Up for sale, a 2019 Collings CL Deluxe in near mint condition and in perfect working order, featuring a factory upgrade Brazilian rosewood fretboard and loaded with Lollar Imperial PAFs. Crafted with the finest seasoned maple and Honduran mahogany, this quilt top iteration of the City Limits Deluxe platform is exceedingly lightweight given its tonewood compliment at only 8lbs 1oz. The City Limits takes its inspiration from the Les Paul Standard and elevates the design, pairing lightweight, resonant Honduran mahogany with a carefully hand-set mortise and tenon neck joint and carved maple cap for rich tonal complexity and sustain.
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 the guitar is extremely lively and resonant with ergonomic contouring at both sides of the waist, and a neck joint that's angled toward the cutaway, following the body lines. This CL Deluxe is loaded with Lollar Imperial PAFs which have an airy top end, balanced midrange, tight lows, and complex overtones. The neck pickup's medium output is vintage-spec in its wind, while the hotter bridge pickup ensures a vital, unique sound in every pickup position. Lollar's unbalanced coils produce a tight bottom end that complements the pickup's fullness, resulting in overtones that build after each note is played. This Collings has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure ideal intonation and playability with fresh 11-48 strings.
Every aspect of the CL 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 .967" at the 9th, providing an ideal handful yet shy of "baseball bat" girth. The ivoroid bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard boasts a 12" radius with a 24 7/8" scale length and practically perfect medium 18% nickel silver frets with well-rounded crowns. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features an ebony veneer finished in high gloss nitro lacquer with Collings' distinct "haircut" shape on the top edge. The nickel Collings-branded tuning machines also feature carved ebony buttons.
Collings relies on Kluson for its high quality nickel-plated hardware including the ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar tailpiece, and the zebra bobbin Lollar pickups are wired to tightly spec'd Dimarzio pots with premium tone caps and '50s-style wiring. The top is framed by ivoroid binding, and topped off with Collings' custom carved ebony knobs.
Collings' acid wash finish is a multi-step stain treatment which brings out the deep dimension of the premium bookmatched quilted maple top. The stain is applied and then strategically rubbed off until the desired effect is achieved. 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.
Cosmetic wear is limited to a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss and a tiny shallow nick or two on the back. The top is exceedingly clean, and the original clear protective factory plastic is still intact on the pickguard, indicative of the limited use this guitar has seen since new. The neck profile is flawless.
The original Ameritage hardshell case is included, along with the original unopened Collings polish cloth.