290®Named for the scenic 290 highway that winds past the Collings shop though the Texas Hill Country, the 290® is a modern day tribute to the original working man's rock'n roll guitar. A solid mahogany body and neck are complimented by two Lollar Soap Bar P90 pickups for a tone that shows off the amazing harmonic range and dynamics of this often underrated configuration.
Each Collings 290® is constructed of solid Honduran mahogany that is acquired, acclimated, and hand selected for density and acoustical response by master luthiers here at our shop.
The Soapbar P90 has a fat and round bass response with a smoother treble than a traditional P90. This is a hugely versatile pickup with lots of vintage-style warmth.
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.
Collings electrics feature Gotoh SG301 tuners and Kluson tune-o-matic bridges and stop tailpieces.
We craft our pickguard and peghead materials in house, providing custom aesthetics like our etched pearloid peghead veneer, Highway 290 truss cover graphic and many more.
Full Body Finishes
Being constructed of all mahogany, each 290® can be finished with a variety of colors and full body sunbursts, including our custom Doghair finish.
|Construction||Solid body single cutaway|
|Bridge||Kluson ABR-1 (Nickel-plated Zinc)|
|Tailpiece||Kluson Stop Tailpiece (nickel-plated zinc, steel studs)|
|Fingerboard||Rosewood w/ ivoroid long dots (5mm non-tapered)|
|Pots/Caps||DiMarzio 500K / Jupiter Vintage Yellow|
|Knobs||Amber or black top hat|
|Pickup Rings||Cream or black|
|Scale Length||24 7/8"|
|Neck Joint||Extra long mortise & tenon|
|Frets||Medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Peghead Veneer||Ebony w/ MOP Collings logo|
|Tuners||Nickel Gotoh w/ Collings logo|
|Guitar Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Truss Rod Cover||Black/Cream/Black with 290 logo|
|Strings||D'Addario NYXL1149 (.011" - .049")|
|Case||Deluxe hardshell case by Ameritage|
Mitch Watkins - Collings 290 - Country Demo
Guitarist/producer Mitch Watkins playing a Collings 290 (bridge pickup position).
Mitch Watkins - Collings 290 - Jazz Demo
Guitarist/producer Mitch Watkins playing jazz on a Collings 290 (neck pickup position).
Rick McRae - Collings 290 - "Limehouse Blues"
Guitarist Rick McRae plays "Limehouse Blues" on a Collings 290 through a '71 Fender Deluxe Reverb.
Ray Bonneville - Collings 290 - "Darlin' (Put Your Suitcase Down)"
Ray Bonneville was kind enough to stop by our studio and perform his original song "Darlin' (Put Your Suitcase Down)" with his Collings 290.
Guthrie Trapp - Collings 290 - New Orleans Groove Improv
Guthrie Trapp improvises over a New Orleans style syncopated groove with a Collings 290 through a Vox AC30.
Guthrie Trapp - Collings 290 - Train Beat Improv
Guthrie Trapp improvises over a train beat with a Collings 290 through a Vox AC30.
Rick McRae - Collings 290 - Chord Melody
Guitarist Rick McRae demonstrates chord melody on a Collings 290 through a '71 Fender Deluxe Reverb.
Rick McRae - Collings 290 - "Out of Nowhere"
Guitarist Rick McRae plays the jazz standard "Out of Nowhere" on a Collings 290 through a '71 Fender Deluxe Reverb.
Rick McRae - Collings 290 - "Stumbling"
Guitarist Rick McRae plays "Stumbling" on a Collings 290 through a '71 Fender Deluxe Reverb.