This is a 100% stock Collings CJ Mh with no tweaks or modifications--just like Bill designed it!
CJ (Collings Jumbo) Body Size
The Collings Jumbo, or CJ, is Collings' version of the classic slope-shouldered dreadnought, a shape that has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years.
While the CJ is similar in width and depth to the traditional dreadnought, it has a distinctly different tone. The lower bout is 3/8" wider than a standard dreadnought, and the top-to-bottom length is 1/8" greater.
These slightly larger dimensions produce a tone that tends to be subtly more bass-heavy than a dread without sacrificng clarity, response, or playing comfort.
Lower Bout Width
Sitka Spruce Top
Sitka is an excellent all-purpose wood that performs well in nearly any situation. Its blend of strength, stiffness, and density produce a well rounded tone with ample warmth and complexity.
Sitka's large dynamic range means it maintains most of its tonal qualities at any volume level. Whether you're swatting out a bluegrass rhythm or playing an intricate fingerstyle piece, Sitka will respond with its signature crispness, clarity, and depth.
Mahogany Back & Sides
Mahogany is known for its prominent mid-range and woody tonal qualities. It's a great all-around option for any player, but its direct, punchy voice makes it especially popular for styles requiring lots of projection and clarity.
C Shape Neck
Collings' C shape profile is the most rounded neck profile they offer. It's only available on their Gibson tribute models: the CJ, SJ, and C10.
The C shape is fuller and rounder than their standard Modified V profile but it doesn't have the clubby "baseball bat" feel of many vintage Gibson guitars.
It's a refined take on a classic neck pattern, and most players find it very comfortable even if they're not normally fans of C shape necks.
CJ (Collings Jumbo)
Back & Sides
D'Addario Medium EJ17 (13 - 56)
Collings TKL Deluxe Geib-Style Case
Founded by Bill Collings in 1973, Collings Guitars has grown to become one of the most respected names in acoustic music.
Avenue Guitars is proud to be a Collings Premier Dealer. This status is only given to the top 10 dealers out of nearly 150 Collings distributors worldwide
There are few builders who can match Collings when it comes to fit and finish.
Their instruments have clean, sharp lines and mirror-like finishes. Even small details like the meticulously polished saddle and the crisp inlay work demonstrate Collings' uncompromising devotion to quality.
This fanatical attention to detail results in instruments that look as beautiful they sound.
Every Collings acoustic guitar, from their most affordable model to the highest end, are built with the finest tonewoods available. Each wood is acquired, acclimated, and hand-picked by Collings' master luthiers who choose each component with the whole tonality of the end instrument in mind.
Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, Collings hand-voices each acoustic guitar top by sanding and carving it to the optimal thickness. This means that the character of the wood is shaped by a human ear and not an arbitrary number on a drum sander.
While tone is a subjective topic, we feel Collings instruments tend to have a complex, focused voice with excellent clarity and single note definition.
They're extremely responsive, so you don't need to work very hard to produce great tone. That said, when you dig in you'll find that Collings guitars are some of the loudest, most powerful acoustic instruments around.
Every instrument naturally has its own unique personality depending on body size and tonewoods, but Collings' meticulous voicing and exacting construction techniques ensure that each guitar sounds as good as it possibly can.
Collings guitars and mandolins play exceptionally well right out of the box thanks to a combination of PLEK machine fret leveling and the skilled work of a Collings setup tech.
Most players love the factory setup, but we're always happy to set up your new instrument to your exact preferences. The precision engineering of a Collings product means that we can work at tighter tolerances and make your guitar play EXACTLY the way you want.
One aspect of a Collings instrument that is difficult to capture in photos is the flat, glassy quality of their finish. It really has to be seen to be appreciated!
Collings' standard nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005" and .007" in thickness, maximizing acoustical response while providing excellent protection and aesthetics.
With the exception of certain hardware items, Collings makes nearly all components in house. Even simple parts like bridge pins and pickguards are fabricated in the Colling shop.
Collings also takes advantage of the latest technology in CNC and laser cutting to eliminate variance and ensure that each instrument meets Bill's incredibly high standards
This tight control over every facet of production means that Collings instruments are incredibly consistent in terms of build quality, playability, and tone.
The big guys are making amazing instruments, but Collings' lower production levels mean that each guitar or mandolin gets a level of personal care and attention that's just not possible on a large production scale.
A few numbers to put things in perspective: Over the last several years, Collings produced around about 1,500 flat top guitars a year, or roughly four a day. The major US-based brands build 400 to 500 guitars a day.
Collings instruments have a lifetime warranty to the original owner.
In the 10+ years we've been a Collings dealers we can count the number of warranty issues we've had on one hand, but it's nice to know the protection is there if you need.