Collings 02H Guitar E 12 Fret Engelmann Spruce with Indian Rosewood and Herringbone
Here is another fine example of parlor power from Collings Guitars. Although this Collings 02H measures in at a marginal 13.5" inches in width (smaller than a
typical classical guitar), the Collings 0 has tone and volume that belies its first impression as being less than full-sized. Different than the standard Sitka Spruce top, this Engelmann Spruce top pairs perfectly with the Indian Rosewood body to provide a rich and effortless voice ideal for fingerstyle or strumming.
Featuring a short scale length and slotted peghead, the pear shaped 12 fret body channels the late Martin 2 1/2 in style and sound. Expect nothing less than an ideal instrument for open mics or playing at home on the couch.
This instrument includes a custom Collings Hardshell Case.
More About The Builder:
Bill Collings moved from Ohio to Houston, Texas in the mid-1970s. More interested in guitars and engineering than in medical school, he took a job at a machine shop and began building guitars on his kitchen table with just a few hand tools. Coming from a family of engineers, Bill’s experience as a craftsman and his natural curiosity equipped him to experiment and quickly improve his craft. Before long his instruments were in the hands of local talents Rick Gordon and Lyle Lovett, which led more Texas players to seek out Bill for custom guitars. After building about fifty guitars and a few banjos in Houston, he headed west to pursue lutherie in southern California. Along the way, he befriended Austin luthiers Tom Ellis and Mike Stevens. Having found like-minded instrument makers, Bill decided to stay and share space in Tom’s shop. By the mid-1980s, Bill was building flattop and archtop acoustic guitars in his own small shop. His reputation for outstanding quality and meticulous attention to detail quickly spread. In 1989, he rented a 1,000-square-foot space and hired two helpers.
That same year, George Gruhn, the acclaimed collector and purveyor of vintage fretted instruments and owner of Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, asked Bill to make 24 custom “Gruhn” guitars, giving the Austin luthier national exposure. In the spring of 1992, Bill moved his guitar-making operation into a 3,200-square-foot feed store he purchased on the outskirts of Austin. By this time musicians such as Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell and Brian May were playing Collings instruments and demand continued to grow. The existing shop tripled in size and its staff increased to 50 full-time employees. By 2005, Bill broke ground for a new 27,000-square-foot shop featuring CNC technology that modernized machining processes and made parts production more consistent, accurate and safe. As the business grew and processes were refined, one thing remained the same: Bill Collings’ commitment to build the finest stringed instruments available.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Engelmann Spruce
Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 13/16"
Scale: 24 7/8"
Bracing: Pre-war scalloped bracing
Inlays: Mother of pearl diamond and square fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone Drop In
Saddle Spacing: 2 5/16"
Bridge: Ebony Pyramid
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly Slotted tuners with 16:1 ratio
Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise-style pickguard
Backstrip: Matching 2-style backstrip
Headstock Shape: Square headstock with volute and 15 degree headstock angle
Headstock Overlay: Figured Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 12
Neck Profile: Modified V neck profile
Body Depth: 4"
Lower Bout Width: 13 3/4"
Body Length: 19"
Total Length: 37 3/4"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 2: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Misc. 3: Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint