and a true playerís delight!     

It is set-up with an incredibly low, fast action.    A joy to look at and to hold and breathtaking to play.


I have owned several Vestax D'Angelicos (acoustic, electric and semi) 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 amazing guitars.

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.

Now 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.

When 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
  • 24.75" scale
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16"
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • Mother of Pearl inlays
  • Mother of pearl D'Angelico Logo and New Yorker inlays on headstock
  • Rosewood overlay with Mother of pearl diamond inlay on back of headstock
  • Multi-ply black and white binding
  • Grover Imperial Machines

Semi-Hollow body

  • Small size, New Yorker Style 14.75" body with single cutaway finished in Violinburst
  • 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 pickups mounted on guitar
  • 2 volume, 2 tone controls
  • 3 position toggle selector witch
  • 1/4" output jack
  • Adjustable "tune-o-matic" type bridge
  • Gold hardware
  • New Yorker style tailpiece
  • New Yorker style stairstep tortoise-shell pickguard with black and white binding
  More pics available on request.