Collings D1 with Sitka Spruce Top and Mahogany Back and Sides ID-5938
Collings D1 with Sitka Spruce Top and Mahogany
If there is anything the folks at Collings know, and they know quite a lot - it is dreadnoughts. While Collings is certainly not the first to build them, they bring a new tonal clarity to the depth and warmth usually associated with such a large, deep-bodied guitar. The bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment, however, Collings D1 Series Mahogany dreads are employed by some of the busiest bluegrass flatpickers in the business, such as Andy Falco of the Stringdusters and Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain String Band.
The standard D1 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. It strums with the best of them, but has a neck that flatpicks beautifully across the board. There is a reason Colling's are revered for their dreads!
Let's spend a moment on the amount of "Silking" on the top of this particular guitar! Long admired for it's look, the "Silking" actually shows off the quality of the quartersawn wood from Collings. What is Quarter sawn wood? There is only one true way to quarter saw a log. First, a log is cut into quarters. Each quarter is then processed by cutting a single board off of one face, then cutting the next board from the opposite face, and cutting from alternating faces until the quarter is completely cut. The most notable characteristic of quarter-sawn lumber lies in its imcomparable grain patterns. Medullary ray fleck, or "Silking" and interlocked grain are all visually enhanced when the log is quarter-sawn. The Silking will be at a 90 degree angle to the grain of the wood. In this case, the guitar is phenomenally "Silked", Collings has chosen an exceptional piece of wood for the top of this one!
- Shipping Weight: 68
- Serial: 17156
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Bracing: Pre-war scalloped
- Inlays: Inlaid dot fingerboard markers
- Rosette: Black/White Wood Nitrate Strip
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly
- Body Binding: Tortoise-style binding
- Pickguard: Tortoise-style pickguard
- Backstrip: Simple walnut backstrip
- Headstock Shape: Peghead
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
- Body Depth: 4-7/8"
- Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
- Body Length: 20"
- Total Length: 40 1/4"
- Case: Hardshell Case Included