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Collings D2H Custom Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood No Tongue Brace and Adirondack Bracing ID-5635


Collings D2H Custom Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood

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 first to build them, they bring a new tonal clarity to the depth and warmth usually associated with such a large, deep-bodied guitar. Although its bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment, Collings versions are also often employed by bluegrass flatpickers who must compete with inherently louder instruments such as banjos and fiddles. The Collings D2H is ideal for players who find Adirondack Red Spruce too stiff for their style. Sitka Spruce is a versatile topwood that accentuates the warm round aspects of the guitar's tone. Indian Rosewood is warm and rounded with complex overtones. The D2H is a powerful dreadnought without any compromise.

Accompaniments like the Adirondack bracing and the removal of the tongue brace make this guitar that much more menacing. 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.

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. 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. 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.


  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: East Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Prewar Scalloped Bracing
  • Adirondack Bracing
  • No Tongue Brace
  • Backstrip: Herringbone
  • Purfling: Herringbone
  • Rosette: Crosscut Grained Ivoroid and Blk/Wht Nitrate Strip
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Gloss-Finished Mahogany Neck
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Traditional Diamond and Square
  • Solid Peghead w/ Rosewood Overlay
  • M.O.P. Collings Logo
  • Nickel Waverly Tuners
  • Nut Width: 1-23/32"
  • Scale: 25-1/2"
  • Body Width: 15 5/8"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Depth: 4-7/8"
  • Total Length: 40-1/4"
  • Serial: 18323