Collings City Limits Gold Top
Bill Collings has been making some of the most highly regarded acoustic guitars in the world for quite some time, so when he decided to build electric guitars, musicians were chomping at the bit to see what would happen. The flawless construction, the incredible attention to detail, and the Collings quality are all here. Collings has redesigned a classic guitar with players in mind and the now famous meticulous construction, and attention to detail is nothing short of astonishing. This custom City Limits with a Flamed Maple top, is the ultimate Les Paul and with Lollar Humbuckers, this guitar was born for rock and roll!
From Collings' website: "Crafted with the finest seasoned maple and Honduran mahogany, the CL is built for tone. Lightweight, resonant mahogany combined with a carefully hand-set mortise and tenon neck joint bring tonal complexity and sustain to the table in spades. Sleekly contoured for comfort and style, we've brought new life to an American classic." We, honestly, could not agree more. The CL is clearly influenced by classic American solidbodies of the past, and to say they hit their mark is an understatement.
The body is cleverly designed with ergonomic contouring at both sides of the waist. This commonly overlooked feature is quite brilliant, making already effortless playability even more comfortable. Weighing in at a just over 8 lb., the Collings City Limits is easy to manage and perfectly balanced. Whether on the stage or in the studio, the CL feels right at home. The neck profile is a well rounded C shape that is unique to the Collings lineup. The neck joint is angled toward the cutaway; following the body lines. This slight change fills your hand in a more natural way, easing the curse that other single cutaway guitars have. Playability is what we have come to expect from a Collings - effortless and untroubled up and down the fingerboard. Combine that with Collings reputation for intonation perfection - and you have a force to be reckoned with.
The beautiful flamed maple top is complimented by a beautiful Custom Gold Top. The contour and shape of this guitar only add to the detail of this finish. Aesthetic balance is a bit of a passion for Mr. Bill Collings, and each of his electrics exhibit their own understated style - unique from model to model. The fit and finish of the Collings City Limits may be astonishing to some - but it is what we have come to expect from the folks at Collings. No detail is left incomplete, yet nothing is overdone or exploited. The body is bound with grained ivoroid, a refreshing change from blindingly stark white plastic. The truss rod cover, tuning buttons, and covers all share this same material - and its one of the many features that set Collings apart.
Collings is renowned for their nitro finishes on acoustic guitars - and the story remains the same here. The finish on the CL is nothing short of perfect - incredibly thin and flat as can be. The thin nitro finish allows this guitar to breathe and resonate like the aged vintage pieces of old. The unplugged acoustic qualities the CL exhibits are simply remarkable. It's the little considerations like this that will satisfy even the most discerning of vintage fans.
ThroBak Maximum Vintage Series Pickups set the new standard in Vintage tone and manufacturing accuracy. The first successful humbucking pickup was the legendary 50's Gibson humbucker known among collectors as the Patent Applied For pickup or by it's acronym P.A.F. Surpassing the specifications of the popular ThroBak Vintage Authentic LTD series pickups the MXV series takes the vintage accurate P.A.F. style reproduction to a new level with Maximum Vintage specifications. The MXV series sets a new standard in vintage Patent Applied For (P.A.F.) tone and manufacturing accuracy.
Our staff have become completely enamored with the sound of these pickups, and have even put them to the test with actual PAF pickups - to which they agree - the Thro-Baks are phenomenal! You have to hear them to believe them - Rich, warm, with a beautiful round note profile, and an almost natural compression, these are the real deal friends, you will not be disappointed. What else would you expect from Collings - nothing but the absolute best!
- Shipping Weight: 68
- Serial: CL12607
- Top Wood: Flame Top
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 24 7/8"
- Inlays: Dots
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
- Nut Material: Bone
- Bridge: TonePros Bridge and Tailpiece
- Tuners: Closed Back Nickel Tuners with Vintage-Style Buttons
- Body Binding: Cream ABS
- Pickguard: Cream
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Headstock Inlay: MOP Collings Logo
- Body Depth: 1 7/8"
- Lower Bout Width: 13 1/2"
- Body Length: 17"
- Total Length: 38 1/2"
- Pickup(s): ThroBak Humbuckers
- Pickup Controls: Amber Top Hat Knobs
- Case: Hardshell Case Included
- Misc. 1: Amber Knobs
- Misc. 2: Gold Top
- Misc. 3: 12" Fingerboard Radius
- Misc. 4: Weight: 8.2 lbs