"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
Been waiting for the ideal, vintage-inspired Collings I-35 to come along? Well, this is the one friends.
We've known that Collings is capable of making incredibly beautiful looking, sounding, and playing guitars for quite some time. To have them turn their attention to nailing the classic ES335 "recipe" visually - neck binding, dot inlays, pickguard, vintage looking 'burst - and then apply a very realistic aged lacquer finish...it doesn't get much better.
Being so meticulous in their work, Collings has nailed the important stuff - namely, the feel. The necks are exactly what you'd want in a guitar like this and remind us of what a vintage 335 feels like. Not too fat, not too skinny...while not overly descriptive we know, it just feels right in your hands.
Tones? Beautiful. Clean and overdriven, this is as good as it gets for a semi-hollow. All the open, airy, biting, warm, fat tones you could ever want. Contradictory terms you say? Nope, semi-hollows are known for their versatility and can truly cover all that ground with ease.
Just an exceptional guitar that's left us all reaching for our wallets! Priced with hardshell case.