"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
The mark visible on the pickguard is just the reflection off the adhesive protecting the pickguard.
If you've never checked out this style of guitar - a Les Paul Special style - without going on a vintage search, we really feel like this 290 is one of the best you'll find. Chime, midrange snarl, gorgeous cleans or Marshall half-stack ready overdriven tones, these guitars cover a huge range of tones courtesy of the Throbak '52/54' P90s.
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.