Collings D2H G German Spruce and Cocobolo
The Collings D2H G is a standard model in our shop. It has commanding presence with balanced tone and clarity. 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, 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. This D2H features a custom German Spruce top combined with gorgeous custom Cocobolo back and sides.
German Spruce is one of our favorite choices for topwood. German Spruce has a stiffness to weight ratio that falls somewhere between Sitka and Adirondack, making it an ideal compromise for many playing styles. German is stiff enough to handle heavy flatpicking, but also responds very well to fingerstyle players as well. When combined with Indian Rosewood back and sides, it produces a lush low end that is clear and powerful.
Cocobolo characteristically has poweful low overtones resulting in a complex bottom end. The overall effect is also a bell like tone with clear, slow decaying harmonics. Fast and responsive, it articulate with ample note distinction and a rich low end. This particular set of Cocobolo has very deep red streaks alternating with lighter red streaks, the robust Red colors are complimented by beautiful contrasting black streaks.
The herringbone purfle is a classy visual feature and we find it also adds to the tone and responsiveness of the instrument. By cutting into the outer edge of the soundboard and replacing with herringbone, you are making changes in how the top is isolated from the side of the guitar, how freely it moves and in what direction. In our experience the addition of the herringbone makes the guitar feel a bit more "opened up" right from the start.
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Expected Arrival: 2013-9
Shipping Weight: 68
Top Wood: German Spruce
Back Wood: Cocobolo
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped
Inlays: MOP diamond and square fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"
Bridge: Ebony belly-style bridge
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
Body Binding: Grained ivoroid binding
Pickguard: Tortoise-style pickguard
Backstrip: Matching 2-style backstrip
Headstock Shape: Square headstock with volute
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Modified V neck profile
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