Collings I-35 in Pelham Blue Finish with Parallelogram Inlay and Lollar Humbuckers ID-11537
Collings I-35 Tobacco Sunburst - Flamed Maple and Mahogany with Lollar Humbuckers
Bill Collings has reinvigorated the industry with his take on classic design. The I-35 is Collings' reinterpretation 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 now privileged to offer a classy Pelham Blue Finish.
The first customer who tried the I-35 model in our shop was glued to it for nearly 3 hours. You can tell just by playing it acoustically that you have something special in your hands. Plugged into one of our Carr amplifiers, this guitar really screams! You can hear every note in every chord all the way up and down the neck and will hear overtones you never noticed before in tunes you've been playing for years. From soft and sweet to thick and dirty, this guitar is up to the task with a sound is clear, focused, and articulate and sustain that goes on for days.
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 collaborated 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 other bridge humbuckers is present. The bridge pickup is certainly hotter and more aggressive, but maintains full-bodied presence without any harshness.
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Top Wood: Maple
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Scale: 24 7/8"
Bracing: Inset maple center block
Inlays: Parallelogram MOP
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Bridge: Kluson ABR-1(nickel-plated zinc w/ retaining wire)
Tuners: Collings w/ Ivoroid Buttons
Body Binding: Ivoroid
Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
Headstock Binding: None
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Neck Profile: C Shape
Body Depth: 2"
Lower Bout Width: 15"
Body Length: 17 5/8"
Total Length: 40"
Pickup(s): Custom Lollar Humbuckers
Pickup Controls: 3 Way switch - 2 Volume - 2 Tone
Case: Original Hardshell Case
Misc. 1: Setup High: 2/32"
Misc. 2: Setup Low E: 3/32"
Misc. 3: Pelham Blue Finish