Collings Baby 1 Sitka Spruce and Mahogany with Custom Merlot Top and Full Satin Finish
Collings smallest model is a rarity among fractional size guitars: most listeners never guess that it's not a full-size instrument unless they see it being played. The Collings Baby is approximately a 3/4 size version of their OM, 12 1/2 inches wide in the lower bout with a 24 1/8 inch scale, and the headstock and bridge are scaled to match. Sometimes the Baby is used as a travel guitar, but it often sees duty as a songwriter's tool, the guitar that's ready at a moment's notice and can be played while seated in any position.
Upon arrival at Artisan, we were all continually impressed with these small-bodied wonders. We find the tone to be quite large compared to what we expected out of such a small guitar. The low end is remarkable, even on par with many of the single and 00 models we see come through the shop. This is a guitar you can sit and play for hours on end without fatigue, thanks to the small profile and short-scale length. It's almost impossible to put down and offers many creative possibilities that you may not come up with on larger guitars.
Sitka is ideal for players who find Adirondack Red Spruce too punchy, bright, and stiff - but do not want to sacrifice on clarity. Sitka Spruce is a versatile topwood that accentuates the warm round aspects of the guitar's tone. The top end is sweet and crisp; with a driving, focused midrange and low-end.
This special Baby 1, is custom finished with a Merlot Sitka Spruce Top and full Satin finish. It has been further customized with no peghead logo or fretboard inlays and a custom nut width of 1 3/4" for those who find the standard 1 11/16" a bit too narrow for their playing style. Black / White wood purfling, tortoise style body bindings, and Nickel Waverly tuners finish out this gorgeous guitar.
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Shipping Weight: 68
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 24 1/8"
Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped
Rosette: Black/white wood nitrate strip rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany Satin Finish
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
Purfling: Black/white wood purfling
Body Binding: Tortoise-style binding
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Backstrip: 1-style walnut backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Modified V
Body Depth: 3 15/16"
Lower Bout Width: 12 1/2"
Body Length: 17 1/8"
Total Length: 36 1/2"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: Full Satin Finish
Misc. 2: Custom Merlot Top
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