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.