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.
Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
Back Wood: B-Grade Madagascar
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Adirondack Spruce
Inlays: Tree of Life Custom
Neck Wood: Honduran Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"
Bridge: Ebony Belly Style
Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dot
Tuners: Gold Waverly
Body Binding: Custom Ivoroid with 42 Style top Boarder
Fretboard Binding: .60" Ivoroid
Headstock Binding: Custom .100" Ivoroid with Abalone Purfling
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