Collings 290 1959 Faded Crimson ID-6539
Collings 290 1959 Faded Crimson
Bill Collings is admittedly building some of the finest acoustic guitars that have ever been built. When he decided to take on the challenge of building electric guitars, at the onset, this may have seemed an easier task. After all, electric guitars have no bracing, no acoustic waves to study, and acoustic players are known to be a finicky bunch when compared to our electric brethren. Well, 70 prototypes and a year later, he felt he had finally formulated the electric guitar he would want to build. In the process he conceptualized the iconic electric guitar in a new light, developing a new standard for fit, finish, innovation, and most importantly tone!
Like all of their electric models, the Collings 290 is named after a highway that runs through the Austin hill country and takes you to Collings workshop. Although it may look like a traditional model with it's single "Spanish" cutaway and two humbuckers, look a little deeper and appreciate the features this guitar brings to the table.
The Body is crafted from select piece of dense mahogany that has two well thought out ergonomic cuts on the back of the guitar, one for the area where the guitar rests & conforms to your ribcage (in the waist of the body), and the other in the lower bout to accommodate resting on your knew when sitting down. The leg cutout makes practicing or doing a session easy as it conforms to your leg, and the other, makes standing and playing a gig a pleasure as the guitar fits comfortably against your body.
The Neck joint has been uniquely designed to join the body at an angle, allowing easier access to the upper frets. The neck joins at the 17th fret on the bass side, & at the 19th fret on the treble side. The neck is also crafted from select Mahogany that was typically used on the what today is considered investment grade instruments of the 50's and 60's. This dense mahogany offers more mass, more rigidity & continuity from neck through the body. It responds better than any guitar you have may have ever played, and is extremely well balanced in your hands.
This Collings 290 has two select Jason Lollar Imperial pickups that Jason has specially designed for Collings. Lollar manages to capture the airy top end, tight lows, balanced midrange, and complex overtones of the best original PAF pickups. In reviews they are consistently given high marks for their balanced frequency response. Unbalanced coils keep the bottom end tight & full, overtones build after each note is played.
This instrument can be a snarling rock and roll animal, or a crying blues hound dog. The tones that seep out of this beauty are what you have always wanted to hear. Rich, thick but never muddy on the bottom end, chewy midrange, and high end that will cut through the mix on stage, but never harsh.
- Shipping Weight: 68
- Serial: 29012988
- Top Wood: Mahogany
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 24-7/8"
- Inlays: Dots
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
- Nut Material: Nut
- Bridge: Imperial Standard Wind-Bridge
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Pickup(s): 2 X Jason Lollar Humbuckers
- Case: Hardshell Case Included