Collings Baby 3 Torrefied Adirondack and Maple
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 are 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.
This particular Baby was built using very special pieces of Adirondack and Maple that have gone through the "Torrefaction" process.
"Torrefaction" is a thermochemical treatment of biomass at 200 to 320 °C. It is carried out under atmospheric pressure and in the absence of oxygen, i.e. with no air. During the torrefaction process, the water contained in the biomass as well as superfluous volatiles are released, and the biopolymers (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) partly decompose, giving off various types of volatiles. The final product is the remaining solid, dry, blackened material which is referred to as “torrefied biomass” or “bio-coal”.
During the process, the biomass typically loses 20% of its mass (dry bone basis) and 10% of its heating value, with no appreciable change in volume. This energy (the volatiles) can be used as a heating fuel for the torrefaction process. After the biomass is torrefied it can be densified, usually into briquettes or pellets using conventional densification equipment, to increase its mass and energy density and to improve its hydrophobic properties. The final product may repel water and thus can be stored in moist air or rain without appreciable change in moisture content or heating value, unlike the original biomass from which it is made.
This process gives the tonewood certain tonal and visual characteristics that resemble an aged piece of wood.
The appointments on this guitar include ivoroid binding on the body, fingerboard and peghead. Also an abalone rosette and Gold Waverly 4060-G Tuners. Some custom appointments include a 1 3/4" nut width on a beautiful maple neck.
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Expected Arrival: 2014-07
Shipping Weight: 68
Sold To Customer: Stuart Hall
Top Wood: Torrefied Adirondack Spruce
Back Wood: Torrefied Flame Maple
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 24 1/8"
Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Bridge: 2 3/16" Ebony Belly Bridge
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Gold Waverly tuners -4060-G
Body Binding: Ivoroid
Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
Headstock Binding: Ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Backstrip: Style 3 Chevron Backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 12
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: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 2: Torrefied Top, sides and back