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I-35 Deluxe 2011
Lollar Low Winds, Brazilian RW

Condition: Excellent -
Price:  $4,699
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Offered here is a guitar that is among my favorite electric guitars. As semi-hollow electrics go, you can't get much better than a Collings I-35. I sold this guitar a few months back and when it came back onto the market recently, I jumped at the chance to get it again for our inventory, as this is one special instrument, even as Collings guitars go!

The I-35 Deluxe is the top of the model line and has a solid (not laminated) carved top and with purfling. This one is finished in Blonde nitro lacquer. The neck is Collings medium/fat C-shape, measuring .875" at the first fret, increasing to .985" at the twelfth fret. The fretboard is made of Brazilian Rosewood  which is no longer available from Collings, along with parallelogram inlays and ivoroid binding. The bone nut has a width of 1-11/16", the fretboard radius is 12" and the guitar weighs just 6 pounds, 13 ounces. The electronics include Lollar Low Wind Imperial humbuckers with a traditional 50's style wiring setup (2 vol/2 tone/3 way). The bridge and tailpiece are nickel-plated TonePros. 

The build quality, playability and tone of this guitar is superb. Despite all the alternatives, including several costing thousands of dollars more, this model is my personal preference when looking for a 335-style guitar. It feels like it was carved from a single piece of wood. It plays so much better than the guitar is was modeled after and sounds better too. Please check out the brief sound sample provided.

This fabulous instrument is in excellent minus condition, with only a few tiny impressions on the body and neck (see photos). The worming on the neck is on the bass side of the neck at around the 6th fret and is not felt when playing. While I couldn't get a photo of it, there is a tiny bit of extremely light belt buckle worming on the back of the guitar as well. These cosmetic issues are minor and detract very little from the overall condition of what is otherwise a magnificent guitar. The frets show no observable wear. Included is the original Collings/Ameritage case and paperwork, including an email from my good friend Mark Althans of Collings confirming the Brazilian fretboard and other specs of this particular instrument. 

A new example of this guitar will cost you well over $6K and even at that price you can no longer get the Brazilian Rosewood fretboard. This well preserved example with Brazilian can be yours for a bunch less. Make it yours!

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