"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

Growing up, the image of Pete Townshend pounding out riffs on a mini-humbucker loaded Les Paul Deluxe was burned into our "for-those-about-to-rock" brains. Later, we noticed songsmith Neil Finn playing one as well. There was just something cool looking about these guitars. Something that made them just different enough to stand out from the sea of players wielding full-size humbucker-equipped LPs. What gives? We had to know...

Fast-foward to today and our first Lollar mini-humbucker equipped City Limits just arrived at the shop - so. good. Mini's bring a whole new world of tones to this classic design. They're more open sounding and have a decidedly more single-coil sounding brightness than their full sized counterparts.

Why? Size. Construction-wise, they're essentially the same as a full sized humbucker. What makes the difference is the amount of string they "hear" - being smaller, they pick up a shorter portion of the vibrating string resulting in more top end, less bass, and a touch less output, though they still pack a punch. We absolutely love how these qualities enhance the already wonderful City Limits model. (Do they differ enough tonally from a CL w/full-sized humbuckers? Sorry bank account, but yes, they do). 

Looking for a perfected LP Deluxe-style guitar and don't want to go searching for a vintage example? This City Limits will easily exceed your expectations. Priced with hardshell case.


  • Premium figured maple top over mahogany body and neck
  • Non-grained ivoroid body/neck binding
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • 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
  • Mother of pearl parallelogram fingerboard inlays
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Dual Lollar mini-humbuckers
  • 1950's style wiring scheme
  • Dimarzio 500K pots and Jupiter Yellow Vintage Tone capacitors
  • Kluson ABR-1 bridge and tailpiece
  • Nickel Gotoh tuners
  • Serial No. CL191254
  • 8lbs 3oz

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