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 D1 VN is extraordinarily loud and even. This is due to the classic pairing of Sitka Spruce and Mahogany. This combonation has been a stable for many players and playing styles. Sitka is an ideal wood for players who find Adirondack 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.
Volume 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 mix, either in the studio or on-stage. The lows are balanced, defined, well rounded, and never boomy.
The Adirondack Bracing offers a more efficient transfer of string energy to the top, since Adirondack is much stiffer than the standard Sitka braces. This allows for a more responsive and powerful sound board.
In addition to the Adirondack Braces, this guitar was 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 vibratio
The Vintage Now neck is a custom appointment on this instrument and is coupled with a 1 3/4" nut. Collings Vintage Now neck is the perfect compromise for many players that think a modern neck is too flat in profile, yet the typical neck on a 40's style instrument is too thick. Collings' exclusive neck profile is uniquely adapted to players looking for vintage width and girth, with contemporary playability.
The slightly wider string spacing at both ends of the guitar also makes fingerstyle playing and chordal accompaniment more enjoyable. With a traditional "cut-through" saddle there should be no doubt as to the inspiration for this beast.
This Collings D1VN is in excellent condition with only a few light pick scratches and minimal finish scratches throughout. All of these are very fine and hard to detect.
Includes Original Collings Hardshell Case.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Adirondack Bracing with No Tongue Brace
Inlays: MOP Long Dot
Rosette: Black/White Wood Nitrate Strip
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: Collings Vintage Now Spacing
Bridge: Ebony Vintage Now
Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Pearl Dots
Tuners: Nickel Waverly
Body Binding: Tortoise
Fretboard Binding: None
Headstock Binding: None
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Backstrip: Simple walnut backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Custom Vintage Now Neck
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: High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
Misc. 2: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 3: Setup High E: 2/32"
Misc. 4: Setup Low "E" : 3/32"
Misc. 5: Weight : 4.4 Lbs