From Collings – “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.”
For many years Bill Collings has been building some of the finest acoustic guitars in the world. But he has also been making some serious noise in the world of high end electrics. And the 290 is a fine example of the way Collings has taken a classic design and updated it in all the best ways for the modern player.
The body is crafted from select piece of dense mahogany that has two well thought out ergonomic cuts on the back of the guitar, one for the area where the guitar rests & conforms to your ribcage (in the waist of the body), and the other in the lower bout to accommodate resting on your knew when sitting down. The leg cutout makes practicing or doing a session easy as it conforms to your leg, and the other, makes standing and playing a gig a pleasure as the guitar fits comfortably against your body.
The neck joint has been uniquely designed to join the body at an angle, allowing easier access to the upper frets. The neck joins at the 17th fret on the bass side, & at the 19th fret on the treble side. The neck is also crafted from select Mahogany that was typically used on the what today is considered investment grade instruments of the 50’s and 60’s. This dense mahogany offers more mass, more rigidity & continuity from neck through the body. It responds better than any guitar you have may have ever played, and is extremely well balanced in your hands.
This particular guitar has a stunning “Doghair” finish on the entire guitar. This is derived from a white grain filler beneath a translucent layer of dark lacquer – a finish unique to Collings Guitars. The grain of the mahogany has beautiful specks of white set against the natural lustre of the body.
The Doghair 290 has two select Jason Lollar P-90 pickups. The P-90 is a single coil electric guitar pickup first produced by Gibson in 1946. They were introduced to replace the “bar pickup” (aka the Charlie Christian pickup) in models like the ES-150. Towards the end of the 40’s P90’s were the main pickup used on all models, including the Les Paul introduced in 1952.
The P-90, in general, is brighter and more transparent than a humbucker. They feature a boosted mid-range and some of the twang of Fender single coil pickups yet with more output and fullness. Typically P90s are clean at low volumes and have plenty of bite when pushed. The typical P90 50 Hz / 60 Hz cycle hum, which can be caused by external electrical and magnetic fields, has been addressed by Lollar, who provide a reverse wound version of the pickup, which doesn’t hum when the pickups are selected in the middle position.
|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||MOP with Collings logo|
|Tuners||Nickel Gotoh w/ Collings logo|
|Guitar Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Truss Rod Cover||Black/Cream/Black with 290 logo|
This is a fabulous guitar. It is light at 7.7 lbs, super comfortable to play with a killer neck feel. The Lollar P-90s are wonderful pickups, and combined with the easy playability of this build, you’ll be happy to use this one all night. It is a versatile instrument, with lots of tonal options and a vibe that says “play me.”
It also features a funky pearloid facing on the headstock, which was a costly upgrade when ordered, and is now no longer available.
It is in excellent condition, having been well looked after by a fastidious pro-player owner. A little pick swirling on the pickguard, but apart from that, not a blemish anywhere. Lots of fret life left, nicely set up, and ready to take on any musical challenge you are up for.
Comes in its Collings deluxe hardshell case by Ameritage, in good condition.