Collings offers three different standard neck options for our 14-fret guitars that vary in size and shape. The easiest way to understand the differences between our neck profiles is by looking at the saddle spacing. With wider saddle spacing, the neck gets larger as you move up towards the body. Our standard (non-vintage) neck has 2 3/16” spacing at the saddle. This neck has a modified V shape and is available with a 1 11/16”, 1 23/32”, or 1 ¾” nut width. The neck depth (including the fingerboard) is typically .840” at the 1st fret and .930” at the 9th fret. The fingerboard width measures 2.195” at the 12th fret.
The next size up is the profile called "Vintage Now" which has slightly wider spacing at the saddle (2 ¼”) with 1 ¾” at the nut. This neck is slightly larger than our standard (non-vintage) profile, but is not quite as large as some of the chunkiest vintage Martin necks. This neck has more of a vintage feel, but is more palatable than our standard Vintage neck (see below) to a lot of players. The neck shape is slightly rounder (less V) in the lower position and moves towards a modified V shape as you go up the neck. The neck depth (including the fingerboard) is typically .845” at the 1st fret and .960” at the 9th fret. The fingerboard width measures 2.195” at the 12th fret.
The chunkiest neck option is the standard Vintage neck profile, which has 2 3/8” spacing at the saddle with 1 ¾” at the nut. This neck profile was modeled after several pre-war Martin's and is a noticeably larger neck. Like the “Vintage Now” neck, the neck shape is slightly rounder (less V) in the lower position and moves towards a modified V shape as you go up the neck. The neck depth (including the fingerboard) is typically .845” at the 1st fret and 1.020” at the 9th fret. The fingerboard width measures 2.240” at the 12th fret.
Please view the following diagram for neck profile drawings, measurements and additional specifications. Aside from the neck and saddle spacing, there is no difference between a "vintage" and "non-vintage" model.
Collings Traditional models and the Julian Lage Signature OM1
Two new Collings models were added recently, each featuring their own unique neck profiles. You can compare these neck profiles to the Standard neck options discussed above.
Traditional D1T, D2HT, OM1T, and OM2HT
Their new Traditional neck profile is based on the Collings existing Vintage Now dimensions, but adds a more distinct neck taper and rounded fingerboard edges for a played-in feel.
Collings OM1 JL
Though Lage’s guitar shares the same foundational specs as the OM1 T, it is unique in some key ways. Its neck feels like no other Collings guitar. That’s because it’s modeled after Lage’s cherished 1939 Martin 000-18. This pre-war gem is heard on the guitarist’s 2015 solo album, “World’s Fair,” and was his main touring acoustic for years.
The 000-18’s neck—which was of course originally hand-shaped and sanded—has a distinctive taper altered by decades of wear. For Lage, this particular neck had come to feel like home. Through careful analysis and digitization of its unique dimensions, we were able to precisely recreate its worn-in, asymmetric feel on his signature model. While we maintained the relatively narrow 1 11/16" nut of the 000-18's neck, we extended the fretboard from the original short scale to our standard 25 ½" length for slightly greater presence and note definition.