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This D2H has been customized with a 1-3/4" nut, Adirondack braces, and Collings' "no tongue brace" option.
Dreadnought Body Size
Since its inception in 1916, the square-shouldered 14-fret dreadnought has become the most popular steel-string acoustic guitar body shape in the world.
While Collings is certainly not the first to build them, they've brought a new tonal clarity to the depth and warmth usually associated with such a large, deep-bodied guitar.
Although its bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment, Collings versions are also often employed by bluegrass flatpickers who must compete with inherently louder instruments such as banjos and fiddles.
|Lower Bout Width||15-5/8"|
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.
Indian Rosewood Back & Sides
East Indian rosewood is an extremely versatile tonewood due to its crisp high end and robust bass response.
Indian rosewood's complex overtones and rich bottom end have made it a top choice of fingerstylists, vocalists, and players who prefer a sweet, warm tone.
Even though Indian rosewood doesn't offer as much mid-range punch of mahogany, its well-balanced tone and broad dynamic range make it an excellent choice for strum-heavy genres.
Modified V Neck Profile
Designed for versatility and comfort, the Modified V is Collings' standard neck profile and is used on the majority of their guitars.
Most players find the Modified V to be perfect for a wide variety of styles. It's full enough to remain comfortable during long play sessions, but slim enough to be fast and precise when the situation demands it.
The Modified V does have a noticeable "V" shape, but it's relatively soft and subtle.
Compared to the low-profile necks found on most Martin and Taylor guitars, the Modified V has a similar depth but is a bit more angular. Most Martin and Taylor players will feel right at home on a Modified V neck.
No Tongue Brace
The tongue brace is a flat, thin brace that runs across a guitar's upper bout underneath the tongue of the fingerboard. It's designed to prevent cracking along the sides of the fingerboard, which was an occasional issue on some popular pre-war guitars.
So why have an option to remove the tongue brace? There are a few reasons:
- Some players believe that the absence of the tongue brace allows the top to vibrate more freely, and therefore produce a subtly more open sound.
- Some players like to try and duplicate pre-war bracing designs as much as possible.
- Clarence White's 1935 D-28 didn't have a tongue brace. Many builders offer "Clarence White-style guitars" (like Collings' CW model) in which they leave out the tongue brace.
While the tongue brace is a good safeguard against tension cracks, modern building techniques greatly reduce the potential for problems. The odds of encountering an issue are extremely low, and even then it would be 40 to 50 years before the guitar needed any kind of attention.
This guitar has Adirondack braces instead of the standard Sitka spruce braces found on most Collings guitars. Adirondack is a bit stiffer and harder than Sitka, giving it a subtly quicker and clearer response.
Adirondack bracing also provide a bit of extra "headroom," allowing the guitar to retain clarity and crispness during agressive playing.
When it comes to bracing, we feel the difference between Adirondack and Sitka is minimal. Adirondack braces will flavor the tone slightly, their tonal impact is minor when weighed against body size, tonewoods, and build quality.
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.
|Top Wood||Sitka Spruce|
|Back & Sides||Indian Rosewood|
|Neck Profile||Modified V|
|Strings||D'Addario Medium EJ17 (13 - 56)|
|Case||Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case|
|Back & Sides||E. Indian rosewood|
|Body Binding||Ivoroid with herringbone purfling|
|Bridge||Ebony belly-style with 2-3/16" spacing|
|Fingerboard||Ebony with abalone long diamond & squares|
|Bridge Pins/End Pin||Ebony with MOP dot|
|Nut||Bone, 1-3/4" 67|
|Neck Profile||Modified V|
|Peghead Profile||Tapered square with volute|
|Neck Joint||Mortise & tenon hybrid|
|Truss Rod||Fully adjustable|
|Frets||Medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Peghead Veneer||Stained Exotic Ebony with MOP Collings logo|
|Tuners||Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)|
|Rosette||iv/tort/iv & b/w purflings|
|Brace Material||Adirondack spruce 67|
|Brace Pattern||Pre-war scalloped X-brace|
|Fingerboard Radius||14" - 26" compound|
|Body Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Strings||D'Addario EJ17 (.013"- .056")|
|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.