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Collings Custom SJ Sitka Spruce and European Maple ID-7572


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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Collings SJ


Shipping Weight: 68

Serial: 21493

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: Ebony

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