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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Shipping Weight: 68
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 Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Schaller M6 Mini
Purfling: Black/white wood purfling
Body Binding: Grained ivoroid
Fretboard Binding: Grained ivoroid
Headstock Binding: Grained ivoroid
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