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Collings OM3 Custom
'OM' stands for "Orchestra Model," but 80 years after this body shape was first designed it has become the most popular 14-fret model with fingerstyle guitar soloists who choose to play on steel strings. Yet flatpickers also find it appealing, and when the graceful cutaway is added these OMs are often used by lead players who routinely explore all 20 frets much as they would on an electric guitar. 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.
This Particular Custom OM3 is outfitted with a Baked Sitka Spruce top and premium Baked Maple Back & Sides. When torrefied, Sitka Spruce becomes very open and responsive. It's noticeably warmer and more-open sounding, with the woodiness, snap and depth of a well played-in guitar. A joy to play, and a fingerpicker's..or flatpicker's dream guitar. The maple(German maple to be exact) is much warmer than American Big leaf maple, it is direct, punchy, and great for cutting through a mix! This OM is the perfect recording guitar due to the punch in the treble and bass. The maple is got a great ring to it with enough warmth to keep from going to trebly.
This custom OM also features an Ivoroid binding throughout the body, fretboard & headstock; as well as a custom 1 23/32" nut width that feels great for fingerstyle and strumming!