Collings updates its Traditional Series with the CJ-45 T

Collings CJ-45 T
(Image credit: Collings)

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Following the release of Julian Lage's 470 JL signature, Collings has unveiled a new acoustic guitar that seeks to the push the boundaries of its existing Traditional Series – the CJ-45 T.

Sporting the aesthetics of a slope-shoulder dreadnought of the Wartime era, the new CJ-45 T seeks to deliver an equally classic acoustic tone and feel.

Make no mistake – this is not simply a repackaged, moderately tweaked version of the original CJ guitar. Instead, this is a fully reimagined, vintage-inspired instrument that has been completely reengineered.

The Sitka spruce top partners Honduran mahogany back and sides, as well as a Honduran mahogany C-shape neck and 12" radius Indian rosewood fretboard –
a combination of woods hand-selected to achieve a warm tonal dynamic. 

Collings CJ-45 T

(Image credit: Collings)

Other features include an ultra-thin nitrocellulose sunburst finish, a bone nut and saddle, and an exceptionally flat back design, which enhances the instruments pronounced mid-range and strong vintage voice.

Despite sharing the same body shape as the other models in the CJ range, behind the scenes is a new Wartime scalloped X-bracing pattern – constructed out of Adirondack spruce – that promises to deliver a significantly expanded tonal range.

Head over to Collings for more info.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.