The original New Yorker design took the standard jazz "dance band" guitar to new heights. Jazz guitarists of the time demanded a huge acoustic tone for rhythm guitar use, making the large 17" and 18" widths popular. Later, the development of the "floating" humbucking pickup made it possible for guitarists to "step up to the mic" and take a solo, just like the legendary jazz horn players. Duplicating the ample proportions of the 20th century classic, the New Yorker NYL-4 has a wider 18" body width, with the full 3"depth of classic archtops. Using the same select German spruce, highly-figured maple and ebony tonewoods, lavish appointments and functional electronics at the top-selling NYL-2, the New Yorker NYL-4 makes an unmistakably big sonic and visual statement.