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The success of the Collings OM1 JL combined with Julian Lage’s love of electric guitars meant a second Collings-Julian collaboration was inevitable. But following such a highly praised signature model with yet another meant leaving nothing on the table. From its organic beginnings, the process envisioned by both parties was something designed and built from the sound up.
The Collings 470 JL is the result of years-long conversations, engineering, testing, tweaking, playing, and listening. And then doing it all over again until it was right. From first sketches through plugging in the final prototypes, every aspect of this model inside and out is the result of a unique approach, technique, and style - both from the builder’s and player’s point of view - culminating in a one-of-a-kind electric guitar experience.
Construction: Fully Hollow w/ Trestle Block
Body: Honduran Mahogany
Top: Maple Laminate
Neck: Honduran Mahogany
Neck Carve: 470 JL (.850" - .955")
Body Binding: Non-grained Ivoriod
Fingerboard Binding: Ebony
Bridge: Pinned Ebony Base w/ Tune-o-Matic Saddle Top (Nylon Saddles)
Tailpiece: Bigsby B3
Fingerboard: Ebony w/Graduated Pearl Dots
Pickups: Ron Ellis Ellisonics
Pots/Caps: DImarzio 500K/ Jupiter Vintage Yellow/ Orange Treble Bleed
Knobs: Black Reflector Top
Pickup Rings: Black Phenolic
Nut: 1 11/16" Derlin
Scale Length: 24 7/8"
Neck Joint: Extra Long Mortise & Tenon
Frets: Medium 18% Nickel-Silver
Peghead Veneer: Ebony w/MOP Collings Script Logo
Peghead Profile: 470 Haircut
Tuners: Relic Nickel Waverly with Vintage Oval Buttons (16:1 ratio)
Wiring: 470 Wiring (master volume, two tones)
Guitar Finish: High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Pickguard: Acrylic Tortoise (1-ply) or Parchment (3-Ply)
Truss Rod Cover: Black/Cream/Black
Strings: D'Addario NYXL 11-49
Case: Deluxe Hardshell (Ameritage)