Collings I 35 LC Walnut Finish Guitar ID-9823
Collings I 35 LC Walnut Finish
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 top, back and sides are made from a 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.
This guitar has been customized with a gorgeous Walnut finish, Ivoroid Body Binding, and the outstanding Lollar Humbuckers.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Maple
Back Wood: Maple
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Scale: 24 7/8"
Bracing: Inset maple center block
Inlays: MOP Dots
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood 12" Fingerboard radius
Nut Material: Bone
Tuners: Nickel Gotoh SG301 tuners w/ vintage-style buttons 1:18 ratio
Body Binding: Grained ivoroid
Headstock Shape: Collings Haircut Peghead
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Neck Profile: Medium-Fat "C" neck shape
Body Depth: 1 5/8"
Lower Bout Width: 15"
Body Length: 17 5/8"
Total Length: 40"
Pickup(s): Dual Lollar Imperial Humbucker Pickups
Pickup Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3 way Switch
Case: Deluxe Ameritage Case
Misc. 1: Semi-Hollow Construction with Maple Center Block
Misc. 2: CTS 500K pots and Xicon caps
Misc. 4: Slim contour F-holes
Misc. 5: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 8: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish