Collings D1 A Adirondack Spruce
Collings brings new clarity to the depth and warmth associated with large, deep-bodied dreadnought guitars. 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.
This Collings D1A is extraordinarily loud. The Adirondack Spruce top loves to be played loud and provides ample headroom and power needed to cut through bluegrass ensembles. The Mahogany back and sides keep your lead lines clear and distinct, just like the classic flatpicking recordings we've grown to love from players like Clarence White, Doc Watson, and Norman Blake.
Loudness aside, this guitar is also incredibly balanced in it's frequency response. Notes are rich and full all the way up and down the neck. The midrange and high-end sparkle will cut through any studio or on-stage mix with ease. The lows are balanced, defined, well rounded, and never boomy.
This D1A has many custom options, such as Adirondack Bracing, No Tongue Brace, a 1 23/32" nut width, and long pattern fretboard inlays.
As people search for the mythical tone of old guitars, the tongue 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. This is a great feature for players who may be looking for a compromise between the mahogany and rosewood dreadnoughts. 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.
Adirondack bracing is another popular upgrade at Artisan. Being lighter, and stiffer than Sitka Spruce, Adirondack bracing makes the top more responsive making it that much more powerful.
- Top: Adirondack Spruce
- Back and Sides: Mahogany
- Adirondack Bracing
- No Tongue Brace
- Binding: Tortoise Style
- Rosette: Black/White Wood Nitrate Strip
- Bracing: Pre-war scalloped
- Fingerboard and Bridge: Ebony
- Peghead: Solid
- Peghead Overlay: Ebony
- Pick Guard: Tortoise
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly
- Fretboard Markers: Long Pattern
- Bone Nut and Drop-In Saddle
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Nut Width: 1 23/32"
- Body Length: 20"
- Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
- Total Length: 40 1/4"
- Hardshell Case Included
- Serial: 17532