"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

This Merlot colored 290 is proof positive that Collings has absolutely mastered the Les Paul Special style guitar. Imagine a more refined, dare we say elegant, version of a vintage LP Special. The neck shape, weight, playability, tones...they're just right. Let's jump in...

The basic building blocks of a 290 are a slab mahogany body, mahogany neck, wraptail or tune-o-matic bridge coupled with killer sounding P90s - in this case, Throbak 52/54's.

They're full of chime, midrange snarl, gorgeous cleans or Marshall half-stack ready overdriven tones. To be sure, these Throbak P90s sound absolutely incredible. Think of them of the best of both worlds - the middle ground between a Fender-style single coil and a Gibson humbucker. They are indeed single coils, but they have more body - oomph if you will - and output than a Strat or Tele. They also have a much more forward midrange response but never get as bloated or heavy handed as some humbuckers. Truth be told, they're our favorite style of pickup. Try them out, you'll see...single coil clarity with the girth and punch of a humbucker. What's not to love? 

If it's been years since you played a 290, you owe it to yourself to revisit this model. Collings is at the top of their game with the 290, no question. Priced with original hardshell case.


  • Select solid mahogany body and neck
  • Non-grained, aged Ivoroid fretboard binding
  • Unbound "Haircut" headstock
  • 15 degree headstock angle
  • Ebony 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
  • Grained ivoroid dot fingerboard inlays
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Black pickup covers and black top hat knobs
  • Throbak ’52/’54 P90s
  • 1950's style wiring scheme
  • Dimarzio 500K pots and Jupiter Yellow Vintage Tone capacitors
  • Gotoh tuners 
  • Schaller Signum wraptail bridge
  • Serial No.290191512
  • 7lbs 2oz

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