Collings D2HA Varnish Custom Adirondack Spruce and Indian Rosewood No Tongue Brace and Adirondack Bracing ID-5582
Collings D2HA Varnish Custom Adirondack Spruce and Indian Rosewood No Tongue Brace and Adirondack Bracing
The Collings D2HA is a standard model in our shop. It has commanding presence with balanced tone and clarity. The Indian Rosewood brings the guitar balance and warmth, and when coupled with Adirondack Red Spruce brings the guitar strong fundamentals, a lightning quick response, crisp trebles, and virtually unlimited headroom. Adirondack was the legendary topwood used on most pre-war American-made guitars. Adirondack has a high stiffness across and along the grain, making it one of the go-to topwoods for flatpickers. The D2HA is a guitar you take to battle, the guitar you fight for... and fight with!
How do you make the D2HA even better? Add custom options such as Adirondack Bracing, removing the tongue brace, add a custom 1 3/4" nut width, and one the finest features, finishing the guitar with Varnish. Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more, significantly smoothing out the mids and highs while extending the low end considerably. The tonal qualities produced by the varnish finish are amazing, especially when compared side by side to a guitar without it.
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.
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: Adirondack Spruce
- Back and Sides: Indian Rosewood
- Finish: Varnish
- Bracing: Adirondack Spruce - Pre-War Scalloped
- No Tongue Brace
- Binding: Grained Ivoroid
- Herringbone Trim with Matching Backstrip
- Rosette: Cross Cut Grained Ivoroid and Wood Nitrate Strip
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Neck: Mahogany
- Peghead Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
- Ebony Fingerboard and Bridge
- Inlays: Diamonds and Squares
- Bone Nut and Drop-In Saddle
- Ebony Bridge Pins and End Pin
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Body Length: 20"
- Body Depth: 4 7/8"
- Lower Bout: 15 5/8"
- Total Length: 40 1/4"
- Serial: 17609