Collings CJ35 SB German Spruce and Mahogany Short Scale
The pre-war era of American flattop guitar making has come to be known as "golden" for a reason. Lauded for its short but brilliant periods of construction innovation, the years from 1930-1942 were filled with new instrument runs that featured bracing, fret access and body dimension changes that would define the features and sounds of the modern acoustic guitar. Emerging out of our fascination with this era of guitar making history, We are proud to introduce the Collings CJ35. Available with a mahogany back and slope-shouldered body, this new variation of the CJ model incorporates a non-scalloped bracing configuration featuring three tone bars and a short 24 7/8" scale length.
This new design provides the CJ35 with a beautiful balance of deep piano-like bass and powerful full-bodied highs, complimented by a focused dynamic range for exceptionally even note projection. As a result, the CJ35 is one of Colling's most versatile large-bodied guitars, well suited to both fingerstyle and strumming techniques.
This Collings CJ35 features a custom German Spruce top paired with Mahogany back and sides. We love German Spruce here at Artisan because it not only offers a rich and complex tone, but is versatile for many different playing styles. German Spruce offers exceptional stiffness together with low weight making the tops more responsive. We often find German to be a perfect compromise between Sitka and Adirondack, since it responds so well to fingerstyle playing and also holds up to a heavy pick attack.
This instrument features a 24 7/8" scale, lessening overall string tension for ease of fretting with your left hand while providing a quick response to light attack with your right hand. The sound is compressed significantly and the short scale makes me feel like a real guitar player. It’s really amazing what a fraction of an inch can do, giving you easier reach and less tension.
Additional appointments include the Wenge (African Rosewood) fretboard and bridge, nickel Waverly tuners with Ivoroid buttons, Ivoroid body binding and matching rosette, Ivoroid bridge pins and custom varnish finish.
Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the custom varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more, significantly smoothing out the mids and highs while extending the low end considerably. The tonal qualities produced by the varnish finish are amazing, especially when compared side by side to a guitar without it.
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Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
Top Wood: German Spruce
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 24 7/8"
Bracing: Pre-war non-scalloped Adirondack bracing with 3 tone bars
Inlays: Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Simple ivoroid rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany neck
Fretboard: African Rosewood fingerboard 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 5/16" string spacing
Bridge: African Rosewood Straight Style Bridge
Bridge Pins: Ivoroid
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with ivoroid buttons and 16:1 ratio
Body Binding: Ivoroid top & back
Fretboard Binding: Unbound
Headstock Binding: Unbound
Backstrip: 1-Style Walnut Backstrip
Headstock Shape: Collings Haircut Peghead 15 degree headstock angle
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Mother of Pearl Collings Logo inlay
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Vintage inspired neck profile
Body Depth: 4 7/8"
Lower Bout Width: 16"
Body Length: 20 1/8"
Total Length: 41"
Case: Collings Deluxe Hard-shell Case
Misc. 1: 15 Degree Headstock Angle
Misc. 2: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Misc. 3: Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
Misc. 4: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
Misc. 5: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 6: Sunburst Top
Misc. 7: Abbreviated tongue brace
Misc. 8: Varnish Finish
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