Collings DS1 (Torrefied)

Collings DS1 (Torrefied)

Torrefied Sitka Spruce & Mahogany
1-3/4" Nut • 25-1/2" Scale

Regular price $4,320 + FREE SHIPPING Sale Serial 29060

Questions? Contact Sean and John at mail@avenueguitars.com or (719) 634-2228

Collings "DS" 12-fret slope shoulder dreadnought with optional torrefied Sitka spruce top and 1-3/4" nut (versus the standard 1-13/16" nut). 

Collings' slope shoulder dreads are among the biggest guitars they make, and they definitely offer the kind of huge, vibrant tone you'd expect from an instrument this size.

This is our first mahogany DS, and tonally it's a bit more dry and crisp than the rosewood models we've played.  Tons of bass and projection--this would be an ideal bluegrass/country guitar for folks who want something a little different from the pack.

DS 12-Fret Dreadnought Body Size

This is the original 12-fret dreadnought shape, first designed as an oversized Hawaiian guitar almost a century ago.

Collings has retained the shape and wide neck with slotted headstock from that bygone era, but their DS models are thoroughly modern guitars with a unique sound all their own.

The longer body, with the bridge closer to the center of the lower bout, delivers an open, airy tone with smoothness and warmth not typically found in modern, 14-fret dreadnoughts.

Whether flatpicked or played fingerstyle, these guitars have lots of headroom and the wide dynamic range invites everything from mellow accompaniment to biting leads.

Body Length 20-7/8"
Body Depth 4-7/8"
Lower Bout Width 15-5/8"
Total Length 40-1/8”

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.

Torrefied Top

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. 

Modified V Neck Profile

Collings Modified V neck profile diagram

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.

Body SizeDS (12-Fret Dreadnought)
Top WoodTorrefied Sitka Spruce
Back & SidesMahogany
FingerboardEbony
Nut Width1-3/4"
Scale Length25-1/2"
Neck ProfileModified V
StringsD'Addario Medium EJ17 (13 - 56)
CaseCollings TKL Deluxe Geib-Style 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

Craftsmanship

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.

Wood Selection

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.

Hand-Voiced Top

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.

Tone

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.

Playability

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.

Finish

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.

Consistency

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.

Small Production

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.

Warranty

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.

View the full Collings warranty.