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Collings SoCo Deluxe Hog Top

Collings SoCo Deluxe Hog Top

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All that Colling's guitar goodness and it only weighs 6.95 lbs! This is the first mahogany top SoCo Deluxe that we have had in the shop. And what really kills about this guitar are the dog-eared P90s. The guitar has such a wonderfully honest character with these pickups. They’re custom wound, and the guitar is rich and woody and warm and blistery all in one package. It’s deeply organic, with a bite and sensitivity to it that reminds one of a really great vintage guitar.

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Named after Austin’s funky and eclectic South Congress Avenue, the SoCo 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.  Perfectly at home if you’re playing jazz, rock, blues or funk.

CRAIG'S POV

This is the first mahogany top SoCo Deluxe that I have had in the shop. What really impresses and moves me, besides the elegant esthetic, is the wooly warmth that mahogany gives to the sound of this design. By wooly, I don’t mean undefined. It’s that there is something Gibson '50s about it, something I find difficult to explain. It’s deeply organic, with a bite and sensitivity to it that reminds me of a really great of vintage guitar. Sort of what a maple top would be like after 50 or 60 years of breathing, living and playing. It's got character. There is nothing sterile or bland going on here.

And what really kills me about this guitar – and I mean KILLS me - are the dog-eared P90s. The guitar has such a wonderfully honest character with these pickups. They’re custom wound, and the guitar is rich and woody and warm and blistery all in one package.

Collings spared nothing when it came to the select woods for this guitar. Honestly, I feel that this fingerboard is made with the nicest select Madagascar to come out of Bill Collings shop. It’s so rich and figured that Collings chose not to put an inlay on it. This is clearly a case where you let the wood speak for itself!

As far as the feel goes, it has that crazy good Collings '50s style neck contour. And of course, the fret work and finish detail are done to a typically superior Collings standard. All that Colling's guitar goodness and it only weighs 6.95 lbs!

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.

Top and bodypremium mahogany and semi-hollow mahogany
Center block and neckinset maple and mahogany
Top/back/neck/peghead bindinggrained ivoroid
F-holesslim contour
Finishhigh gloss tobacco sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer
Headstocksingle-bound "haircut"
Headstock angle15 degrees
Peghead overlayebony with inlaid Collings logo
Fingerboardpremium figured Madagascar rosewood
Neck jointlong mortise and tenon w/contoured heel
Frets22 medium 18% nickel-silver, neck joins the body at the 16th
Neck shapemedium-Fat "C", .86-1st fret .96- 10th fret
Fingerboard radius12"
Nut1 11/16" bone
Scale length24 7/8"
Truss rodfully adjustable
Knobsblack top hat
Pickupsdual Lollar P-90s
Wiring scheme1950s style
Toggle switch and output jackSwitchcraft
Bridge and tailpieceTonepros AVR-II
TunersNickel Gotoh SG301 w/ vintage-style buttons 1:18 ratio
CaseCollings deluxe hardshell by Ameritage
Weight6.95 lbs
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