Collings D1A Guitar Torrefied Adirondack and Mahogany
Similar to Sitka, Adirondack responds well to either a light or firm touch. It has more overall resonance than Sitka. The Mahogany back and sides is much lighter in weight than rosewood, koa, or maple. In spite of its weight, mahogany yields a surprisingly strong loud sound with an emphasis on clear bright trebles.
Although its bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment, Collings Adirondack versions are also often employed by bluegrass flatpickers who must compete with inherently louder instruments such as banjos and fiddles. When torrefied, Adirondack sounds like a top from the pre-war era guitars.
The square-shouldered 14-fret dreadnought is the most popular steel-string acoustic guitar body shape in the world. While Collings is certainly not the only company to build them, we bring a new tonal clarity to the depth and warmth usually associated with such a large, deep-bodied guitar.
The wide range of woods and neck sizes offered allow dreadnought fans to find a Collings model ideally suited to their playing style and tonal preference.
This standard Collings model, paired with an Adirodack top has continually stayed favorite in our shop and with our customers! Adirondack was the legendary topwood used on most pre-war American-made guitars that has come to be known as the "Holy Grail" of top woods. Adirondack has a high stiffness across and along the grain, making it one of the go-to topwoods for flatpickers!
We are also 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.
You can dig in hard with this guitar and it will love it.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Torrefied Adirondack
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped
Rosette: Black/white wood nitrate strip rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany with Lacquer Finish
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Drop-In Saddle
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly
Body Binding: Tortoise-style binding
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Backstrip: Simple walnut backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Body Depth: 4 7/8"
Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
Body Length: 20"
Total Length: 40 1/4"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: No Tongue Brace