Collings I-35 LC Tobacco Sunburst w/ ThroBaks #16823  From Collings

This tobacco sunburst beauty is a feast for the eyes and the ears!

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Weight: 7.15 lbs.

This is the semi-hollow that defines the genre. Slightly smaller than the historic model which inspired it, the I35 is a great example of what the craftspeople at Collings are capable of. The construction is perfect; follow any line on the whole guitar and you will find not a dimple, not a hair out of place. The neck is true like a billiard table, with some of the tidiest fretwork I've ever seen. The maple body is almost startlingly figured, especially considering how plain most vintage semi-hollows are, and the contours of the arching are deep and sumptuous. Crisp edges and precise joinery combine with  swooping curves to make a study in contrast that endlessly entertains the eye; I never get tired of looking at these guitars.

Sound-wise, the I35 is impressively loud and responsive even before you plug it in. I can't emphasize enough just how important this is: you can't amplify what's not there! One of the best jazz tones I've ever heard is this pickup through a Carr Sportsman...pure Kenny Burrell! The bridge pickup makes great Zep sounds (the real ones, not the over-saturated imitations you get from over-wound 'buckers'), and the middle position with a bit of volume rolled off gives an ear-tickling, brushy, acoustic-like chime.

As an aside, I check every one of these that comes in and not once have I had to even turn the truss rod. Fact.

- Rob Sharer, Sound Pure Luthier

Collings I-35 LC Tobacco Sunburst w/ ThroBaks #16823

In this video, Sound Pure electric guitar expert Eddie Berman tests out the Collings I-35 LC #16823 with a Suhr Badger 18 Amp Head, a Suhr Badger 1X12 Veteran 30 Cabinet, a Strymon Brigadier dBucket Delay Effect Pedal and an Xact Tone Solutions Imperial Overdrive Guitar Pedal.

Manufacturer's Description from Collings

The I35 LC is the result of a custom laminated construction technique that Bill Collings and his R&D team developed in pursuit of the best tonal qualities of vintage semi-hollow guitar design. When crafting instruments designed to be used electrically at higher volumes, the resonant qualities of a guitar need a high degree of focus to achieve some of the classic semi-hollow guitar tones. The I35 LC is the first of a line of laminate instruments designed to respond acoustically in perfect harmony with their electronics. Custom crafted in house for each guitar, the Collings laminate line has provided another unique way for us to voice our instruments for superior response and tone. The I35 LC features a custom laminate maple top, sides and back and an all mahogany neck. The I35 LC is among our most articulate and versatile electric models.

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About Manufacturer

Sound Pure is a proud dealer of Collings Acoustics, Electrics, and Mandolins, with a large inventory and new guitars arriving regularly.  Each instrument in stock is professionally photographed, and we have video reviews with studio-quality sound and HD video quality.

Bill Collings has been inspiring generations of guitarists with his fine guitars and mandolins since the 1970s. After dropping out of medical school to pursue his interest in guitar building, he moved to Austin, Texas where he and his company, Collings Guitars, operate to this day.  From his humble beginnings as a one-man operation in a two-bedroom apartment to his current 22,000 square-foot facility and approximately 70 employees, Collings has built a reputation for producing high quality instruments with care and precision. 

Perhaps best known for flat-top acoustic guitars, Collings excels in a variety of classic-inspired designs and modern build concepts. Their D series guitars represent their take on the iconic 14-fret square-shouldered dreadnought and include the highly-favored D1 and D2H models with mahogany and rosewood back and sides respectively. These guitars are extremely well-balanced and have a strong reputation for reliability and consistently becoming stronger as the woods open up over time. The CW models in this series feature Adirondack tops, larger sound holes, and other specs especially coveted by bluegrass flat pickers for their volume and responsiveness. The Collings OM series guitars tend to be lively, balanced, and lyrical. These guitars are hugely popular amongst fingerstyle players for their dynamic sensitivity, size, and playability. One of the most versatile acoustic guitar designs, Collings OMs can also handle heavy strumming and flat picking easily when the player needs to dig in. The CJ is a fantastic slope-shouldered dreadnought, and the SJ is their incredible small jumbo design. Collings also makes astounding parlor-style 0, 00, 000, and Baby guitars, which are perfect for performance or travel and offered with the same variety of options as the larger lines for true customization of tone and appearance. Rounding out Collings’ acoustic lines is the C10, which is modeled after a parlor guitar but with a design concept that makes it a favorite electric players.

Collings is ahead of the pack in the acoustic guitar game, but it certainly does not end there. Their electric guitars are highly regarded amongst players across the entire spectrum of musical traditions. Designed and built with the same knowledge and attention to detail as the flat-tops, Collings electrics are quickly gaining recognition as contending with the best of the best of electric guitars. Hard rockers and country pickers and everyone in between can find a Collings electric to fit their style, from the Les Paul-inspired shapes of the 290, 360, and CL series to the semi-hollow I-35s and SoCo Deluxe models. Collings also offers A and T-style mandolins, as well as concert and tenor ukuleles. 

 

Every Collings instrument has been built with the same standard of craftsmanship and quality that any discerning musician deserves to experience in the tools they select for their musical journey. At Sound Pure, we believe that the tools you equip yourself with can either enhance or hinder you on your journey, so we make it our job to research and choose what we find to be the very best instruments for our clients. We are confident that any Collings guitar that leaves the shop will meet their standards, as well as ours. If you find that we do not currently have the exact specs you need we are happy to make custom orders for our customers to build their own dream guitar.

 

Specifications

2016

Serial Number: 16823

ThroBak SLE101 Plus MXV - Neck

ThroBak SLE101 Plus MXV - Bridge

Fretboard Binding

60's Neck Profile

24 7/8" Scale Length

Medium 18% Nickel-silver Fretwire

Mother of Pearl Dot Fingerboard Inlays

Fully Adjustable Truss Rod

Select Figured Maple Semi-hollow Laminate Body & Mahogany Neck

Inset Maple Center Block

Aged White Top/Back Binding

Slim Contour F-holes

High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish

Black 3-Ply Pickguard

Unbound "Haircut" Headstock

15-Degree Headstock Angle

Rosewood or Ebony Peghead Overlay with Inlaid Collings Logo

Rosewood Fingerboard

Long Mortise and Tenon Neck Joint w/ Contoured Heel

22 Frets, Neck Joins the Body at the 19th Fret

Medium-Fat "C" Neck Shape

12" Fingerboard Radius

1 11/16" Bone Nut

Black or Cream Pickup Rings and Black or Amber Top Hat Knobs

1950's Style Wiring Scheme

CTS 500K Pots and Jupiter Yellow Vintage Tone Capacitors

Switchcraft Toggle Switch and Output Jack

Tonepros AVR-II Bridge and Tailpiece

Nickel Gotoh SG301 Tuners w/ Vintage-style Buttons 1:18 Ratio

Recommended String Gauge - D'Addario EXL-115 (.011"-.049")

Collings Deluxe Hardshell Case by Ameritage