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2021 290 with Crimson Finish and Charlie Christian Pickup

2021 290 with Crimson Finish and Charlie Christian Pickup


By virtue of Collings' impeccable craftsmanship, everything about this instrument is distilled to a bare-bones, no-nonsense perfection. Like a study in simplicity, its clean, sturdy appearance expresses the essence of refined utility. Its straightforward looks alone leave no doubt that this guitar was made for one purpose - to be put to use for some serious music making, and it delivers.

In terms of performance, the combination of playability and sound is superb. The clean, beautifully shaped body bevels comfortably balance the guitar with a player's body, and the peerless fretwork and smoothly curved neck heel provide for smooth, almost effortless playing over the entire reach of the fingerboard. At the same time, the guitar's voice is marked by a wide expressive range that is equally inspiring. Even the natural acoustic sound of this instrument is surprisingly satisfying which is due no doubt to Collings' selective choice and use of only the most resonant tonewoods. And with this instrument's natural responsiveness coupled to just two Lollar pickups and a select amplifier, one can produce sounds of such tonal diversity that every music genre defined by the electric guitar is within reach - from warm mellow jazz to edgy, gut-wrenching grinds.

This particular guitar is a spin on John Lennon’s iconic Junior, complete with a Lollar Charlie Christian neck pickup. The Charlie Christian is a nice alternative for those who may find neck position P90s to be on the muddy side, as it retains all of the warmth that one looks for in a neck pickup but with a stringy clarity and less prominent lower midrange. As such, this unique spin on the 290 is one that is sure to please!


  • Honduran Mahogany Body
  • Honduran Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood with Ivoroid Long Dot Inlays
  • C Shape Neck Profile
  • Bone Nut
  • 1 11/16” Nut Width
  • 24 7/8” Scale Length
  • Ebony Headstock Veneer with Mother of Pearl Collings Logo
  • Lollar Charlie Christian (Neck) and Dog Ear P90 (Bridge)
  • Individual Volume Tone Knobs for Each Pickup
  • 3-Way Pickup Selector
  • Kluson ABR-1 Bridge and Stop Tailpiece
  • Nickel Gotoh Tuning Machines with Colling Logo
  • 3-Ply Black/Cream/Black Pickguard
  • Deluxe Ameritage Hardshell Case
Model 290CR
Serial Number(s) 290211658