Collings 02HG German Spruce and Indian Rosewood with Adirondack Braces ID-7306
Collings 02HG German Spruce Top and Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
With the exception of the Baby, the 0 is the smallest guitar from Collings and is offered with the same shorter scale found on the 12-fret 00. Although measuring only 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. It can double as a travel guitar or a small OM, performing both roles equally well. The same neck and woods options offered with larger Collings models are available on the 0 as well, giving players an almost infinite range of tonal possibilities. Collings Single 0 series guitars are always highly impressive, projecting an almost unbelievable sound that is full of low end with an overall tone that is focused, powerful, and highly responsive. This Collings 02HG is no different. German Spruce, a special appointment on this guitar, provides a rich, complex tone and is the perfect topwood for many players who play fingerstyle as well as flatpick. German Spruce is stiffer than Sitka, providing more headroom and power, yet more flexible than Adirondack so that it responds well to a lighter attack.
This guitar is very responsive and will suit the needs of fingerstyle players very well. The German top can also take an impressive amount of flatpicking, though the 0 body size is more suited to players with a lighter touch. Tone is very clear with a vibrant and pleasant high end and just enough lows to balance the tone across the fretboard. The Adirondack Braces are lighter and stiffer than Sitka, therefore they are more responsive and offer a more efficient transfer of energy through the top. The removal of the tongue brace allows the top to resonate freely which makes this guitar a Bluegrass no brainer! We are a big fan of leaving the tongue brace out of these instruments. As people search for the mythical tone of old guitars, this brace comes into scrutiny. Martin added the tongue brace in 1940 and it has become standard every since. The absence of a tongue brace frees the top to allow enhanced vibration and results in a richer, fuller, tone with more low end resonance. It is speculated that Martin added the brace to prevent top cracking, but the years have proven this to have been unnecessary and actually decreases resonation.
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Shipping Weight: 68
Top Wood: German Spruce
Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Scale: 24 7/8"
Bracing: Adirondack Braces
Inlays: Mother of pearl diamond and square fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Abalone Rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone drop-in saddle
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
Purfling: Herringbone trim
Body Binding: Grained ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise-style celluloid pickguard
Backstrip: Matching 2-style backstrip
Headstock Shape: Square headstock with volute 15 degree headstock angle
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Modified V neck Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
Body Depth: 4 1/8"
Lower Bout Width: 13 7/16"
Body Length: 18 3/16"
Total Length: 38"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Misc. 2: No Tongue Brace
Misc. 3: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 4: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire