Collings SoCo Deluxe Dark Cherry Sunburst with Lollar Humbuckers ID-5249
Collings SoCo Deluxe Dark Cherry Sunburst with Lollar Humbuckers
Collings’ website has this to say about the Soco Deluxe: Named after Austin’s funky and eclectic South Congress Avenue, the Collings SoCo Deluxe is all about attitude. This model brings in elements from both the I-35 and CL models to create a unique hybrid that is all its own. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? They couldn’t have said it better. The SoCo Deluxe is slightly larger than the I-35, featuring the same Maple/Mahogany combination. There are no laminate woods here; the top is all solid and meticulously carved by hand. Bill Collings has experience in maximizing the peak resonance of each piece of Maple. The fullness and vibratory resonance, even when unplugged, is, well, incredible. Notes are effortlessly articulated, responding to your ever command. The unique hand set mortise and tenon neck joint reflects Bill Collings philosophy – ingenuity and functionality. The angled shape of the joint fits perfectly in your palm. Reaching for the 21st fret is effortless; unlike any electric we’ve played before.
This was ordered with a Dark Cherry Sunburst finish and it is even more beautiful than we could have imagined... complimenting the gorgeous flamed maple top with sweet hues of deep red and orange. A custom black and white purfling borders the top, framing the flamed maple like a custom frame does for a priceless piece of art. A flared headstock at the end of the Rosewood fingerboard completes the package, making this guitar instantly eye-catching... you will be noticed with this guitar!
Collings collaborated 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.
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 other bridge humbuckers is present. The bridge pickup is certainly hotter and more aggressive, but maintains full-bodied presence without any harshness.
- Top: Flamed Maple
- Body: Semi-Hollow Mahogany
- Finish: Dark Cherry Sunburst
- Inset Alder Center Block
- Fully Carved Top with F-Holes
- Pickups: Jason Lollar Humbuckers
- Wiring: 50s Style
- Bridge: Tone Pros
- Tailpiece: Tone Pros
- Custom Ivoroid Knobs and Pickup Rings
- Binding: Grained Ivoroid
- Purfling: Black/White
- Gloss-Finished Mahogany Neck
- Hand Set Mortise and Tenon Neck Joint
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Inlay: Custom Parallelogram
- Fingerboard Radius: 12
- Solid Peghead w/ Ebony Overlay and Flared Headstock
- Closed Back Nickel Tuners with Vintage-Style Buttons
- M.O.P. Collings Logo
- Nut Width: 1-11/16
- Scale Length: 24 7/8
- Lower Bout Width: 15
- Body Length: 19
- Body Depth: 2
- Total Length: 40-1/4
- Serial: 10166