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Collings SJ German Spruce and Indian Rosewood ID - 5203


Collings SJ German Spruce and Indian Rosewood

The SJ is Collings' 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 boast a tremendous volume and mid-range response. The beautiful thing about this guitar is it's surprising bass response. 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 Collings SJ.

This guitar features a German Spruce top, one of our favorite choices for topwood. German Spruce has a stiffness to weight ratio that falls somewhere between Sitka and Adirondack, making it an ideal compromise for many playing styles. German is stiff enough to handle heavy flatpicking, but also responds very well to fingerstyle players as well. When built with Indian Rosewood back and sides, it produces a lush low end that is clear and powerful.


  • Top: German Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Pre-war Scalloped Bracing
  • Purfling: Black/White/Black
  • Rosette: Grained Ivoroid
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Style
  • Fingerboard Material: Ebony
  • Bone Nut and Saddle
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Modern Diamond
  • Double-Bound Fingerboard and Peghead
  • Ebony Bridge with Drop-In Saddle
  • Solid Peghead w/ Rosewood Overlay
  • Collings Headstock Logo w/ Modern Diamond Inlay
  • Nickel Waverly Tuners
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4"
  • Scale: 25 1/2
  • Lower Bout Width: 16
  • Body Length: 20 1/8
  • Body Depth: 4 1/2
  • Total Length: 41
  • Serial: 17402