Collings and Julian Lage team up for a signature electric guitar, the 470 JL

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Collings has paired with jazz and modern guitar virtuoso Julian Lage on an acoustic guitar model, the signature OM1 JL. But now the company and Lage have joined together on a first-ever collaboration: the new – and electric – 470 JL.

The new guitar boasts fully-hollow construction, with a trestle block for stability and feedback resistance.

Features include a solid Honduran mahogany body with a maple laminate top, a set Honduran mahogany neck with a C/V hybrid profile and a 12-inch radius 22-fret ebony fingerboard.

Other specs include a slightly-longer-than-standard 24 7/8” scale length, relic nickel Waverly tuners with vintage oval buttons, a pinned ebony with tune-o-matic saddle top bridge and a Bigsby B3 vibrato tailpiece.

Collings Julian Lage electric model

(Image credit: Collings Guitars)

A pair of Ron Ellis Ellisonics, a higher-wound pickup with the “fidelity and clarity of a true vintage single coil” are controlled via master volume and two tone knobs.

Aesthetic touches, meanwhile, include an ultra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer with a hand-rubbed “Antiqued” patina, an acrylic tortoise or parchment pickguard, non-grain ivoroid body binding and a new “haircut” peghead profile.

The 470 JL is available in Antiqued Black, Antiqued Blonde and Antiqued Sunburst. For more information, head  to Collings Guitars.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.