"Every day we try to make a better guitar, every day. You're trying to reach for more, trying to do better, not trying to do the same. A lot of companies are trying to do the same, and that's okay - that's their deal. We're trying to stretch that. Our goal is a little more." - Bill Collings
Our latest batch of Collings 290s come as close to capturinig the vibe of the vintage Les Paul Specials as we've seen - these are just awesome guitars in every regard! Exhibit A: This 1959 Faded Crimson Aged Lacquer 290 with a killer sounding set of Thobak 52/54 P90s.
Slab mahogany body, amazing P90s, and a wraptail bridge? So you say you don't like P90s, more of a humbucker player? This guitar will have you rethinking that stance. Chime, midrange snarl, gorgeous cleans or Marshall half-stack ready overdriven tones, these guitars cover a huge range of tones (did we mention these Throbak P90s sound incredible?).
That old expression that "it's all in the hands"? This style of guitar shows you why that's true - they are tone machines, period. Everything you need, nothing you don't. No fancy tops, ornate bindings, etc...just tone and feel which leaves everything else up to you (i.e., your hands). Like all Collings, the build quality and setup are perfect.
Don't want to go searching for the perfect vintage Gibson LP Special? Give this 290 a try - you won't be disappointed. Priced with original hardshell case.