Collings singlecut 290 v. Doublecut 290 -sustain?

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  1. NBlair930

    NBlair930 Silver Supporting Member

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    Curious if the singlecut 290 sustains more than doublecut 290 due to more wood at the neck connection to the body. I guess this same comparison woulld hold true to a Gibson LP Special singlecutaway v. Double cutaway.
     
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    NBlair930 Silver Supporting Member

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    No one has any experience SC v. DC? An educated guess?

    I ask becuase i was recently schocked by the perceived difference in sustain that my SG had when picked up immediatly after playing my Les Paul. In that case thicker body slab also plays a factor. In my example in the OP, the main difference is body type & neck attachment, but body thickness remains the same/similar.
     
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    I want to say the DC version might have a bit more sustain with that single wraptail bridge. Tough to be sure about that, but I prefer the DC's feel and tone. Both have what you want, both are excellent guitars.
     
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    I'd like to revive this thread just to ask, all things being equal, what are the tonal differences between the single cut and the double cut body?
     
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    I have played both, but hasn't spent a whole lot of time with the double cut.
    I am mot sure if there is any difference in the sustain, probably nothing too noticeable. The singlecut might be a little mor fatter and deeper sounding, while the double cut is a bit more focused. Keep in mind that both models can be has with that wraparound bridge, which is actually designed and made in-house by Collings. Maybe shoot Mark at Collings an email and ask about the differences, he will give you an open and honest answer. Really a pleasant guy to deal with.
     
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  6. Samba

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    Wood varies, and so does sustain - the biggest factor when amplified is that the neck pickup on the DC is moved a little further away from the neck to facilitate the join to the body. Makes for a slightly different tone (a hint more middle pickup sounding.)

    Which ever you go for, I'd opt for the Collings bell bronze wraptail. I've found them to be consistently warmer/bigger sounding than the two-piece.

    You can see the gap to the fingerboard below:

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    That's a big difference about where the neck pickup is located. I imagine that would make for a different sound both in the neck pickup, but also in the middle position.

    If I remember correctly, K Line said he deliberately moves both pickups closer to the bridge on his guitars that are styled this way. I can't remember why, but he may have said it makes for a clearer, less muddy sound?
     
  8. Samba

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    Yes, the wound strings amplify a little more percussive/snappy from my experience. Though that might also have something to do with the different neck joints too. I like them both.
     

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