I-35 LCThe I-35 LC is the result of a custom laminated construction technique that Bill Collings and his R&D team developed in pursuit of the best tonal qualities of vintage semi-hollow guitar design. When crafting instruments designed to be used electrically at higher volumes, the resonant qualities of a guitar need a high degree of focus to achieve some of the classic semi-hollow guitar tones. The I-35 LC is the first of a line of laminate instruments designed to respond acoustically in perfect harmony with their electronics. Custom crafted in house for each guitar, the Collings laminate line has provided another unique way for us to voice our instruments for superior response and tone. The I-35 LC features a custom laminate maple top, sides and back and an all mahogany neck. The I-35 LC is among our most articulate and versatile electric models.
Laminate Recipe Tone Shaping
Through extensive R&D and critical listening, each Collings laminate electric guitar has been constructed with various woods, grain orientations and densities to have exceptional response and tonality custom suited to each LC model we offer.
Low-wind Lollar Imperials have a slightly brighter tonality than standards, lending them an exceptional definition and touch response that communicates the harmonic content of the instrument beautifully.
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.
With a fully bound body, mother of pearl dot inlays, and top hat knobs, appointments for an LC electric are available in a variety of colors and materials to match your chosen finish.
Full Body Finishes
Being constructed of all laminate maple, each LC guitar can be finished with a variety of colors and full body sunbursts
|Construction||Semi hollow w/ maple center block|
|Body Binding||Non-grained ivoroid|
|Fingerboard Binding||Non-grained ivoroid|
|Bridge||Kluson ABR-1(nickel-plated zinc w/ retaining wire)|
|Tailpiece||Kluson Stop Tailpiece (nickel-plated zinc, steel studs)|
|Fingerboard||Rosewood w/ MOP long dots (5mm non-tapered)|
|Pickups||Lollar Low Wind Imperial Humbuckers|
|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|
|Strings||D'Addario NYXL1149 (.011" - .049")|
|Case||Deluxe hardshell case by Ameritage|
Dave Sebree - Collings I-35 LC
Austin School of Music founder Dave Sebree demonstrates his Collings I-35 LC through a '69 Marshall Plexi with a Celestion loaded 2x12 cab.
Rick McRae - Collings I-35 LC - "When Lights Are Low"
Guitarist Rick McRae plays "When Lights Are Low" on a Collings I-35 LC through a '71 Fender Deluxe Reverb.
Rick McRae - Collings I-35 - "Crazy"
Guitarist Rick McRae plays "Crazy" (Willie Nelson, 1961) on a Collings I-35 LC through a '71 Fender Deluxe Reverb.
Collings I-35 vs. I-35 LC – In-depth comparison with Anthony da Costa
Guitarist Anthony da Costa takes an in-depth look at the Collings I-35 and I-35 LC models, highlighting the tonal differences that emerge from all-solid carved woods vs. laminate construction.
Guthrie Trapp – Collings I-35 LC w/ ThroBak SLE 101 Plus Pickups
Guitarist Guthrie Trapp improvises on a Collings I-35 LC equipped with ThroBak SLE-1010 Plus pickups through a 1966 Fender Vibrolux Reverb.