Collings Custom 290 Black Doghair Finish and TV Jones Pickups ID-5617
Collings Custom 290 Black Doghair Finish and TV Jones 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 Custom 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 knee 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 particular guitar has a “Doghair” finish on the entire guitar. This is derived from a white grain filler beneath a translucent layer of dark lacquer – that others have attempted to copy, as yet still a secret known only to our friends at Collings Guitars. The grain of the Mahogany has beautiful specks of white set against the natural luster of the body.
This Collings 290 features twin TV Jones Filter-tron Classic pickups, instead of the standard two humbuckers. TV Jones has been building such fine quality reproductions of Gretsch type pickups that they started using his creations in all of their high end guitars. These pickups reproduce the look, feel, and tone of the classic 50's Gretsch guitars heard on many a Nashville session recording. The bridge has "the" twang tone to put all others to shame. Rock-a-billy, country, swing, jazz, and the list can go on and on, this guitar just sounds as good as it feels and looks!
- Shipping Weight: 57
- Serial: 11812
- Top Wood: Mahogany
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 24 7/8"
- Year: 2011
- Inlays: Dots
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Nut Material: Bone
- Bridge: Tone Pros
- Tuners: Nickel with Pearl Buttons
- Pickguard: Pearloid
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Pearloid
- Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
- Pickup(s): TV Jones (2)
- Case: Hardshell Case Included
- Misc. 1: Black Doghair Finish