Collings SJ Sitka Spruce and European Maple
The SJ is Collings' version of what is commonly called a Small Jumbo. Although the 16 inch lower bout is slightly wider than a dreadnought, and the sides almost as deep, the tight curve at the waist creates in a very different sound chamber. SJs typically have a more pronounced midrange response when compared to a dreadnought, which translates into more note definition. Players looking for the bass and overall volume of a large guitar, but with lots of treble clarity and midrange crunch, often find just what they need in the curvaceous Collings SJ.
This Collings SJ features a Sitka Spruce top combined with Maple Back and Sides. This guitar has a very warm, yet defined bass response with very present clear trebles. We chose to use the standard Sitka bracing to allow for a more responsive top, while still retaining the power, clarity, and punch that Collings' guitars are known for.
This guitar has a monstrous overall sound, while still maintaining a even balance across the spectrum. We found it incredibly easy to strum, fingerpick, play jazz chord melodies, flat pick, you name it. It was described by one of our player's as; "being able to level a city block!"
The custom appointments on this Custom SJ are long dot fingerboard inlays, nickel waverly tuners, and the standard 1 11/16" standard nut width has been upgraded to a 1 3/4" for easier fingering of chord shapes.
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Shipping Weight: 68
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: European Maple
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Pre-war scalloped bracing
Inlays: Long dots fingerboard and peghead inlays
Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate rosette
Neck Wood: Flame Maple
Fretboard: Ebony 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly
Purfling: Black/white wood strip purfling
Body Binding: Tortoise-style binding
Fretboard Binding: Tortoise
Headstock Binding: Tortoise
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Backstrip: 3-Style Backstrip
Headstock Shape: Collings Haircut
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings logo
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Medium-Fat "C" neck profile
Body Depth: 4 1/2"
Lower Bout Width: 16"
Body Length: 20 1/8
Total Length: 41"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
Misc. 2: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish