I'm hoping the collective wisdom of TGP can help me make a decision. I almost never start a thread, I usually just search the archives, but this time I need opinions about my specific situation. I've decided to buy a really nice electric guitar once and for all. I've come to the conclusion that I might actually save money in the long run by buying a Collings electric. I'm hoping that GAS will subside if I bond with (what I perceive as) a top of the line instrument. The main indecision I have at this point is which Collings for me? My heart cant decide between an I35lc and a City Limits. My head tells me 290. I'm still even entertaining ideas about Gibson and Gretsch but I will be buying on line so I'd rather go with Collings which I consider very consistent. Here is some pertinent information about me that you might want to know. I play in a regional rock and country-rock band. 95% of our material is original. It's a four piece and I'm the utility player. I spend half of any gig playing banjo. Yes rock and roll banjo! The rest of the time I play electric guitar styles ranging from clean-ish country chicken picking' to classic rock levels of gain. My amp is a Rivera Sedona 55 and it's the only amp I've found that works really well for acoustic banjo and electric guitar. This amp is the cornerstone of my rig so I actually own two of them. The channel I use for electric is Marshall voiced though I'm not sure which era Marshall. hopefully some of you might know. To me this channel seems dark until I reach higher gain levels that don't work for chicken pickin'. I usually set up the amp on the edge of breakup and boost with pedals as needed. My number one guitar is a Gibson SG classic with lots of upgrades including Lollar P90s. This guitar is versatile and works well for my gig but sometimes the mid-range seems too prominent in a nasty way and I can't dial it out at the amp. My number two is a 97' Fender California series telecaster which has a humbucker in the neck. This is the guitar that I would probably use but for a few issues. The front man in the band plays a tele and the band mix works a little better with differently voiced guitars. Sometimes it seems too thin. Finally, the Gibson just feels better. I have been playing Gibson banjos long before I started playing guitar so the Gibson feels like family. My question is which Collings should I buy? It needs to have enough versatility to cover some different styles with a Marshall type amp. Since I play originals it doesnt need to nail any particular tone it just needs to be in the ballpark. The 290 seems to be similar to my SG so I'm guessing it would work. On the other hand it may be too similar (same pickups) and I might be better off with something completely different. The I35lc is such a stunning instrument that I feel like it could be a lifer for me. I have read countless threads about 335 style guitars being versatile but seems to me that some of this versatility comes from its proficiency at jazz and I have no interest in jazz. Will the I35lc be bright enough for clean country? The City Limits looks like it splits the difference sonically and price wise. I'm pretty sure I can get great rock tones with a Les Paulish guitar and a Marshally amp but I'm not sure about the versatility. I love the idea of a telecaster on steroids like Pete thorn gets out of his Yaron LP but I'm never going to spend that kind of cash on a guitar. The cost of a Collings is plenty for me yet I don't know if these tones are possible. Opinions about which pickups to focus on would be helpful. Right now Im thinking that the low wind Imperials would be the best for clean tones and I could use a boost for more gain. Also I'm wondering if anybody has any feelings about which guitar is more forgiving? I am not a great guitar player and it's not my primary instrument. Of course I would love it if the guitar helped to make me sound a better, but I would be satisfied if it helped me to not sound as bad. Thanks for reading such a long post. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.