Up for sale, a 2019 Collings CL Deluxe in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and loaded with Throbak ER-Custom PAFs. Crafted with the finest seasoned maple and Honduran mahogany, this flame top iteration of the City Limits Deluxe platform is exceedingly lightweight given its tonewood compliment at only 8lbs 3oz. 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 Throbak ER-Custom PAFs, a full sounding, punchy, mid-dominant vintage-style PAF pickup wind with pleasing high end. This Collings has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure ideal intonation and playability with fresh 11-48 roundwound 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 ebony 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 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 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' 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 exceedingly faint finish scuffs in the clear coat of the gloss on the lower bout edge where the forearm cross the top, a few pick marks across the strum path, and some faint finish scratches central to the back, also in the clear coat and particularly minor. The original clear protective factory plastic is still intact on the rear control cavity covers, indicative of the limited use this guitar has seen since new, and the neck profile is flawless.
The Ameritage hardshell case is included, along with the original factory paperwork.