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I’ve sold a few new and used Collings electric guitars over the years, so I have no hesitation in saying yes when I’m offered a used i35LC to add to my stock profile – In fact this used Collings i35LC, from 2013, with a nitro gloss tobacco burst finish came into stock  over 12 months ago – The only reason it has taken a while to get it listed, is that I’ve been playing it for a while – I adore them – How they feel and play, but then I have to remember I’m a retailer first and a player second, so I can’t keep everything I like, as much as I’d love to – I can report it is in excellent condition – So be prepared to hunt long and hard to find any blemish to that lush gloss finish – You’ll find a touch of tarnish to the nickel hardware, mainly to the humbucker covers- It includes the deluxe Collings case – It has been on my bench or a check-up, set-up and a new set of 10-52 gauge strings – So an easy, slick action awaits

Is it possible to sum up the Collings i35LC with this quote that I borrowed from the Collings Guitars web site ?   ‘There are lots of products created with no greater aspiration than to be sold to a consumer, but as consumers of expensive musical instruments, many of us value the subtle signs that tell us the builder cared more than he had to – That careful thought, superior materials and skilled hands have all contrived to create an instrument that transcends the ordinary and defines the extraordinary – This is the best reason, in our opinion, to consider buying a superior instrument like the Collings i35LC in the first place – If you simply need a guitar, you can buy one that is reasonably playable and creates a reasonably good sound these days for under £200, but you won’t be buying an instrument that has been artfully crafted from the best materials, or one that is capable of producing an extraordinary playing experience and tone

Before I go into any product details, please click here to explore the Collings i35LC web site page – Then  click here for a review courtesy of Guitarist Magazine

Now lets list the full spec and details for the Collings i35LC with  a nitro gloss tobacco sunburst finish

Aesthetics and Tribute:-  There is no mistaking the influence behind the Collings i35LC, so as against trying to re-invent the wheel, the Collings approach is to simply add a few very effective yet subtle tweaks, select the finest ingredients, coupled with impeccable workmanship and attention to detail, to ensure the i35LC delivers the ultimate playing experience – The Collings method is to build one guitar at a time, hence all woods, pots, capacitors and pick-ups are hand picked to ensure that all components work in harmony – Appraise the i35LC, then you’ll fully appreciate that the knowledge, evaluation, and attention to detail that Collings possesses pays dividends in the end – The i35LC utilises a laminate maple approach for the body, in the same manner as the Gibson ES335 – Collings ensure that the premium grade maple is selected to optimise tone, but also to ensure that the figured maple possesses enough curl and flame to add some character – The i35LC approach is to be simple, graceful and effective, as such it is not about ‘Private Stock’ graded maple tops – Even so, the Collings i35LC is not a ‘plain Jane’ guitar and in many ways its simplicity is its beauty – Less is more approach – A large portion of the overall tone comes from the wood and in particular the neck – Fat neck, fat tone, thin neck thin tone, so like any good 335 based instrument, the Collings i35LC has a comfortable medium to full C neck profile – Enough girth to enrich the tone, sustain and stability, but not to the point that it impedes the playing experience – The Collings may not exactly play itself, but you try and put it down and stop playing it

Now onto the Tonal character  – First of all I need to point out that the i35LC is more than happy to be played with its controls wide open on 10, or indeed with the pots ‘rolled off’ as required – Played with the pots ‘rolled off’ does not harm the guitars character one little bit, but it does deliver a softer voice, that is silky and smooth, yet retains its excellent articulation – For chilled out jazz and blues based players, or rock players who wish to take the foot of the pedal, then the ‘rolled off’ approach is the best option, with the volume pot around 6 or 7 – Trim the tone pot as required, with levels below five delivering some ‘woody’ jazz tones, not mushy, just dark – For silky licks and seductive blues/jazz chords, this approach works well and delivers all the tone, emotion and soul that you’ll ever need – The neck pick-up is fat, smooth and warm with incredible string separation, plus full, tight and clear lows, plus soft sparkling highs – The bridge pick-up has enough bite to cut and add plenty of attack, coupled with enough mids and bass to add body and depth – One of the best options is to leave the selector switch in the middle position, then just fade in/out the two volume controls as required to offer subtle, yet effective tonal variations  – From the fat blues tones of BB or Freddie King, to the slick and silky tones of Larry Carlton and Robben Ford, this a 335 semi based guitar at its absolute best – All this time I have talked about the i35LC with the pots ‘rolled off’, so now let’s take them back up to 10, to give you that wide open boost option, that many rock players may require, so more of the Joe Bonamassa rock/blues approach – Plenty of attack and dynamics but still so musically warm – Very open tone, so even with hi-gain amp settings, you can still hear the guitars tonal qualities and expression – No shortage of natural sustain, so when hooked up to your amp it will wailllllll as long as required – Overall the i35LC is a very infectious guitar, that is loaded with soul, character and expression and they are indeed great assets to be found in such a wonderful instrument

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