Because of the amount of light we have to throw at these guitars when shooting the photos, the sunburst coloring transitions seem more abrupt than they appear in real life. This SJ is from the days when Collings Guitars was a much smaller shop, as Collings mandolins were still a year away and Collings electric guitars weren't even being considered. Except for the pearl-bordered models, and a very few archtops, the SJ with Deluxe binding and inlays and a full sunburst like this one was about at the top of the Collings price list. This example was given maple with oodles of figure, and that figure matches quite well on the back, sides, and neck. Thankfully it sounds even better than it looks and although the model is based on Gibson's J-185 it sounds like pure Collings, with clarity and balance that's remarkably consistent as you play up and down the neck. Condition is nearly perfect, light fret wear as shown in photo 13, a few small dings to the top (perhaps better described as "tiny"), and minor finish scuffs from handling . A well cared-for, but certainly not ignored, deluxe Collings from 20+ years ago.