Collings City Limits Custom Aged
Price: $$4,700 ($5,225 list)
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The guitar sounds wonderful. It's very touch sensitive and has a great dynamic range. The eastern maple top along with the ThroBaks really go a long way in achieving that tasteful, classic late '50s voice. Collings included a perfect quartersawn non-slotted lightweight Honduran mahogany body, originally set aside for an artist and lastly, the mahogany neck profile has been refined with reduced shoulders and added fingerboard rollover.
For the last several years I've been offering several Collings electric models with customized options like fingerboard binding, eastern maple tops, aged hardware, pickguards and ThroBak pickups in order to achieve a more vintage vibe. Well, it seems that my friends at Collings have been listening. They've formalized those options and then some, and have introduced a new finish format which they call "New Aged." All I can say is that I'm deeply impressed! The finishes are perfectly in line with my taste: sort of a "closet classic" relic, not overly distressed, just the right recipe here to warm up the look and feel for that vintage-like panache. To top it off, they even wired their electronic harness with vintage capacitors. The guitar sounds wonderful. It's very touch sensitive and has a great dynamic range. The eastern maple top along with the ThroBaks really go a long way in achieving that tasteful, classic late '50s voice. To top off the specialness of this CL, I had Collings add parallelogram inlays to the rosewood fingerboard. And if that wasn’t enough, Collings had a perfect quartersawn non-slotted lightweight Honduran mahogany body, originally set aside for an artist, that I was able to procure for this guitar. Lastly, the mahogany neck profile has been refined with reduced shoulders and added fingerboard rollover. Feels exactly like the real deal to me.
This is true solid body guitar excellence; light weight with a wonderfully rich resonance. You’d be hard pressed to find a better sounding and playing LP style guitar than this particular CL.
If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.
ABOUT COLLINGS GUITARS
Bill Collings moved from Ohio to Texas in the mid 1970’s. Spurred by a lack of interest in medical school, this move enabled him to combine lifelong interests in both guitars and tools into the challenge of stringed instrument building and repair. After a couple of years in Houston, several guitars and a few banjos later, he headed west to southern California. Making it only as far as Austin, where he shared shops with fellow luthiers Tom Ellis and Mike Stevens. From there, he set up his own small shop in a wooden "one car" garage. His reputation for outstanding quality and meticulous attention to detail quickly spread. In 1989, he rented a 1000 square foot space and hired two helpers. Fast forward to present day where Collings craftsmanship is respected by professional and amateur musicians alike…anyone on the quest for quality. Some of these include artists; Keith Richards, Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend, Emmylou Harris, Andy Summers, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Joni Mitchell, Don Felder, John Sebastian, Lou Reed, John Fogerty, Tim O'Brien, Pete Huttlinger, Kenny Smith, Brian May, Joan Baez, John Prine, Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap, and Steven Spielberg to name a few. You owe it to yourself to try one.
|Body||premium solid (non-slotted) Honduran mahogany|
|Top||flame eastern maple|
|Finish||aged ice tea nitrocellulose|
|Nut width||1 11/16"|
|Fingerboard binding||aged ivroid|
|Finish and hardware||aged|
|Electronics||'50s wiring and '50s caps|
|Pickups||ThroBak SLE-101 neck and bridge|