SJThe SJ is our 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.
From the starting point of the wood's density and rigidity, each acoustic guitar top is hand selected, evaluated, and graduated to its own unique thickness; maximizing the tonal potential of each top.
The Collings SJ is constructed of all solid woods that are acquired, acclimated, and hand selected by master luthiers here at our shop. The SJ includes a premium flame maple back and sides with a black/white maple backstrip as standard.
A combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensures consistently excellent playability and a silky fret feel.
By meticulously hand-sanding between coats, our nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005” and .007” in final thickness, maximizing acoustic response while providing excellent protection and aesthetics.
Premium Waverly open-gear tuners offer exceptional tuning stability and smooth reliable operation with a vintage aesthetic.
The SJ features a fully bound top, back, neck and haircut-style peghead with black/white top purfling.
SJ Neck Profile
Each SJ features a comfortable medium-fat C shaped neck profile with 2 3/16 inch string spacing.
|Back & Sides||European maple|
|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|
|Nut||Bone, 1 11/16"|
|Neck Joint||Mortise & tenon hybrid|
|Truss Rod||Fully adjustable|
|Frets||Medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Peghead Veneer||Ebony with MOP Collings logo|
|Tuners||Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)|
|Rosette||Ivoroid with b/w purfling|
|Scale Length||25 1/2"|
|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 EJ-17 (.013"- .056")|
|Case||Deluxe hardshell case by TKL|