Collings CJ Adirondack Spruce and Indian Rosewood with Varnish Finish ID-6973
Collings CJ Adirondack Spruce and Indian Rosewood with Varnish Finish
The Collings Jumbo, or CJ, is Colling's version of the classic slope-shouldered dreadnought, a shape that has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years for its notable versatility and power. Adirondack Spruce drives the top on this monster with plenty of upgrades such as no tongue brace, flourish peghead, 1 3/4" nut width and a hand-rubbed varnish finish.
On an open strum, the words clarity and richness come right to mind. The trebles are clean and defined without overpowering the overall richness of the bottom-end. Adirondack Spruce on the top with Pre-war scalloped bracing makes this guitar incredibly powerful with virtually unlimited headroom and plenty of Adirondack crispness. The slope shoulder design allows this guitar to be played fingerstyle as well without sacrificing any flatpicking demands you could throw at this instrument. Volume will not be a problem with this guitar in a jam session... it will dominate other string band instruments!
As if those features weren't enough, this guitar was finished with Collings' hand-rubbed varnish. Varnish is a softer and therefore more flexible finish material and allows the instrument to vibrate more freely and can produce a more responsive instrument with a greater depth of tone. The varnish process takes a lot more time, both in application and drying... the difference in tone, however, makes the process worth the trouble. The varnish creates a faster response with warmer trebles and a greater overall dynamic range. The low end is amplified while maintaining stunning clarity and definition.
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.
- Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
- Serial: 20306
- Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
- Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Bracing: Pre-war scalloped bracing
- Inlays: Dot fingerboard inlays
- Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners
- Purfling: B/W
- Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
- Fretboard Binding: Grained ivoroid binding
- Headstock Binding: Grained ivoroid bindin
- Pickguard: Tiger Stripe
- Backstrip: Multi-color mosaic backstrip
- Headstock Shape: Solid Haircut
- Headstock Inlay: Flourish Peghead Inlay
- Frets To Body: 14
- Body Depth: 4 7/8"
- Lower Bout Width: 16"
- Body Length: 20 1/8"
- Total Length: 41"
- Case: Hardshell Case Included
- Misc. 1: No Tongue Brace
- Misc. 2: Varnish Finish