• Collings 290 Translucent Orange (SOLD)


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    This is one of the first Collings 290 models hand made by Bill Collings and his team. The 290 is a truly magical instrument that delivers an exceptional depth and variety of tone, as well as quality, for this price.

    Suberb sustain, fabulous note separation and very well defined tone. Awesome! Though almost 10 years old this guitar is still in high excellent condition from the first owner. The Austin-Texas based guitar company is known for their nearly-legendary build quality, and this 290 is noticeably crisp edges and jewel-like fretwork are no exception. There is nothing flashy about this guitar – its see-through orange/red finish, black pickup covers and white are all unremarkable on their own. But taken as a whole, the 290 retains a distinctive look without the need for binding or abalone. Tasteful is the word here, and subtle touches like ivoroid dot fingerboard inlays and tuner buttons, coupled with a mother of pearl Collings logo on the headstock, offer more than enough flash for a machine this focused on function.

    The East Indian rosewood fingerboard isn’t afraid to show some grain either, adding to the guitar’s classy, yet stripped down vibe. Another aspect of the 290 that sets it apart from similar instruments is its unique, big-bottomed silhouette – the result of 3/4” more width than traditional LPderived shapes. Other individualistic cues include an upper bout that curves back around to meet the lower cutaway section and comfortable rib/belly and lap contours on the back of the instrument.

    Read the Guitarist test from 2007 here.







    • Select solid (one piece) Honduran Mahogany body and neck
    • Burnt Orange finish
    • High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    • Unbound “Haircut” headstock
    • 15 degree headstock angle
    • Perloid peghead overlay with etched Collings logo
    • Perloid pickguard
    • East Indian Rosewood fingerboard
    • Long mortise and tenon neck joint with contoured heel
    • 22 Frets, neck joins the body at the 16th fret
    • Medium-Fat “C” neck shape
    • 305mm Fingerboard radius
    • 43mm Bone nut
    • 632mm Scale length
    • Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    • Grained ivoroid dot fingerboard inlays
    • Fully adjustable truss rod
    • Black covers and black top hat knobs
    • Dual Lollar soapbar P90 pickups
    • 1950’s style wiring scheme
    • CTS 500K pots and Xicon tone capacitors
    • Switchcraft toggle switch and output jack
    • Tonepros Nashville tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece
    • Nickel Sperzel tuners
    • Recommended string gauge – D’Addario EXL-115 (.011″-.049″)
    • Collings deluxe hardshell case