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Collings D1AVarn Adirondack Spruce and Mahogany with Varnish Finish ID-5240


Collings D1AVarn Adirondack Spruce and Mahogany with Varnish Finish

Each and every time we have a D1A in the shop with a hand-rubbed varnish finish, it is time and time again one of our favorite guitars in the shop. This is a highly customized version featuring many of our favorite upgrades along with master grade Adirondack Spruce and Mahogany, brought to life by the masterful builders at Collings!

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. For the die hard rosewood fans here in the shop, this guitar bridges the gap between rosewood and mahogany, projecting incredibly articulate note definition common with mahogany and the power and low end associated with rosewood.

The Adirondack Spruce drives the top of this guitar and provides ample power and headroom for heavy handed flatpickers while the fast response of the varnish provides a much better fingerstyle experience as opposed to lacquer. 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.

This D1A also was also custom built without a tongue brace. 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.


  • Finish: Hand Rubbed Varnish
  • Top: Adirondack Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Adirondack Bracing
  • No Tongue Brace
  • Binding: Black
  • Rosette: Black/White Wood Nitrate Strip
  • Bracing: Pre-war scalloped
  • Fingerboard and Bridge: Ebony
  • Peghead: Solid with M.O.P Collings Logo
  • Peghead Overlay: Ebony
  • Pick Guard: Tortoise
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverly
  • Fretboard Markers: Pearl Dots
  • Bone Nut and Drop-In Saddle
  • Scale: 25 1/2"
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
  • Total Length: 40 1/4"
  • Serial: 17423