Collings I-30 LC Aged Pelham Blue w/Throbaks



"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

Collings seem determined to outdo themselves which each guitar they send us! Up next? The absolutely jaw-dropping Aged Pelham Blue I-30LC equipped with Throbak P90s. I mean, come on! 

All of the things that make a vintage ES-330s so great - light as air, perfectly balanced, killer acoustic tones and plugged in tones - have been perfected by Collings. When you sit down with one of these models, they instantly just feel right. The way the neck carve has that late 50's C shape, not too much shoulder, just round and every-so-slightly flat...perfect. Hit your first chord and you're greeted to that dry, papery midrange that great vintage guitars have. These guitars will upend any preconceived notions you may have about a totally hollow, P90-equipped guitar. They cover an astounding range of tones and genres. The Throbak P90s just have the late 50s P90 sound - great midrange bite, balanced bass and treble, medium-ish, so good. 

Like all Collings guitars, the build, fit-finish, setup, playability, and tones are perfect. The aging is also incredibly well done. Just light (very light) finish checking, perfectly yellowed binding, and light wear on the nickel parts.

In truth, we're not sure what else you could possibly want from a guitar of this style. Just exceptional in every way. Priced with hardshell case. 


  • Fully hollow w/parallel trestle braces
  • Maple laminate body/top
  • Honduran mahogany neck w/rosewood fingerboard
  • Mother of pearl fretboard dots
  • Non-grained ivoroid body/fingerboard binding (no peghead binding)
  • Kluson ABR-1 bridge
  • Collings original tailpiece
  • Throbak '55/'56 P90s w/custom phenolic covers 
  • CTS 500K/Jupiter Vintage Yellow
  • Black top hat knobs
  • 1 11/16" nut
  • 24 7/8" Scale Length
  • Extra long mortise & tenon neck joint 
  • Medium 18% nickel-silver frets
  • Ebony headstock veneer w/MOP Collings Logo
  • Nickel Gotoh tuners (w/Collings logo)
  • 50s style wiring 
  • 12" radius
  • High gloss or aged lacquer 
  • D'Addario NYXL .011-.049" strings 
  • Ameritage Deluxe hardshell case 
  • I30LC18158

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