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A Bucky Pizzarelli-Signed D’Angelico Excel EXL-1 is Being Auctioned By the Jazz Foundation of America

(Image credit: D'Angelico Guitars)

Bucky Pizzarelli, the legendary jazz guitarist who passed away (opens in new tab) last month from coronavirus complications at the age of 94, was an avid fan and user of D'Angelico guitars.

Now, to honor the late master, D'Angelico is auctioning a Pizzarelli-signed Excel EXL-1, with all proceeds going to The Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musician’s Emergency Fund, which helps to provide direct financial support and counsel for musicians affected by the virus.

Pizzarelli signed the guitar during a visit to the D'Angelico showroom in New York City in 2016. Pizzarelli's relationship with the company ran incredibly deep - the 1943 D'Angelico Style B guitar that he played throughout his career was refinished by John D'Angelico himself, and Pizzarelli was a frequent visitor to the company's original NYC shop on Kenmare Street.

Prospective buyers can bid on the guitar until May 26 - the top bid is currently $3,750.

For more info on the guitar, or to place a bid yourself, stop by charitybuzz.com (opens in new tab). To donate to the COVID-19 Musician’s Emergency Fund, visit jazzfoundation.org (opens in new tab).

(Image credit: D'Angelico Guitars)
Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.