Up for sale, a 2012 Collings 290 DC in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. Named for the scenic 290 highway that winds past the Collings shop though the Texas Hill Country, the 290 is a modern day tribute to the Les Paul Special Double Cutaway. 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. A solid Honduran mahogany body and neck are complemented by two original Lollar Soapbar P-90 pickups with Collings embossed black fiber flatwork. Each piece of mahogany is acclimated and hand-selected for density and acoustic response, and the guitar is extremely lively and resonant at 7lbs. As Lollar's flagship pickup, these boutique P-90s are scatterwound with de-gaussed Alnico 5 bar magnets, offering the player a fat, clean tone with a dynamic treble snap, rich midrange bark, and a smooth, vintage-flavored tonal profile. This Collings has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure ideal intonation and playability with 11-49 strings.
Every aspect of the 290 is dialed in to feel both familiar and elegant, and the neck profile has a '50s C shape. This profile measures .875" deep at the 1st fret and 1.010" at the 12th, and this full-feeling C profile is akin to a ’59 Gibson carve, offering particularly round shoulders and ideal substance without quite the heft of some “baseball bat” necks. The 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 a custom etched 290 truss rod cover as well as an ebony veneer finished in high gloss nitro lacquer with Collings' distinct "haircut" shape on the top edge. The Collings-branded nickel Gotoh tuning machines feature ivoroid buttons and turn very smoothly.
The electronics function flawlessly, with the Lollar P-90 pair wired to stock tightly spec'd Dimarzio pots and '50s-style wiring. Hardware includes a compensated lightweight wraparound tailpiece ensuring a lively tonal response and ideal intonation. The grain of the mahogany is highlighted by the ultra thin nitro lacquer gloss finish, and Collings prides themselves on meticulously hand sanding their finishes between coats. This results in a finish that's between .005 and .007 thousandths of an inch in final thickness, which maximizes the acoustic response of the instrument while providing excellent protection. Exceedingly well-kept since new, cosmetic wear on the "1959 Faded Crimson" lacquer finish is limited to light pick scuffing across the tortoise guard and a few tiny marks on the back and body edges. The neck profile is flawless.
The original Ameritage hardshell case is included, along with the original serialized warranty card.