1 JimmyR 1 week ago Today a guitar buddy brought around his new pride and joy, a black aged Collings I35. I last played one at Umanovs in NY quite a few years ago and was very, very impressed. The standard of finish was incredible and it sounded great through a Marshall 18W combo. But of course that was a while ago, it wasn't through my gear and time alters memories...So it was wonderful to be able to compare an I35 to my own Gibson '59 CS 335. Both are lightweight guitars and of course the Collings is a bit smaller in size. I was surprised that the Collings neck felt almost sharp at the edge of the binding - no "rolled edges" on the fingerboard here! In comparison my 335 (I think it's from around 2018) felt like an old, worn in guitar. The neck is slightly bigger on my 335 but both are very comfy and don't stop me from playing anything I like.The thing which surprised me most was that the Collings sounded good but not especially lush or wonderful. The sound was quite unremarkable. Everything you would want was there except personality. Maybe I have been spoilt by a particularly nice 335 but it felt to me like the Collings was almost a bit bland. That really surprised me because of my previous encounter and because the Collings cost my friend a helluva lot more than my 335 cost me! I felt a little smug that my 335 sounded (to me anyway) a lot more interesting, lush and classic, and that it also played better for me.My friend likes a lower action than me but the action on the Collings was a hair higher than on the 335. I know he will get the action as low as he can, so that also surprised me.So all in all this was a good way to spend time and I feel happy that the 335 is right for me. I knew it was a good one - now I feel even happier with it. And my friend is delighted with his I35, which is really all that matters.