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Collings D3 MR A Style-42 Custom Madagascar Rosewood with Abalone "Tree of Life" Inlay ID-11993


Collings D3 MR A Style-42 Madagascar Rosewood back & sides with Adirondack Spruce Top

Most Collings fans are familiar with their model nomenclature, though their 3-Style apppointments are unique (D1 for instance being a 1-Style with Mahogany back & sides, while their D2 or 2-Style features Rosewood back & sides). The Collings 3-Style appointments include Abalone rosette, Chevron marquetry backstrip, bound fretboard & peghead, double B/W top purfling, and Waverly tuners with gold finish.

You might note that many 3-Style Collings are commissioned to be built as custom instruments with optional upgrades, making them very special heirloom guitars handcrafted in small numbers.

This D3 features an exquisite Tree of Life fingerboard inlay and Vine peghead inlay, both in matching Abalone shell. All esthetics on par with the premium tone woods, a stellar set of Madagascar Rosewood and hand-select Adirondack Spruce top.

An Adirondack sound board provides the maximum headroom for flat picking. Madagascar Rosewood is as close to Brazilian Rosewood as any species available, for comparative density and janka hardness. Together these tone woods are a perfectly matched pair for projection, clarity, and a touch of complex overtones.

Collings, on the topic of their 14-fret dreadnought designs:

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. Their wide range of wood options and neck sizes offered allow dreadnought fans to find a Collings model ideally suited to their playing style and tonal preference.

This custom Collings D3 is spoken for, so check out our many other Collings acoustic guitars here.


Serial: 26915

Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce

Back Wood: B-Grade Madagascar

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Scale: 25 1/2"

Year: 2017

Bracing: Adirondack Spruce

Inlays: Tree of Life Custom

Rosette: Abalone

Neck Wood: Honduran Mahogany

Fretboard: Ebony

Nut Material: Bone

Saddle Material: Bone

Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"

Bridge: Ebony Belly Style

Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dot

Tuners: Gold Waverly

Purfling: Abalone

Body Binding: Custom Ivoroid with 42 Style top Boarder

Fretboard Binding: .60" Ivoroid

Headstock Binding: Custom .100" Ivoroid with Abalone Purfling

Pickguard: Tortoise

Backstrip: 3 Style (Chevron)

Headstock Shape: Tapered square with volute

Headstock Overlay: Custom Stained Exotic Ebony

Headstock Inlay: Custom Vine Inlay

Neck Profile: Modified V

Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case by TKL