Collings 290 Cream with Tortoise Pickguard Dual Lollar P90 Pickups
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 Soapbar P90-style pickups by Jason Lollar, 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 what today are 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.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Mahogany
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Scale: 24 7/8"
Inlays: Grained Ivoroid Dot Fingerboard Inlays
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood 12" Radius
Nut Material: Bone
Bridge: Tonepros Nashville tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece
Tuners: Nickel Gotoh SG301 tuners w/ vintage-style buttons 1:18 ratio
Body Binding: Unbound
Fretboard Binding: Unbound
Headstock Binding: Unbound
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Headstock Shape: Collings Haircut with 15 degree angle
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Mother of Pearl Collings Logo inlay
Body Depth: 1 5/8"
Lower Bout Width: 13 1/2"
Body Length: 17"
Total Length: 38 1/2"
Pickup(s): Dual Soapbar P90-style Pickups by Jason Lollar
Pickup Controls: Amber or Black Top Hat Knobs
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: Tortoise Style Truss Rod Cover
Misc. 2: 1950's style wiring scheme
Misc. 3: CTS 500K pots and Xicon caps
Misc. 4: Switchcraft toggle switch and output jack
Misc. 5: Recommended string guage - D'Addario EXL-115 (.011"-.049")
Misc. 6: Collings deluxe hardshell case by Ameritage
Misc. 7: Custom Cream Finish