D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Review & Prices

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  • From D'Angelico's 2021 Premier series
  • Fabrizio Sotti Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Laminated Flame Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Duncan Designed HB-101 Zebra (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Duncan Designed HB-102 Zebra (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Black Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • C-Shape Set neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Grover 109 Super Rotomatic tuners
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  • From D'Angelico's 2021 Premier series
  • Fabrizio Sotti Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Laminated Flame Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Duncan Designed HB-101 Zebra (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Duncan Designed HB-102 Zebra (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Black Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • C-Shape Set neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Grover 109 Super Rotomatic tuners
  • Compare Specs >

Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 75
Sound 62
Build quality 59
Value for money 70
Overall Score 65
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS
  • Expensive Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Videos

Fabrizio Sotti Shows Off His Signature Deluxe SS at #NAMM2020 | D'Angelico Guitars
Fabrizio Sotti :: D’Angelico Guitar :: NAMM Show :: 1/26/19 | 5PM PT
Fabrizio Sotti presents his new D'Angelico Signature guitar
Fabrizio Sotti “Alone Together” Solo Guitar
Fabrizio Sotti @ D'Angelico Guitars at Winter NAMM 2017
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Price: is the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $850, which means that the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS costs around 18% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Indonesia.

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Not all guitars are created equal, and there are many important things they won't tell you about the guitar you're buying. That's why it's important to have different opinions. Here's what our visitors who have played this guitar say. If you've played it before, help others by voting for your experience below.

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Is The D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Easy to Play?

The D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Short scale

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS's 25" scale length compared to other common sizes:

D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Scale Length Comparison
D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale found in most PRS guitars, and it's right between the length of most Stratocasters and Les Pauls.

The scale length will affect the separation of the frets, the string tension, and even the tone of the guitar. The longer the scale, the more separated the frets are, which makes it a bit harder to move fast on the fretboard. Also, the higher tension of the strings will make them feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength. However, a longer scale also allows you to lower the action of the strings and make them closer to the fretboard, which makes them easier to press. Finally, the tone will also sound brighter with a longer scale.

A 25'' scale makes all of this feel right between a Stratocaster (longer scale) and a Les Paul (shorter scale).

Don't forget that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge.

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Neck Profile

D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Neck Profile
D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS has a 16" fingerboard radius. Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This fretboard radius is really different than Stratocasters, but it's also a lot flatter than Les Paul fingerboards. It'll heavily favor soloing over playing chords. This doesn't mean you can't use it for chords, but it will be more comfortable to play chords without muting strings in a more curved fretboard. Bending and sliding without losing sustain will also be more likely in a flat fretboard like this one.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

25'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
16'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Nut Width
D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Nut Width

The D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS has a nut width of 42.9mm (1.688''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

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Frets

The D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Fret Size Comparison
D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 75
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75

Does the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood Used in the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS

Flame Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Flame Maple Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

Flame Maple Body: This wood has beautiful patterns only found in specific types of maple.

Maple Neck: This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Ebony Fretboard: This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

Pickups

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with pickups from one of the top brands. This doesn't mean you will get bad pickups, but you might want to consider a pickup upgrade after some time.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS pickups switch and push knobs diagram
D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS's switch options

What music genre is the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS good for?

As a 6 strings, Hollowbody guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 60
Sustain 70
Versatility 54
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 62

How well is the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Built?

Where is the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS is made in Indonesia. Many people prefer the quality of an Indonesian guitar over a Chinese. Respectable brands like Epiphone, Ibanez and Schecter are building in this country because of the great quality and lower price. Some people like to compare them to the ones built in Japan during the 80s, when Japanese guitar makers made a name for themselves.

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Bridge

Black Tune-O-Matic: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS has a Plastic nut. This is a low-quality nut that you might want to consider upgrading soon. Bone and TUSQ nuts are the best for guitars with a fixed or simple tremolo bridge.

Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 51
Features 55
Quality Control 70
Build Quality 59

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D'Angelico Premier Fabrizio Sotti SS Specs

General
Brand: D'Angelico
Year: 2021
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: Indonesia
Series: Premier
Colors: Blue
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Laminated Flame Maple
Bridge: Black Tune-O-Matic
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Grover 109 Super Rotomatic
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Maple
Decoration: White Pearloid Block
Scale Size: 25"
Shape: C-Shape
Frets: 22 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 16"
Nut: Plastic
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Speed
Volume Controls: 2
Tone Controls: 2
Bridge Pickup: Duncan Designed HB-101 Zebra (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Duncan Designed HB-102 Zebra (Humbucker / Passive)

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