Collings D2HBRA Varnish Custom Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood No Tongue Brace and Adirondack Bracing ID-6747
Collings D2HBRA Varnish Custom Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood No Tongue Brace and Adirondack Bracing
This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, Collings D2HBRA has commanding presence with balanced tone and clarity. The beautiful Brazilian Rosewood back and sides 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.
Brazilian Rosewood is an extremely rare tonewood with deep bass and brilliant trebles that was used on the famous vintage guitars we have all grown to love. An international trade embargo on Brazilian rosewood products guarantees that the relatively few sets remaining in this country will continue to spiral in price as the supply dwindles. Brazilian brings remarkable darkness, depth, and warmth; while exhibiting glorious overtones across the entire tonal spectrum.
As Brazilian Rosewood is in short supply and no one really knows how much will be available in the years to come, this is an instrument that is sure to climb in rarity and value.
How do you make this D2HBRA 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.
This D2HBRA is the guitar you take to battle, the guitar you fight for... and fight with!
- Serial: 20040
- Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
- Back Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Bracing: Adirondack Braces
- Inlays: Traditional diamond and square fingerboard inlays
- Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
- Neck Wood: Mahogany neck
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners
- Purfling: Herringbone
- Body Binding: Grained ivoroid binding
- Pickguard: Tortoise-style pickguard
- Backstrip: Herringbone
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Inlaid Collings Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- 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: Varnish Finish