CJ-45 TAs with all of our Traditional Series guitars, when it came time to add a “T” designation to our slope-shoulder offerings, we didn’t simply tweak the original; the all-new Collings CJ-45 T is a fully re-imagined instrument that offers a distinct tonal variation when compared to our CJ and CJ-35 models.
Strongly vintage-inspired, the body construction has been completely re-engineered, including new bracing carves and patterns. When combined with our latest T-Series neck design and new CJ-45 neck profile, the result showcases a tone that is exceptionally dry and fundamental with the growl and thump sought after in the great slope-shoulder dreads of the Wartime era.
Behind the scenes but foundational to an acoustic guitar’s tone is its bracing. While the CJ-45 T shares the same body shape as our other CJ models, its top and back Wartime X-bracing is entirely different in layout, profile, and carve, resulting in a dry and direct fundamental with quick decay that significantly expands the line’s tonal range.
Traditional Series Finish
As with every Collings Traditional instrument, the all-nitrocellulose finish on the CJ-45 T is ultra-thin, providing an unmatched response and resonance when paired with its lightweight T-Series build and materials.
Flat Back Design
The CJ-45 T incorporates an exceptionally flat back design compared to other Collings flat tops, a feature which enhances the instrument’s direct, forward tone, pronounced midrange, and strongly vintage-inspired voice.
With its full C-shape, the new neck profile on our CJ-45 T is substantial in terms of both feel and its contributions to tone and response while also benefiting from the adjustable flat bar design and construction techniques of our most recent Traditional Series necks.
Hand-selected for tonal warmth and vintage vibe, every CJ-45 T features an Indian rosewood fingerboard with elegantly tapered mother-of-pearl long dot inlays.
Unique to the CJ-45 T are its fully exposed rosette and shortened, 19-fret fingerboard, an aesthetic which makes it instantly recognizable among the Collings lineup.
A combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensures consistently excellent playability and a silky fret feel.
|Back & Sides||Honduran mahogany|
|Construction||Traditional Series Build and Voicing|
|Body Binding||Ivoroid with no purfling|
|Bridge||Ebony straight-style with 2 5/16" spacing|
|Fingerboard||Indian rosewood with 19 frets and MOP long dots|
|Bridge Pins/End Pin||Ivoroid with no dot|
|Nut||Bone, 1 3/4"|
|Neck Profile||CJ-45 Carve|
|Neck Joint||Mortise & tenon hybrid|
|Truss Rod||Fully adjustable|
|Frets||Medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Peghead Veneer||Ebony with MOP Collings logo|
|Tuners||Nickel Waverly w/ Ivoroid buttons (16:1 ratio)|
|Rosette||Single-ring of multiple b/w purflings|
|Scale Length||24 7/8"|
|Brace Material||Sitka spruce|
|Brace Pattern||CJ-45 Wartime scalloped X-brace|
|Body Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Neck Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Strings||D'Addario EJ-17 (.013"- .056")|
|Case||Deluxe hardshell case by TKL|
Bob Minner - CJ-45 T - “VanWart”
Bob Minner performs “VanWart” on the CJ-45 T.
Bob Minner - CJ-45 T - “Liam's Lullaby”
Bob Minner performs “Liam's Lullaby” on the CJ-45 T.
Introducing the Collings CJ-45 T
Take an inside look at the inspiration behind the new CJ-45 T Vintage featuring guitarist Bob Minner.