CL Jazz


City Limits Jazz®Thin, light, and exquisite, the City Limits Jazz® commands attention. Built in limited numbers with a fully hollow Honduran mahogany body, carved European spruce top, and modern stylings, the CL Jazz is a lightweight and ultra-responsive jazz guitar that delivers detailed tone and rich harmonic complexity. Sleek body contours combined with multiple black/white purflings, elegant bound S-holes, and choice of either our signature Broken Glass or Parallegram inlays make the CL Jazz one of our most elaborately appointed instruments.

Premium Tonewoods

The CL Jazz is hand carved of all solid woods. A European spruce top is paired with a Honduran mahogany back and sides for exceptional presence and warm note articulation.


Sweet and warm, with great string definition and a clear top end,the Johnny Smith has a full acoustic quality, with the fatness and balance of a humbucker.


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.

Handmade Ebony Hardware

We hand make each our ebony compensated bridges, tailpieces, and pickguards to perfectly match the instrument.


The CL Jazz features a fully bound body and neck with black and white top purfling. Dual Parallelogram inlays or our art deco inspired Broken Glass inlays can be designated for the fingerboard and peghead.

Custom Finishes

The CL Jazz can be finished in a variety of sunbursts that showcase the carved European spruce of the top, or our popular Merlot and Blacktop finishes are available for this top of the line model.

Make It Your Own

With a wide variety of available custom inlays, tremolos, bridges, neck profiles, and tone wood options; a Collings electric can be configured to perfectly match your playing style and aesthetic preference.

ConstructionFully hollow parallel braced, thin line
Body Honduran mahogany
TopSolid spruce
NeckHonduran mahogany
Body BindingNon-grained ivoroid
Fingerboard BindingNon-grained ivoroid
Peghead BindingNon-grained ivoroid
BridgeAdjustable ebony
FingerboardEbony w/ MOP Parallelograms
Fingerboard Radius12"
SoundholeS-holes (bound)
PickupsSingle Lollar Johnny Smith (neck)
Pots/CapsThumbwheel 500K pots/.047 ceramic capacitor
KnobsThumbwheels under pickguard
Pickup RingsBlack
Nut1 11/16"
Scale Length25 1/2"
Neck JointExtra long mortise & tenon
FretsMedium 18% nickel-silver
Peghead VeneerEbony w/ MOP Collings logo and Parallelograms
Peghead ProfileDeluxe Flared Haircut
TunersNickel Gotoh w/ Collings logo
Wiring Modern
Guitar FinishHigh gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
PickguardEbony w/ non-grained ivoroid binding
Truss Rod CoverEbony
StringsD'Addario NYXL1252W (.012" - .052", Wound 3rd)
CaseDeluxe hardshell case by Ameritage
Neck Profile Diagram

*Actual measurements may vary slightly due to hand-sanding and finishing variables.

Body Length19 1/2"
Body Depth1 5/8"
Lower Bout Width15"
Total Length40 3/4"

Custom Options

  • Tobacco Sunburst
  • Amber Sunburst
  • Iced Tea Sunburst
  • Blonde
  • Merlot
  • Tobacco Sunburst
  • Blonde
  • Iced Tea Sunburst
  • Walnut
  • Dark Cherry Sunburst
  • Merlot
  • Faded Cherry
  • Aged Finish and Hardware
  • Left-handed