#106  D'ANGELICO  NYSS-3b FM.    Flame Maple Top.
  It plays even better than it looks.
  Made in 2015 but being made only in very small numbers. 
  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 the Terada made D'Angelicos.

DíAngelico NYSS-3b FM.

 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.

The FM  (Flame Maple Top)  is the first "New Model" since the NYSS-3b was introduced in 1997.    Built only in very small numbers,  so far only ten have been made in Violinburst.    

Perfect for a collector and a true playerís delight!     



I have owned several Vestax and Crews 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 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 Flame Maple 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