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Collings CJ Maple Sunburst, 2004

Collings CJ Maple Sunburst, 2004

Price: $8,750

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Preowned 2004, near mint

This pre-owned CJ beauty is a rare find, crafted in the legendary Collings acoustic tradition. It’s a unique and wonderful instrument. Like a fine wine, age has enhanced all the innate wonders of this stunning maple body 2004 CJ. Put simply, it’s a guitar that can hold its own against the finest bespoke guitars on the market, past or present. This CJ is Bill Collings' example of everything a slope-shouldered dreadnought should be.

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CRAIG'S POV

This pre-owned CJ beauty is a rare find, crafted in the legendary Collings acoustic tradition. It’s a unique and wonderful instrument. Like a fine wine, age has enhanced all the innate wonders of this stunning maple body 2004 CJ.

Some standouts: Its stunning full-body sunburst beauty, awesomely versatile sound, and superbly comfortable and playable neck. It was very well cared for and shows barely any signs of being played (a few light scuff marks here and there), making it a valuable addition to any collection. To top it off, the sound hole label is signed by Bill Collings himself.

Put simply, it’s a guitar that can hold its own against the finest bespoke guitars on the market, past or present. This CJ is Bill Collings' example of everything a slope-shouldered dreadnought should be.

The sound quality of this guitar is truly exceptional. The 25 1/2" scale length combined with the CJ-size body imparts a rich, woody, robust tone. The lows are full of character and power. The highs ring true and clear, adding a pleasing, crisp, and transparent element to the sound. This maple body beauty delivers a punchy present midrange throughout its sonic range. This is one musical acoustic guitar, and I love it.

The fit, finish, and playability are what we have come to expect from the fine folks at Collings. This preowned beauty is simply a righteous guitar, ready to go and ready to be a guitar you’ll hold dear.

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.

Serial number9071 (signed by Bill Collings, year 2002)
Conditionnear mint, with a few tiny finish scuffs
TopSitka spruce w/ Sitka spruce bracing
Brace patternpre-war scalloped X-brace
Back, sides & neckmaple
Body bindingivoroid with b/w/b/w/b purfling (backstrip 3-style, chevron)
Fingerboard & peghead binding.100" ivoroid with b/w purfling
Scale length25 1/2"
Neck profileC-shape
Truss rodfully adjustable
Neck jointmortise & tenon hybrid
Fingerboardebony with MOP long dots
Fingerboard radius14" - 26" compound
Fretsmedium 18% nickel-silver
Nutbone, 1 11/16"
Bridgeebony belly-style with 2 3/16" spacing
Bridge pins/end pinebony with MOP dot
Saddlebone, drop-in
Peghead profile/veneerhaircut / ebony with MOP Collings logo
TunersWaverly, nickel
Rosetteivoroid with b/w purfling
Finishhigh gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, full body sunburst
Pickguardtortoise
Casedeluxe hardshell case by TKL
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