Tell me about Collings City Limits

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  1. Puckbucker

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    Are these semihollow? Curious to hear any owners share their views on what looks like an awesome guitar. Cheers.
     
  2. The bear

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    Hi, they are not semi-hollows.
    Fairly light guitars though usually around 8lbs, some even lighter. Has a belly cut and slightly longer scale 24 7/8 than a Gibson. I have never owned one but have played maybe 4-5 and I really liked them. Many people try to compare them to Les Paul's but they definitely have their own thing. The only single cut solid body I have is a McInturff taurus, if I was going to get another one it would most likely be a CL standard, might go for a goldtop, pickguard and throbaks.
     
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  3. pinner

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    Like The bear said they are not semi-hollow but a lightish version of the maple mahogany single cut les paulish design (with belly and thigh cuts). Supposedly some the the earliest may have been chambered but that has ended long ago, They are not Les Pauls but are amazingly built guitars that are a dream to play and IMO sound great. in its own right. Less mid honk of a Les Paul with a more even response with more articulation and clarity. Holds the quality of tone all the way up the neck (ie doesnt plink out). Scale is a little longer at 24 7/8 so it will feel a little stiffer but still most are surprised that mine has 11s when they try. Necks are almost a 59ish (smaller) with some rounded shoulders. I find this neck the most comfortable. Same on my i35lc. Mine weights at 8lbs so it is comfortable and has regular Lollar Imperials in it which are very nice pickups. I am however close to putting some Throbak 101+s in it as I am looking for a little bit more aggressive and harmonically active (??? lol) tone. I heard great things about these pickups in other guitars and most recently in some who put them in a CL.I love mine but hoping the pup change may put it really over the top. I would recommend that it is a must try guitar. As with anything it all comes down to personal preference but I do recommend trying it. Have tone of clips with it on my soundcloud page.

    Funky Blues - Moderate gain
    [SOUNDCLOUD]https://soundcloud.com/pinner/funk-blues-in-e[/SOUNDCLOUD]

    Blues - Moderate Gain
    [SOUNDCLOUD]https://soundcloud.com/pinner/zingaro-test-help-the-poor-1[/SOUNDCLOUD]

    Hard Rock through Marshall - Mod to high gain
    [SOUNDCLOUD]https://soundcloud.com/pinner/brey-mod-1-plexi-test-hard[/SOUNDCLOUD]

    Jazz Blues - Clean Neck Pickup
    [SOUNDCLOUD]https://soundcloud.com/pinner/zingaro-blues[/SOUNDCLOUD]

    Pic of Mine!

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  4. pinner

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    Also here is a live video with mine. My solo starts at the 2 min mark.

     
  5. Brit'ish

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    I owned at least a couple of CL Deluxe and they are great guitars but they aren't a LP at all. That is neither good nor bad it all depends what you like, they were too polished/polite for me.
     
  6. Puckbucker

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    Thanks (and great clips pinner). Using a Zingaro? Sounds very nice.
    I've owned LPs and have some nice more traditional PRS humbuckers.
    Saw one of these City Limits locally and it looked tempting (not that I need a guitar).
     
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    Ha! Stellar camera work. You sound good though.
     
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    I was just looking at my I35lc and noticed something that didn't look right. The tailpiece has the same angle as the bridge. It's funny- and this is how brainwashed we are when it comes to guitars- I thought it was a mistake. But no, it makes good sense. Anybody else notice it?
    Why has this not been changed on all guitars with this configuration. It makes no sense at all to have an angled bridge but a squared tailpiece.
     
  9. Ape Factory

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    Are the string holes in the tailpiece drilled "straight" but the tailpiece is angled? I've been avoiding driving to Austin to visit the Collings factory for fear of what it would do to my bank account and guitar collection.
     
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    No, they're not. That would be cool but the angle is not steep enough to cause the string to bend coming out of the tailpiece so not really an issue.
     
  11. Autoesq

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    Awesome guitars. Here are my pair of 2008 CL Deluxe guitars, both with BRW boards. The amber has Throbak pups with oil in paper caps and the tobacco burst is stock.


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    I have a black CL Dlx with Brazilian RW fretboard. It will definitely cover LP territory, but it is a little more refined-sounding.
     
  13. The bear

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    This is porn!
     
  14. Spoonful

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    My CL Deluxe weighs in at about 8.6 lbs. The things I like about Collings electrics are - build quality, the neck shape, the fret work, the way the guitars balance both seated or standing and that they don't sound exactly like their counterparts. And its difficult to ignore the finish on a Collings guitar. I will also say that the bridge and tailpiece on my CL is much better than what is on my Les Paul. I'm always having to fiddle around with saddle screws riding up on the Les Paul. Probably end up replacing that bridge with something more stable. The good news is I always have my CL as a backup.
     
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    I have a CL and it amazing. I was looking for a historic LP and decided to go with the CL instead. Couldn't be happier. It came with lollars but I swapped them out for a set of jim Wagner cross roads set. I have a Sadowsky semi with throwbaks which I love and I was gonna put them in the CL but I stumbled on a good deal on some jim Wagner's pickups. I have to say they're different than throbak paf but are on the same level imo.
     

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