Introducing the Collings 470 JL – Julian Lage Signature Electric

Collings OM1 JL

The success of the Collings OM1 JL combined with Julian Lage’s love of electric guitars meant a second Collings-Julian collaboration was inevitable. But following such a highly praised signature model with yet another meant leaving nothing on the table. From its organic beginnings, the process envisioned by both parties was something designed and built from the sound up.

The Collings 470 JL results from years-long conversations, engineering, testing, tweaking, playing, and listening, and then doing it all over again until it was right. From first sketches through plugging in the final prototypes, every aspect of this model inside and out results from a unique approach, technique, and style – both from the builder’s and player’s point of view – culminating in a one-of-a-kind electric guitar experience. In collaboration with Julian Lage, here is the Collings 470 JL.

It represents everything I love about the electric guitar and is infused with the elegance and mastery that Collings brings to every instrument. It speaks to the early days of electric guitars, raw and powerful and alive, and points to the future as well. I can’t wait to hear it in the hands of other guitarists!

Julian Lage
ConstructionFully hollow w/ trestle block
BodySolid Honduran mahogany
TopMaple laminate
NeckHonduran mahogany
Body BindingNon-grained ivoroid
Fingerboard BindingEbony
Peghead BindingNone
BridgePinned ebony base w/ tune-o-matic saddle top (nylon saddles)
TailpieceBigsby vibrato B3
FingerboardEbony w/ graduated pearl dots
Fingerboard Radius12″
PickupsRon Ellis Ellisonics (custom adjustable height)
Pots/CapsDiMarzio 500K / Jupiter Vintage Yellow / Orange Drop Treble Bleed
KnobsBlack/Silver or Black/Gold Reflector Top
Pickup RingsBlack Phenolic
Nut1 11/16″ Delrin
Scale Length24 7/8″
Neck JointExtra long mortise & tenon
FretsMedium 18% nickel-silver
Peghead VeneerEbony w/ MOP Collings Script logo
Peghead Profile470 Haircut
TunersRelic nickel Waverly with vintage oval buttons (16:1 ratio)
Wiring470 Wiring (master volume, two tones)
Guitar FinishHigh gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
PickguardAcrylic Tortoise (1-ply) or Parchment (3-Ply)
Truss Rod CoverBlack/Cream/Black
StringsD’Addario NYXL1149 (.011″ – .049″)
CaseDeluxe hardshell case by Ameritage
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