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Collings SoCo Tobacco Burst Mahogany

Collings SoCo Tobacco Burst Mahogany

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The guitar has such a wonderfully honest character with these dog-eared P90s pickups. They’re custom wound, and the guitar is rich and woody and warm and blistery all in one package. You'll be really impressed with the wooly warmth that mahogany gives to the sound of this design. It's not undefined. It’s that there is something Gibson '50s about - it’s deeply organic.

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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.


There’s something about the word "standard" that’s always bothered me – in that it implies that what you’re getting isn’t quite as good as a “deluxe”. I sometimes think that Collings should've named this the SoCo Straight Ahead, because even though it has simpler cosmetics than the SoCo Deluxe, it’s every bit as great a guitar as its more expensive brother, the SoCo Deluxe. It’s just more, well, Straight Ahead.

I ordered this SoCo with a mahogany top. I had originally tried one at a NAMM show and was really impressed with the wooly warmth that mahogany gave 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 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.

As far as the feel goes, it has that crazy good Collings '50s style neck contour with the custom addition of grained ivroid fingerboard binding. And of course the fret work and finish detail are done to a typically superior Collings standard.

Here's how much I love this guitar. I’m ordering more just so I always have one in stock.

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.

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 #SOCO15505
Toppremium Honduran mahogany
Body15" semi hollow Honduran mahogany w/ alder center block
Neckmahogany one piece with ebony peghead veneer, .860 1st fret
FingerboardEast Indian rosewood, unbound
Finishtobacco sunburst top nitrocellulose lacquer
Bindinggrained ivoiroid top, back and fingerboard
Fretsmedium jumbo
PickupsJason Lolloar custom designed dog ear P90s
HardwareTone Pro's bridge and tailpiece
Electronicstoggle switch, 2 volume, 2 tone with 50s wiring
Knobsblack Top Hat
Scale length24 3/4"
Nut width1 11/16"
Fingerboard radius12"
Tunersclosed back nickel with vintage style buttons
Casecustom Collings hard shell
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