With a double-cutaway mahogany body and two TV Jones Classic Filter'Tron pickups, this Collings 290 DC (serial #18369) offers unhindered access to the upper register and a wide range of tonal possibilities. The 290 DC's solid Honduran Mahogany body and one-piece mahogany neck allow for a ton of natural resonance and sustain. Its TV Jones Classic Filtertrons provide vintage twang and growl that can push an amp into creamy overdrive saturation, but still they clean up nicely when you roll back on the volume knobs. As we've come to expect from Collings, the volume and tone controls remain usable throughout every setting—no cliffs, no weak or anemic spots; just fat tone throughout. On this 290 DC, we're particularly impressed by the warmth of the neck pickup and how it blends with the bite of the bridge pickup. Also, the dynamic range is huge! Overall, it's an impressively versatile guitar that can cover a lot of territory—a true one-guitar quiver.
Superior tone and playability certainly make this Collings 290 DC a natural fit for the stage, but Collings' meticulous, hand-sanded Doghair finish—accented with Ivoroid fingerboard binding and a blacked-out pickguad—ensures this guitar looks every bit as good as it sounds. We ordered this one with a traditional tune-o-matic and stop-bar bridge in lieu of Collings' custom wraparound bridge. The extra mass is nice for weight balance and it adds to the sustain, but the main reason we chose this bridge was to ensure this guitar could always be set up right and intonated properly. We wanted this Collings 290 DC to be ready for the stage, so we couldn't let there be any reason it might stay home for the tour.