"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
We're not sure how Collings does it, but each guitar they send us seems to top the last - just amazingly great guitars!
The 290 DC (double cutaway) features a mahogany slab body, short-scale, Throbak P90s, and on this particular guitar, a custom arm contour a la a Fender Strat - very cool! All the stripped down elegance and tone that made the original Gibson LP Juniors and Specials so great taken it to a more refined place with the "Collings treatment".
This is our second 290 with a 60s neck carve and we're really loving the shape. It's less chunky than the standard Collings carve (which is more of a late 50s style carve) and very comfortable. It reminds us a touch of an ES-335's carve which falls squarely into the not-too-fat, not-too-skinny, "just right" category.
One of our favorite aspects of this guitar, aside from the 60s neck carve and looks, is undoubtedly the Throbak '52/'54 P90s. Looking to capture that late 50s P90 magic? These pickups get you as close as any we've come across. The bridge P90 has a killer, almost Tele-like twang with a more pronounced midrange bite - not surprising to hear for anyone familiar with a great P90. The neck pickup is round and warm though it still retains a really nice top-end response - articulate without being sterile.
If you're in the market for a no-frills, vintage-minded guitar, look no further! Priced with hardshell case.