Brand new 2022 build, just received!
Our goal for the I-30 LC was to take the concept of a double cutaway, fully-hollow, P90 equipped guitar and refine it to the extent that it offers something truly new for today's players. The result is one of the most acoustically responsive and versatile electric guitars we have ever offered.
Jet Black is a great color choice to showcase the finer details of our aged finish and hardware option package, which fits right in with the vintage aesthetic of of the I-30 LC. The ungrained ivoroid bindings take on a warm hue and the lightly checked finish has a more muted, semi-gloss sheen. Authentically tarnished hardware completes the look for an unassuming, time-worn vibe with refined, vintage hollow-body tone to match.
The lightweight, "trestle" braced body of the I-30 LC has been refined through extensive R&D, and is the distillation of knowledge gleaned from our popular I-35 and Statesman LC series. The trestle brace design directly couples the neck and tail block, creating exceptional strength and acoustical energy transference, while also allowing for a lightness and responsiveness that is both a tactile and musical joy to experience.
Playing the I-30 LC, you can easily feel the acoustic energy travel through the symmetric arches and re-curves of the top and back. These plates have been custom laminated and voiced for a tonality that is acoustic guitar-like in its resonance and dynamic response, but focused and feedback resistant enough to be utilized in jazz, blues, rock n' roll and many other styles. Our new custom designed trapeze tailpiece provides just the right amount of "give" for a relaxed string feel and effortless playability.
Lollar Dog Ear P90s are perfectly matched to the instrument's acoustic response and offer a wide palette of tones from rich jazzy warmth to 1960's British Invasion style chime. Drawing its inspiration from both classic electric designs and our own previous models, the I-30 LC is an exciting step forward and an intriguing new Collings sound.
Construction: Fully hollow w/ parallel trestle braces
Body: Maple laminate
Top: Maple laminate
Neck: Honduran mahogany
Body Binding: Non-grained ivoroid
Fingerboard Binding: Non-grained ivoroid
Peghead Binding: None
Bridge: Kluson ABR-1(nickel-plated zinc w/ retaining wire)
Tailpiece: Collings original trapeze tailpiece
Fingerboard: Rosewood w/ MOP long dots (5mm non-tapered)
Soundhole: F-holes (unbound)
Pickups: Lollar Dog Ear P90s w/ custom phenolic covers
Pots/Caps: DiMarzio 500K / Jupiter Vintage Yellow
Knobs: Amber or black top hat
Nut: 1 11/16"
Scale Length: 24 7/8"
Neck Joint: Extra long mortise & tenon
Frets: Medium 18% nickel-silver
Peghead Veneer: Ebony w/ MOP Collings logo
Peghead Profile: Haircut
Tuners: Nickel Gotoh w/ Collings logo
Wiring: 50s style
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Guitar Finish: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
Truss Rod Cover: Black/Cream/Black
Strings: D'Addario NYXL1149 (.011" - .049")
Case: Deluxe hardshell case by Ameritage