(NEW) Like all premium builders, Collings has embraced torrefaction as a means of bringing a vintage character out of a new guitar, right out of the box. This process, wherein the top is “baked” in an oxygen-free environment to reduce the moisture and volatile elements in the wood structure, always seems to create a guitar with a slightly warmer sound, a quicker response and the “played in” feel that players long for.
This custom order has a baked Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Collings’ “Vintage Now” neck profile (a slightly beefier, vintage-inspired shape) with 1 3/4″ nut and 2 5/16″ string spacing at the saddle) and the delightful “Style 3″ marquetry backstrip. It’s also a short scale instrument (24.875”).
The sound is markedly mellow and round for a brand new Collings, dry and woody for days but with the midrange sparkle that we expect from the brand.
Includes TKL hardshell case.
List Price: $4,525… AMW Price: $4,075