Pre Owned 2014 Collings CJ35 Sitka Spruce and Mahogany with Varnish
The Collings Jumbo, or CJ, is their interpretation of the classic slope-shouldered dreadnought, a shape that has enjoyed popularity for many years. While the Collings CJ is similar in shape and depth to the traditional dreadnought, it has a distinctly different tone, determined by the rounded shoulders, bridge placement, sound-hole position, body depth, and slightly wider (16") lower bout.
Despite its large size this model works well with the shorter scale lengths, resulting in a somewhat percussive bottom end ideal for acoustic blues or other styles that benefit from a more controlled bass response. The iconic slope dreadnoughts of the 60's were popular for playing styles from finger picking to strumming chords, for blues, ballads, pop, & more... These styles live on today in the modern Americana & roots music movements.
We are pleased to present this Collings CJ35 as a result from a collaboration between Bill Collings and Jim Baggett wherein Collings used one of Mr. Baggett's personal vintage J-35's as the inspiration for a lighter, woodier-sounding slope-shouldered dread. Designed as a short scale classic, the new Collings CJ35 is a powerhouse of a slope shouldered dread, with a focused, mid-range boom and open responsiveness not often found in a new guitar. Take the dry, hollow sound of a great vintage instrument, add a little sparkle and fatness to the trebles, and you'll have some idea of the tone for the new CJ35.
This instrument features a 24 7/8" scale, lessening overall string tension for ease of fretting with your left hand while providing a quick response to light attack with your right hand. The sound is compressed significantly and the short scale makes me feel like a real guitar player. It’s really amazing what a fraction of an inch can do, giving you easier reach and less tension.
In standard specification this new model from Collings features a Select Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. Additional appointments on this wonderful instrument include the Wenge (African Rosewood) fretboard and bridge, Tigerstripe pick guard, nickel Waverly tuners with ivoroid buttons, ivoroid body binding and matching rosette and Ivoroid bridge pins.
Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the custom varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more, significantly smoothing out the mids and highs while extending the low end considerably. The tonal qualities produced by the varnish finish are amazing, especially when compared side by side to a guitar without it.
This Pre Owned 2014 Collings CJ35 Sitka Spruce and Mahogany with Varnish is in excellent + condition with no wear to mention. It has had a strapbutton professionally installed and includes the original hardshell case.
What we know...
The iconic slope dreadnoughts of the 50's and 60's became the gold standard for rhythm players and singer / songwriters. Beyond the folk movement these guitars delivered the goods whether solo or in a mix!
Why it matters...
If you don't have a slope D in your collection, then you owe it to yourself to get one and make it your "Sunday afternoon, kicking back, howling out some Jackson Brown" tunes from the 80's!
What to expect!
Get caught up in the moment... You will be surprised how uplifting and inspirational it can be to sing along with "Hold On Hold Out". Man, those were the days, eh?
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Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Top Wood: Select Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 24 7/8"
Bracing: Pre-war non-scalloped Adirondack bracing with 3 tone bars
Inlays: Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Simple ivoroid rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany neck
Fretboard: African rosewood fingerboard
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 5/16" string spacing
Bridge: African Rosewood Straight Style Bridge
Bridge Pins: Ivoroid
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with ivoroid buttons and 16:1 ratio
Body Binding: Ivoroid top & back
Pickguard: Tigerstripe celluloid pickguard
Backstrip: Style 1 Walnut Backstrip
Headstock Shape: Collings Haircut Peghead 15 degree headstock angle
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Mother of Pearl Collings Logo inlay
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Vintage inspired neck profile
Body Depth: 20 1/8"
Lower Bout Width: 16"
Body Length: 20 1/8"
Total Length: 41"
Pickup(s): K and K Pure Mini
Case: Original Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: 15 Degree Headstock Angle
Misc. 2: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Misc. 3: Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
Misc. 4: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
Misc. 5: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 6: Strap Button Installed
Misc. 7: D'Addario EJ-17 medium gauge strings
Misc. 8: Collings Deluxe Hard-shell Case
Misc. 9: Abbreviated tongue brace
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