Collings OM1 Traditional (Torrefied)
• 1-3/4" Nut • 25-1/2" Scale
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This is a standard OM1 Traditional with an optional torrefied Sitka spruce top ($90 upcharge).
The Traditional Series
The Traditional or "T" Series guitars reflect Bill Collings' return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound.
Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all nitrocellulose lacquer finish, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive.
Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to create a voicing characterized by warm, rounded highs and a present low midrange, while retaining a quick attack and strong projection.
Each Traditional series guitar will come with a handmade lightweight Collings case designed and built in the Collings shop. The pairing of these new Traditional guitars and cases makes for a combination of old world quality and aesthetic that is unprecedented among instruments available today.
Each T-Series guitar features hand selected tone woods that are voiced to facilitate the warm rounded highs and present low mids that characterize the tonality of Collings' Traditional series.
T-Series guitars are constructed of all solid woods that are acquired, acclimated, and hand selected by master luthiers in the Collings shop and joined using animal protein glue.
The T-Series Nitrocellulose lacquer finish is sanded to an even thinner thickness than Collings' standard instruments, allowing the natural qualities of the wood to shine.
Featuring an amber lacquer toner with unique wood purflings, rosettes and bridge pins, the Traditional series have classic appointments to match their distinctive tone.
OM (Orchestra Model) Body Size
When the Orchestra Model was introduced in the 1920s, it was designed with the ensemble guitarist in mind. However, the OM's compact size and balanced tone quickly made it top choice among fingerstyle players, and even today it remains one of the most popular guitar body sizes around.
Despite the OM's close association with fingerstyle players, many flatpickers are fond of the shape as well. An OM may not have the raw power and booming bass of a dreadnought, but its refined, even tone mean it's well-suited to rhythm or vocal accompaniment.
The compact shape makes the Collings OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the relatively shallow body (barely over 4 inches deep) results in balanced tone and an immediate response.
|Lower Bout Width||15"|
Sitka Spruce Top
Sitka is an excellent all-purpose wood that performs well in nearly any situation. Its blend of strength, stiffness, and density produce a well rounded tone with ample warmth and complexity.
Sitka's large dynamic range means it maintains most of its tonal qualities at any volume level. Whether you're swatting out a bluegrass rhythm or playing an intricate fingerstyle piece, Sitka will respond with its signature crispness, clarity, and depth.
Torrefaction is a process that involves heating a guitar's top in an oxygen-free environment for a period of time, essentially "roasting" or "baking" the wood.
This has the effect of gently pre-aging the top while also giving the wood a beautiful caramel color. While the tonal changes are subtle, we do think the process adds a little extra sparkle and responsiveness.
For more info on torrefaction, we recommend this article on Reverb.com featuring the man who helped popularize the process, Dana Bourgeois of Bourgeois Guitars.
Mahogany Back & Sides
Mahogany is known for its prominent mid-range and woody tonal qualities. It's a great all-around option for any player, but its direct, punchy voice makes it especially popular for styles requiring lots of projection and clarity.
Traditional Neck Profile
The Traditional neck profile is based on Collings' Vintage profile, which is their fullest design. While similar to the Vintage profile, the Traditional neck is slightly smaller overall and has gently rounded fingerboard edges to give it a slightly more played-in feel.
It's a bit fuller than what many people are used to, but it's not overly bulky or "clubby." We feel the Traditional neck is an elegant take on a classic design, and while it's larger than a modern Martin or Taylor neck most players find it just as comfortable.
All Traditional necks have a 1-3/4" nut. The string spacing at the bridge is 2-5/16", which is 1/8" wider than the standard Modified V. The neck depth (including fingerboard) is typically .815" at the 1st fret and .995" at the 9th fret.
Collings Traditional Case
Introduced in 2016, Collings' Traditional cases were designed to recreate the lightweight, durable, perfectly fitted instrument cases of the 1930s. Designed by Bill Collings and handcrafted in his Austin factory, the Collings cases are as beautiful as they are functional.
The new Collings cases are about 30% lighter than the deluxe TKL models. They're also far less bulky and easier to carry thanks to their improved balance.
|Body Size||OM (Orchestra Model)|
|Top Wood||Torrefied Sitka Spruce|
|Back & Sides||Mahogany|
|Strings||D'Addario Light EJ16 (12 - 53)|
|Case||Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case|
Founded by Bill Collings in 1973, Collings Guitars has grown to become one of the most respected names in acoustic music.
Avenue Guitars is proud to be a Collings Premier Dealer. This status is only given to the top 10 dealers out of nearly 150 Collings distributors worldwide
There are few builders who can match Collings when it comes to fit and finish.
Their instruments have clean, sharp lines and mirror-like finishes. Even small details like the meticulously polished saddle and the crisp inlay work demonstrate Collings' uncompromising devotion to quality.
This fanatical attention to detail results in instruments that look as beautiful they sound.
Every Collings acoustic guitar, from their most affordable model to the highest end, are built with the finest tonewoods available. Each wood is acquired, acclimated, and hand-picked by Collings' master luthiers who choose each component with the whole tonality of the end instrument in mind.
Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, Collings hand-voices each acoustic guitar top by sanding and carving it to the optimal thickness. This means that the character of the wood is shaped by a human ear and not an arbitrary number on a drum sander.
While tone is a subjective topic, we feel Collings instruments tend to have a complex, focused voice with excellent clarity and single note definition.
They're extremely responsive, so you don't need to work very hard to produce great tone. That said, when you dig in you'll find that Collings guitars are some of the loudest, most powerful acoustic instruments around.
Every instrument naturally has its own unique personality depending on body size and tonewoods, but Collings' meticulous voicing and exacting construction techniques ensure that each guitar sounds as good as it possibly can.
Collings guitars and mandolins play exceptionally well right out of the box thanks to a combination of PLEK machine fret leveling and the skilled work of a Collings setup tech.
Most players love the factory setup, but we're always happy to set up your new instrument to your exact preferences. The precision engineering of a Collings product means that we can work at tighter tolerances and make your guitar play EXACTLY the way you want.
One aspect of a Collings instrument that is difficult to capture in photos is the flat, glassy quality of their finish. It really has to be seen to be appreciated!
Collings' standard nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005" and .007" in thickness, maximizing acoustical response while providing excellent protection and aesthetics.
With the exception of certain hardware items, Collings makes nearly all components in house. Even simple parts like bridge pins and pickguards are fabricated in the Colling shop.
Collings also takes advantage of the latest technology in CNC and laser cutting to eliminate variance and ensure that each instrument meets Bill's incredibly high standards
This tight control over every facet of production means that Collings instruments are incredibly consistent in terms of build quality, playability, and tone.
The big guys are making amazing instruments, but Collings' lower production levels mean that each guitar or mandolin gets a level of personal care and attention that's just not possible on a large production scale.
A few numbers to put things in perspective: Over the last several years, Collings produced around about 1,500 flat top guitars a year, or roughly four a day. The major US-based brands build 400 to 500 guitars a day.
Collings instruments have a lifetime warranty to the original owner.
In the 10+ years we've been a Collings dealers we can count the number of warranty issues we've had on one hand, but it's nice to know the protection is there if you need.