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2016 Collings I-35 LC Faded Cherry

The Faded Cherry Collings I-35 LC might just be the best thing that’s happened to semi-hollow electrics in the last 50 years. Collings spent years analyzing some of the very best sounding vintage semi-hollow guitars ever built before designing their line of laminate construction I-35s, and the end result of all that work is nothing short of spectacular. The I-35 LC is an exceptional sounding guitar, with the classic tonescape of a great 335, but with even better harmonic balance and expression. Add to that Collings’ commitment to neck feel, set-up, playability, and their uncompromised detail in construction and finish and you’ll have an idea of what kind of instrument this I-35 LC is.

The guitar features highly figured maple laminate top, back, and sides; inset maple center block, slim contour F-holes, aged white bindings, mahogany neck, and dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard. This example was built with ThroBak Vintage PAF pickups, tone pros bridge, and bevelled 3 ply pickguard. Faded cherry finish (which they absolutely nailed), and aged finish and hardware. The nickel parts show light oxidation, and the finish is crackled and buffed to a medium lustre. There is no intentional mechanical aging.

A more perfect neck carve might not exist. The I-35 LC’s neck has a medium depth, rounded carve with beautifully rolled edges. Nut measures 1-11/16”, scale is 24-7/8”, and the fingerboard is a straight 12” radius. Long mortise and tenon neck joint for the best in tone, and contoured heel for the best the feel.

The guitar was purchased new through Folkway in 2016, and shows no playwear whatsoever. Set up is perfect. This example is serial numbered 16762.

With deluxe Ameritage HSC. Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping - all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

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