For its new I-35 LC Vintage model, Collings uses a soft-ageing process to give it a lovely worn-in look and feel. It’s a development of the existing I-35 LC Vintage that follows on from the announcement earlier this week of the new 470 JL Julian Lage signature model which is, frankly, equally beautiful.
Collings I-35 LC Vintage
Let’s face it, Collings new semi-hollow I-35 LC Vintage model with soft ageing looks pretty sublime. This guitar has a new-recipe maple laminate top and body, along with a 24 7/8″ scale length Honduran maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. It also features a newly formed maple centre block.
Something that caught my eye was the attention to detail: Collings uses only high quality woods with a specific direction of grain on this model, so it’s made with exacting attention to construction details.
The new model is available in an Aged Blonde, Aged Tobacco Sunburst, Aged Faded Cherry or Aged Jet Black finish, all of which have Collings’ soft ageing process applied to make them feel like a vintage instrument, one that’s been not only nurtured and cared but also played in. YOu can see that as oxidation on the chrome hardware which has oxidised and some subtle checking on the lacquer finish.
The I-35 LC Vintage is equipped with Custom Throbak humbucking pickups, wired up via two volume controls, two tone controls and a three-way pickup selector switch. These should sound amazing, with all those vintage tones you’d expect from a guitar like this.
Overall, this new Collings I-35 LC Vintage looks pretty incredible and I’m sure they will be popular with players – especially ones that can afford them, as the existing I-25 Vintage models command prices upwards of USD 6000. Check out the official videos below to find out more about that ageing process and hear it in action.
RRP – TBC