Collings CW Adirondack and Mahogany with Varnish Finish ID-6636
Collings CW Adirondack and Mahogany with Varnish Finish
The Collings Winfield (or Collings CW) is a reissue of the famous Collings Clarence White model. Clarence White lead the way in presenting the acoustic guitar as a lead instrument in bluegrass music. It features an enlarged soundhole, bringing more projection, improving the listening experience for both player and audience; and the absence of the tongue brace - which helps bring even more resonance and volume. It also features a ebony bridge with 2 1/4 string spacing and a cut-through saddle.
Collings describes the Winfield on their website as: "a highly modified version of our standard dreadnought that features options commonly requested by flatpicking specialists. The combination of the stiff Adirondack spruce top with enlarged soundhole, supported by a top bracing pattern based on the earliest 14-fret dreadnoughts, make the Collings CW a bluegrass powerhouse. Everything about this model is designed to provide plenty of headroom and projection for aggressive playing, but not at the expense of good tone.
Full rich basses are complemented by clear, singing trebles with great clarity and sustain. The enlarged soundhole removes some of the "woofy" basses that so often plague larger instruments, especially in the recording process. The enlargement allows you to tailor the sound by placing a mic a bit closer to the soundhole with much less proximity effect, resulting in a more immediate and balanced sound, often heard on Tony Rice recordings. Chordal runs are clear and concise, individual notes are distinct, and single note solos are loud and defined.
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.
Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more, significantly smoothing out the mids and highs of the Mahogany and Adirondack, while enhancing the low end and warming the highs considerably.
- Serial: 20117
- Top Wood: Adirondack
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 23/32"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped Adirondack Bracing
- Inlays: None
- Rosette: Black/white wood nitrate strip rosette
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Long Cutthrough Saddle
- Bridge: 2 1/4 CW Bridge
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly
- Purfling: B/W
- Body Binding: Tortoise-style binding
- Fretboard Binding: Tortoise-Style
- Pickguard: Dalmatian-style Pickguard
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Headstock Inlay: M.O.P. Collings Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
- Waist: 4 7/8"
- Body Length: 20"
- Total Length: 40 1/4"
- Case: Hardshell Case Included
- Misc. 1: Large Soundhole
- Misc. 2: No Tongue Brace
- Misc. 3: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- Misc. 4: Fully adjustable truss rod