Up for sale, a 2011 Collings SJ Indian in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the premier acoustic builders of the modern era, Collings instruments exude quality, passion, and precise craftsmanship in every aspect of their construction. The SJ Indian is Collings' take on the small jumbo Gibson-style body shape, augmented with a Schatten HFN Passive transducer pickup.
Tonewoods include a Sitka spruce top with Pre-War scalloped X-bracing, Indian rosewood back and sides, a Honduran mahogany neck, and a bound ebony fretboard. All woods are acquired, acclimated, and hand-selected by the master luthiers at Collings, and each component is picked with the "whole tonality of the end instrument in mind." The lower bout measures 16", and the top was evaluated for its density and rigidity, graduated to its own unique thickness to maximize its tonal potential.
The SJ Indian delivers an ideal blend of glassy immediacy and midrange warmth, with tons of projection and plenty of percussive kick and richness in the bass register. There's an overarching balance and articulation to the sound, and the trebles have a sweetness and clarity, speaking clearly in every register. And for live applications, the added Schatten HFN Passive transducer faithfully captures the natural tone of the instrument. This SJ Indian weighs 4lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and easy-playing action.
The mahogany neck has a substantial C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and ideal heft in every register, measuring .880” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 9th. The ebony fingerboard is framed by multi-ply grained ivoroid binding and features Collings’ Modern Diamond pearl inlay. The slender fretwire is practically perfect, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-6. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 3/4“ in width. The headstock sports a Brazilian rosewood veneer and Schaller tuning machines.
The ebony bridge features a compensated bone saddle, and there is limited pick scuffing on the tortoise pickguard. The oval Collings label is visible through the soundhole. The gloss nitro lacquer finish is applied with meticulous hand-sanding between coats, resulting in a final thickness of .005” to .007” and ensuring the tonewood resonance is not stifled in any way. Exceedingly well-kept, cosmetic wear limited to a scant few faint scratches in the clear coat. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original black tolex hardshell case with form-fit green plush interior is included, along with the warranty card, case candy, and an extra bridge saddle.