Collings SJ Indian SS
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SJ (Small Jumbo) Body Size
The SJ is Collings' version of what is commonly called a small Jumbo. Although the 16-inch lower bout is slightly wider than a dreadnought, and the sides almost as deep, the tight curve at the waist creates in a very different sound chamber.
SJs, especially examples in maple, typically have a more pronounced midrange response when compared to a dreadnought, making them ideal candidates for a rounded cutaway.
Players looking for the bass and overall volume of a large guitar, but with lots of treble clarity and midrange crunch, often find just what they need in the curvaceous SJ.
|Lower Bout Width||16"|
Sitka Spruce Top
Sitka is an excellent all-purpose wood that performs well in nearly any situation. Its blend of strength, stiffness, and density produce a well rounded tone with ample warmth and complexity.
Sitka's large dynamic range means it maintains most of its tonal qualities at any volume level. Whether you're swatting out a bluegrass rhythm or playing an intricate fingerstyle piece, Sitka will respond with its signature crispness, clarity, and depth.
Indian Rosewood Back & Sides
East Indian rosewood is an extremely versatile tonewood due to its crisp high end and robust bass response.
Indian rosewood's complex overtones and rich bottom end have made it a top choice of fingerstylists, vocalists, and players who prefer a sweet, warm tone.
Even though Indian rosewood doesn't offer as much mid-range punch of mahogany, its well-balanced tone and broad dynamic range make it an excellent choice for strum-heavy genres.
C Shape Neck
Collings' C shape profile is the most rounded neck profile they offer. It's only available on their Gibson tribute models: the CJ, SJ, and C10.
The C shape is fuller and rounder than their standard Modified V profile but it doesn't have the clubby "baseball bat" feel of many vintage Gibson guitars.
It's a refined take on a classic neck pattern, and most players find it very comfortable even if they're not normally fans of C shape necks.
A Collings short scale is 24-7/8", which is 5/8" shorter than their standard 25-1/2" scale.
This results in slightly lower string tension, which can make the strings on a short scale guitar feel a bit "stretchier" and easier to play.
Tonally, short scale guitars can be a bit warmer and fuller sounding but may have a little less projection than an equivilant full scale instrument.
A short scale is only 2.5% shorter than a standard scale, so any differences in tone or playability will be subtle.
|Body Size||SJ (Small Jumbo)|
|Top Wood||Sitka Spruce|
|Back & Sides||Indian Rosewood|
|Neck Profile||C Shape|
|Strings||D'Addario Medium EJ17 (13 - 56)|
|Case||Collings TKL Deluxe Geib-Style Case|
Customizations are highlighted in blue
|Back & Sides||E. Indian rosewood|
|Body Binding||Ivoroid with b/w/b/w/b purfling|
|Fingerboard Binding||.100" ivoroid with b/w purfling|
|Peghead Binding||.100" ivoroid with b/w purfling|
|Bridge||Ebony modern-style with 2-3/16" spacing|
|Fingerboard||Ebony with MOP modern diamond & squares|
|Bridge Pins/End Pin||Ebony with MOP dot|
|Neck Joint||Mortise & tenon hybrid|
|Truss Rod||Fully adjustable|
|Frets||Medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Peghead Veneer||Ebony with MOP Collings logo|
|Tuners||Nickel Schaller mini (14:1 ratio)|
|Rosette||Ivoroid with b/w purfling|
|Brace Material||Sitka spruce|
|Brace Pattern||Pre-war scalloped X-brace|
|Fingerboard Radius||14" - 26" compound|
|Body Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Strings||D'Addario EJ17 (.013"- .056")|
|Case||Deluxe Hardshell case by TKL|
|SJ Indian Base Price||$4,365|
Founded by Bill Collings in 1973, Collings Guitars has grown to become one of the most respected names in acoustic music.
Tejon Street Music is proud to be one of the largest Collings dealers on the Front Range and a top 10 dealer in 2016.
There are few builders who can match Collings when it comes to fit and finish.
Their instruments have clean, sharp lines and mirror-like finishes. Even small details like the meticulously polished saddle and the crisp inlay work demonstrate Collings' uncompromising devotion to quality.
This fanatical attention to detail results in instruments that look as beautiful they sound.
Every Collings acoustic guitar, from their most affordable model to the highest end, are built with the finest tonewoods available. Each wood is acquired, acclimated, and hand-picked by Collings' master luthiers who choose each component with the whole tonality of the end instrument in mind.
Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, Collings hand-voices each acoustic guitar top by sanding and carving it to the optimal thickness. This means that the character of the wood is shaped by a human ear and not an arbitrary number on a drum sander.
While tone is a subjective topic, we feel Collings instruments tend to have a complex, focused voice with excellent clarity and single note definition.
They're extremely responsive, so you don't need to work very hard to produce great tone. That said, when you dig in you'll find that Collings guitars are some of the loudest, most powerful acoustic instruments around.
Every instrument naturally has its own unique personality depending on body size and tonewoods, but Collings' meticulous voicing and exacting construction techniques ensure that each guitar sounds as good as it possibly can.
Collings guitars and mandolins play exceptionally well right out of the box thanks to a combination of PLEK machine fret leveling and the skilled work of a Collings setup tech.
Most players love the factory setup, but we're always happy to set up your new instrument to your exact preferences. The precision engineering of a Collings product means that we can work at tighter tolerances and make your guitar play EXACTLY the way you want.
One aspect of a Collings instrument that is difficult to capture in photos is the flat, glassy quality of their finish. It really has to be seen to be appreciated!
Collings' standard nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005" and .007" in thickness, maximizing acoustical response while providing excellent protection and aesthetics.
With the exception of certain hardware items, Collings makes nearly all components in house. Even simple parts like bridge pins and pickguards are fabricated in the Colling shop.
Collings also takes advantage of the latest technology in CNC and laser cutting to eliminate variance and ensure that each instrument meets Bill's incredibly high standards
This tight control over every facet of production means that Collings instruments are incredibly consistent in terms of build quality, playability, and tone.
The big guys are making amazing instruments, but Collings' lower production levels mean that each guitar or mandolin gets a level of personal care and attention that's just not possible on a large production scale.
A few numbers to put things in perspective: Over the last several years, Collings produced around about 1,500 flat top guitars a year, or roughly four a day. The major US-based brands build 400 to 500 guitars a day.
Collings instruments have a lifetime warranty to the original owner.
In the 10+ years we've been a Collings dealers we can count the number of warranty issues we've had on one hand, but it's nice to know the protection is there if you need.