Collings I35 Deluxe Premium Quilt Top Scarlet Sunburst 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."
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.
This guitar has some custom appointments made to it. These appointments include a Premium Quilted Maplt top over a Mahogany body, Black/White Top Purfling, Parallelogram Fingerboard inlays, Scarlet Sunburst Finish, Lollar Low Wind Imperoal PAF pickups and a Strap Button mounted on back of the heel.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Premium Quilted Maple
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Scale: 24 7/8"
Bracing: Inset maple center block
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood 12" Fingerboard radius
Nut Material: Bone
Tuners: Nickel Gotoh SG301 tuners w/ vintage-style buttons 1:18 ratio
Purfling: Black/White top
Body Binding: Grained ivoroid
Fretboard Binding: Grained ivoroid
Headstock 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): Lollar Low Wind Imperial PAF Humbuckers
Pickup Controls: Custom ivoroid pickup rings and top hat knobs
Case: Deluxe Ameritage Case
Misc. 1: Semi-Hollow Construction with Maple Center Block
Misc. 2: CTS 500K pots and Xicon caps
Misc. 3: Scarlet Sunburst Finish
Misc. 4: Slim contour F-holes
Misc. 5: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 8: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish