Up for sale, a 2010 Collings SoCo Deluxe in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and loaded with Lollar Imperial Low Wind PAF-style humbuckers. Crafted with the finest seasoned maple and Honduran mahogany, this quilt top iteration of the SoCo Deluxe platform is exceedingly lively and lightweight at only 6lbs 15oz. The SoCo takes its inspiration from ES-style instruments and elevates the design and craftsmanship, offering semi-hollow construction with a hand-carved maple top, maple center block, Honduran mahogany back, sides, and neck, and carefully hand-set extra long mortise and tenon neck joint.
This Collings is one of the finest USA-made boutique guitars available today, with an eye towards history and exacting standards for tone and modern playability. All woods are acclimated and hand-selected for density and acoustic response, and this SoCo Deluxe is loaded with Lollar Imperial "Low Wind" PAFs. The "Low Wind" iteration of the Imperial is specifically tailored for ES-style guitars that inherently have more natural warmth and fullness, ensuring optimal treble detail and a tighter, more focused low end. These humbuckers are extremely dynamic and complex in their response, purposefully wound for each pickup position to ensure a vital, unique tone in every setting on the three way switch. This Collings has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure ideal intonation and playability with fresh 10-46 roundwound strings.
Every aspect of the SoCo Deluxe is dialed in to feel both familiar and elegant, and the neck profile has a round '50s C shape. This profile measures .865" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 9th, providing an ideal handful yet shy of "baseball bat" girth. The ivoroid bound rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this tonewood, boasting a 12" radius and mother of pearl "long dot" inlays (more akin to a couple slender parallelograms). The medium 18% nickel silver fretwire is flawless, playing cleanly up the 24 7/8" scale, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features a grained ivoroid truss rod cover as well as an ebony veneer finished in high gloss nitro lacquer with Collings' distinct "haircut" shape on the top edge.
Collings relies on Kluson for its high quality nickel-plated hardware including the ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar tailpiece, and the hardware shows light natural surface patina, particularly on the edges of the humbucker covers. Electronics are rounded out by tightly spec'd Dimarzio pots, premium tone caps, and '50s-style wiring. The top is framed by ivoroid binding, and topped off with Collings' custom ivoroid knobs and pickup rings.
Collings prides themselves on meticulously hand-sanding their finishes between coats for an ultra-thin high gloss result that's between .005 and .007 thousandths of an inch in final thickness, maximizing the acoustic response of the instrument while providing excellent protection. The rich Sunburst gloss highlights the quilt figuring on the hand-carved premium maple top, with deep ripples of dimensional quilt extending liberally across every inch of the maple.
Cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing on the treble side of the strum path and just a couple exceedingly faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the nitro gloss on the back, indicative of the limited and very careful use this guitar has seen in the past decade. The nitro gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Ameritage hardshell case is included.