"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

Players who are into playing/buying vintage guitars know there's a balance to strike between condition and vibe when searching for the perfect instrument. The old adage, "the good ones got played" gets tossed around a lot as a way of celebrating those battle scar adorned guitars that posses a little extra magic (SRV's Strat, anyone?). Case in point? This well-loved 2013 City Limits with a gorgeous tobacco sunburst finished quilt top.

We only mention the bit about 'a little play wear as a good thing' as this CL shows more wear than a typical used Collings that passes through our shop. Let us reassure you - that's a good thing in this case. This guitar is simply fantastic and a touch unusual in that it is a Deluxe model sans neck or headstock binding. The woods that Collings chose for the fretboard and neck, however, look beautiful together and create a bit of a binding effect with the contrast between the neck and board grains. 

Speaking of necks, the neck carve feels like a cross between a late 50s Les Paul and an early 60s - Collings calls it a medium-fat C. Combined with flawless fretwork, it's extremely comfortable and the overall feel is luxurious and smooth (note the first 5-6 frets show a tiny bit of wear under the G, B, and high E strings though there's tons of fret life left). 

Acoustically, this CL is really lively and snappy, which is enhanced by the 10 gauge strings it's currently strung with. It's a fast, slinky feel. Plugged in tones are killer - open and dynamic but muscular. Beautiful, clear cleans coupled with sweet, midrange-drenched overdriven tones...the combo of a Collings build and Lollar's phenomenal sounding Imperial pickups ensures you can easily cover a lot of ground. 

Condition: Light pick marks on the top (under where a guard would be); light surface marks on the back; lights dings on the "thigh cut" on the back of the guitar; very light fret wear; one of two light indentations on the back of the neck (we didn't feel them while playing, only when looking the guitar over); a few light marks on the headstock. 

Many have claimed the City Limits to be one of the best guitars they've played. A few minutes spent on this CL Deluxe and it's easy to see why - looks, tones, feel - at a reduced cost? Remember, the good ones got played. Priced with hardshell case.


  • Premium quilted maple top over mahogany body and neck
  • Grained ivoroid binding
  • High-gloss ]nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Single bound "Haircut" headstock
  • 15 degree headstock angle
  • Ebony or rosewood 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 16th fret
  • Medium-Fat "C" neck shape
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 1 11/16" Bone nut
  • 24 7/8" Scale length
  • Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
  • Mother of pearl parallelogram fingerboard inlays
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Custom ivoroid pickup rings and top hat knobs
  • Dual Lollar Imperial humbuckers
  • 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 tuners 
  • Serial No. CL13753
  • 8lbs 3oz

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