We're big fans of the small jumbo body size, and the Collings SJ is particulary fine take on this classic design, This 2004 version is made of nicely figured maple and a Sitka spruce top, a tonewood comby that produces a sweet, mellow tone with lots of projection and clarity. This guitar is fitted with an LR Baggs Anthem pickup and a very recent Gryphon refret. All in all, this is a great sounding and playing guitar.
So why the bargain price? This Collings needed a refret because the original owner wore out the first set of frets, and we're not talking about little notches confined to first position frets either. Gryphon sold this Collings when new to a local customer who plays a lot and so it shows finish wear and minor discoloration at the edge of the soundhole, wear to the neck finish (especially on the treble side), and some nicks and dings here and there to the body. Oh, and some shirt button indentations to the lacquer on the back.
But there are NO cracks anywhere, and no signs of significant clashes with other hard objects of any kind. In short, this SJ shows what we like to call "honest wear" from being played. With the highly figured German maple and deluxe inlays plus binding on all edges of the neck, these SJ cutaway models don't come cheap and a new version would set you back over $6,000. An excellent and highly playable cutaway acoustic/electric suitable for a wide range of styles, with the balanced response up and down the neck you expect from a maple jazz guitar but with flattop warmth of tone. Comes with the original hardshell case.
stock no. 58332
|Back and sides||Maple|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 11/16"|
|Electronics||L.R. Baggs Anthem|
|Binding||faux tortoiseshell celluloid|