Collings I-35 Faded Cherry Maple Top and Lollar Humbuckers
Bill Collings' and his shop in Austin, Texas has been building some of the finest acoustic guitars for decades and has recently turned his attention to electric guitars. The result has been nothing short of astonishing. He has reinvigorated the industry with his take on classic design. The I-35 is Collings' reinterpretion of the semi-hollow body, two-pickup guitar. The first Collings I 35 in Tiger Eye Burst in our shop did not last long and we are privileged to have the first in a very special custom "Faded Cherry" finish.
While the rest of the industry at large uses pressed plywood for their backs, and bent sides, Collings carves the back and sides from one single slab of Mahogany. This preserves the "look" of a semi-hollow bodied guitar while providing noticeable sonic differences to the player's ears. The top is carved from a mineral flamed piece of book matched maple. This not only looks more like the "original" late 50's and early 60's instruments, but more importantly, sounds like an older guitar.
Collings collaborates with Jason Lollar for all their pickup designs. While the particular pickups they use are specially wound to Collings specifications, they are very near in design to the Lollar standard Imperial Humbucking models. Lollar manages to capture the airy top end, tight lows, balanced midrange, and complex overtones of the best original PAF pickups.
In reviews, they are consistently given high marks for their balanced frequency response. Unbalanced coils keep the bottom end tight for the intense richness the pickups provide, as overtones build after each note is played. Alnico 5 magnets are de-gaussed to specific levels, unique to the neck and bridge positions.
The sound Collings has developed with these pickups can certainly be described as mature. The neck position pushes out a lovely warmth and depth – ideal for jazz chording or chunky blues. None of the pesky midrange honkiness that can be found with bridge humbuckers is present. The bridge pickup is certainly hotter and more aggressive, but maintains full-bodied presence without any harshness. One reviewer had this to say about the pickups, "As they're pushed, they react with a smooth compression without becoming excessively bright."
The mahogany neck is superior quality wood and topped off with an East Indian Rosewood fretboard with vintage style "dot" inlays. The profile is a comfortable "C" shape with rounded edges, giving it a wonderful, broken in feel. Leaving no detail untouched, the bridge and tailpiece are Tone-pros locking style, and the Gotoh tuners have grained-ivoroid buttons. You owe it to yourself to come in and plug this guitar into any of our Carr amplifiers and finally stop searching for the "tone", it has arrived!
- Custom Faded Cherry Finish
- Premium Maple Top
- Semi-Hollow Mahogany Body
- Fully Carved Top with F-Holes
- Inset Alder Center Block
- Dot Inlays
- Indian Rosewood Fretboard
- 12" Fingerboard Radius
- High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
- Humbucking Pickups by Jason Lollar
- Grained Ivoroid Bindings
- Black Knobs and Skirts
- Hand Set Mortise and Tenon Neck Joint
- Gotoh Tuners with Vintage-Style buttons
- Tone Pros Locking Bridge and Tailpeice
- Body Length: 17 5/8"
- Body Depth: 2"
- Lower Bout Width: 15"
- Total Length: 40"
- Scale Length: 24 7/8"
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Weight: 6.4 Lbs.
- Serial: 10518