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Collings SJ Custom German Spruce and Wenge with Adirondack Braces ID-8799


Collings SJ Custom German Spruce and Wenge with Adirondack Braces

The Collings SJ is a version of what is commonly called a small Jumbo. Although the 16 inch lower bout is slightly wider than a dreadnought, and the sides almost as deep, the tight curve at the waist creates in a very different sound chamber.

SJs typically have a more pronounced midrange response when compared to a dreadnought, which translates into more note definition. Players looking for the bass and overall volume of a large guitar, but with lots of treble clarity and midrange crunch, often find just what they need in the curvaceous SJ.

Like most all Collings, this guitar has more than ample volume and presence, which is backed up by a highly versatile custom German Spruce top. German Spruce falls in-between Sitka and Adirondack in terms of stiffness, therefore it is very versatile for many playing styles. It can be soft and sweet or loud and aggressive, all depending on how you play.

This SJ is a natural strummer, with clear chords that sound remarkably balanced with all the power you could ever hope for. Fingerstyle lines are also quite nice, offering a surprising amount of response thanks to the German Spruce top.

To compliment the tonality of the German Spruce, Wenge was chosen as the back and sides for this already amazing guitar. The responiveness is apparent right away and it takes no effort for the mid to high range tones to jump out of this guitar. A low end is present, but in no way overwhelming, allowing the articulation of the mid to high range tones to shine.

Another custom appointment is Adirondack Braces which will add to the already increased responsiveness of the German top.

Hardshell Case Included.

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Collings SJ


Shipping Weight: 68

Serial: 23323

Sold To Customer: Jene Howard Chang

Top Wood: German Spruce

Back Wood: Wenge

Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Scale: 24 7/8"

Bracing: Adirondack Pre-war scalloped bracing

Inlays: Mother of pearl Modern Diamond fretboard & peghead inlay

Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate rosette

Neck Wood: Mahogany

Fretboard: Ebony 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius

Nut Material: Bone

Saddle Material: Bone

Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"

Bridge: Ebony

Bridge Pins: Ebony

Tuners: Nickel Schaller M6 Mini

Purfling: Black/white wood purfling

Body Binding: Grained ivoroid

Fretboard Binding: Grained ivoroid

Headstock Binding: Grained ivoroid

Pickguard: Tigerstrip

Backstrip: 3-style backstrip

Headstock Shape: Double bound "Haircut" headstock

Headstock Overlay: Ebony

Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo

Frets To Body: 14

Neck Profile: Medium-Fat "C" neck profile

Body Depth: 4 1/2"

Lower Bout Width: 16"

Body Length: 20 1/8"

Total Length: 41"

Case: Hardshell Case Included

Misc. 1: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire

Misc. 2: Fully adjustable truss rod

Misc. 3: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish

Misc. 4: Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint