Back in April last year, I was complaining about a stunning guitar that I have as part of my collection: a Collings CL Deluxe.
I hardly ever play it. Why? Because the instrument is simply too polite. I’m not sure what else to say about it. Flawlessly hand built, it is one of the most wonderfully crafted instruments I have ever played.
But the tone? Only so so.
My 76 Les Paul has more character than the Collings CL Deluxe.
Last year I thought about dropping in a different set of humbuckers. I did not get around to doing so for a variety of reasons. And I thought about selling the instrument. On the used market, these guitars are selling wellÂ over the $5,000 mark. Clearly collectible. Perhaps worth holding on to this particular guitar more as an investment.
That said, I am now debating pulling out the Lollar Imperials and dropping in a set of ThroBak Pro-90s.
The pickups are described this way:
The ThroBak PRO-90, humbucker sized P90, duplicates the construction, materials, and growl of a vintage P90 pickup by using ThroBak”™s proprietary Vintage Coreâ„¢ specifications. The ThroBak PRO-90 brings a new level of authentic tone and feel to players seeking 50”™s P-90 growl making these the best humbucker sized P90 in their class. 100% USA made.
I’m still a bit hesitant to try the change. The pickups are expensive and I really do not have an option to try before I buy. And I am still feeling very guilty about leaving this instrument in the case. I’d love to take it out and play it.
I have a major event coming up in December. Maybe I should just get the Pro-90s and get the Collings outÂ for that event.