Collings D2HG German and Indian Rosewood with Adirondack Braces and No Tongue Brace ID-6902
Collings D2HG German Spruce and Indian Rosewood Back and Sides with Adirondack Bracing and No Tongue Brace
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 wide range of woods and neck sizes offered allow dreadnought fans to find a Collings model ideally suited to their playing style and tonal preference. The Collings D2HG is always an instant shop favorite, featuring a German Spruce top, Adirondack Spruce bracing, and no tongue brace. We love German Spruce here at Artisan because it not only offers a rich and complex tone, but is versatile for many different playing styles. German Spruce offers exceptional stiffness together with low weight making the tops more responsive. We often find German to be a perfect compromise between Sitka and Adirondack, since it responds so well to fingerstyle playing and also holds up to a heavy pick attack.
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.
The herringbone purfling and ivoroid body binding provide an elegant finish to this wonderful instrument. Not to be confused as just a cosmetic upgrade, the herringbone purfle on this guitar makes the mahogany backed dreadnought much warmer with increased low end and richer high-end and an instant broken-in feel in regards to responsiveness.
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Shipping Weight: 68
Top Wood: German Spruce
Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped
Inlays: Traditional diamond and square fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly 4060
Body Binding: Grained ivoroid binding
Backstrip: Matching Backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Body Length: 20"
Total Length: 40 1/4"
Case: Hardshell Case Included