Collings CJ45 Traditional, Mahogany & Sitka Spruce


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Looking for a large-bodied slope shouldered dread, with a short scale length and vintage construction and appeal in spades? The CJ-45 T, or Traditional Series Collings Jumbo, has you covered. Collings makes their CJ models with a wide array of tonewood, neck profile, scale length, and finish options, but the CJ-45 Traditional with Sitka spruce top may be the all around most versatile and balanced. The classic pairing of Sitka with mahogany gives the player dry, woody power and a warm, balanced tone. This particular CJ-45 has a shorter scale length of 24-7/8", "resulting in a somewhat percussive bottom end ideal for acoustic blues or other styles that benefit from a more controlled bass response."

To sweeten the pot even further, this CJ-45 was built with Collings' Traditional construction and voicing techniques. The vintage-inspired approach adds a different bracing pattern than the standard CJs, as well as the T-Series neck design combined with the C profile.

  • Model/body: CJ-T
  • Top: Sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: Honduran mahogany
  • Neck: Honduran mahogany
  • Fretboard: Indian rosewood with 19 frets and MOP long dots
  • Bridge and pins: Ebony straight-style, Ivoroid pins
  • Saddle: Bone, cutthrough
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Rosette: Single-ring of multiple b/w purflings
  • Headstock veneer: Ebony with MOP Collings logo
  • Brace pattern: CJ-45 wartime scalloped X-brace
  • Scale length: 24-7/8"
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • String spacing: 2-5/16"
  • Lower bout: 16"
  • Depth: 4-7/8"
  • Serial number: 32008
  • Year of build: 2021
  • Case: Deluxe hardshell case by TKL


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Key Features

Collings' slope-shouldered dread is a powerful workhorse guitar, with a versatile, easy-playing short scale length
Classic Sitka spruce and mahogany offer a warm, dry and clear tone, perfect for both flatpicking and fingerpicking
A gorgeous sunburst compliments the vintage vibe of this powerful guitar

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