The Collings Jumbo, or CJ, is Collings' version of the classic slope-shouldered dreadnought, a shape that has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years. While the CJ is similar in width and depth to the traditional dreadnought, it has a distinctly different tone. Despite its large size this model works well with the optional shorter string scale, resulting in a somewhat percussive bottom end ideal for acoustic blues or other styles that benefit from a more controlled bass response. Of all the Collings body shapes, this is the one most often requested with a sunburst top finish, as this guitar beautifully demonstrates.
This gorgeous Collings CJ Mh features a Mahogany top with a custom full body sunburst, combined with Mahogany back and sides. This is an absolutely wonderful sounding instrument. The Mahogany top provides for more sustain, slower attack, as you would expect from a heavier top. Mahogany tops make for a friendly, sweet guitar that does not amplify mistakes. The Mahogany back and sides are perfect for players who find rosewood too boomy. Lead players will appreciate the enhanced note definition and clarity, especially through the midrange frequencies.
This guitar excels at fingerstyle playing while also providing great projection and depth when strummed and flatpicked. The all-mahogany construction provides a clear, woody, dry and airy tone that is very balanced and smooth thanks to the masterful voicing.
This Collings CJ Mh Mahogany and Mahogany with Full Body Sunburst is simply appointed in a tortoise bound body, an ebony fretboard and headstock overlay, finished off with Nickel Waverly tuners with Ebony buttons. The 1 11/16" standard nut width has been upgraded to a 1 3/4" nut for easier fingering of chord shapes.
We are also a big fan of leaving the tongue brace out of these instruments. As people search for the mythical tone of old guitars, this brace comes into scrutiny. Martin added the tongue brace in 1940 and it has become standard every since. The absence of a tongue brace frees the top to allow enhanced vibration and results in a richer, fuller, tone with more low end resonance. It is speculated that Martin added the brace to prevent top cracking, but the years have proven this to have been unnecessary and actually decreases resonation.
This guitar has been equipped with the K and K Pure Mini pickup. The Pure Mini is an award-winning, signature pickup for steel string acoustic guitars. The Pure Mini is a 3-head, bridge plate transducer. It features super balanced, flat sound transmission, warm woody tone without any quack and superior dynamic range all over the guitar's frequency spectrum. Our customers tell us that the Pure Mini's output is louder than any other passive pickup on the market.
Bridge plate transducers are the optimal choice for achieving a rich, natural guitar sound. The Pure's position on the bridge plate provides the perfect balance of sound, picking up all the strings without sounding harsh or percussive and "listening" to the sound board to amplify the unique characteristics of your guitar. The result is a warm, full-range signal that sounds great even without a preamp!
Additionally, the owner of this guitar, Jim Lauderdale is featured in the following video playing this instrument while on tour with Buddy Miller. 2012 OFFICIAL Americana Awards - Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale "I Lost My Job Of Loving You"
This 2012 Collings CJ Mh Mahogany and Mahogany with Full Body Sunburst is in excellent condition with only a few dents and surface scratches which we have attempted to capture in the detailed photos below. It has minor fretwear and includes the original Collings hardshell case.
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Please take a moment to view the video below which outlines the process Colling's uses to create this guitars gorgeous custom Sunburst finish.