Collings D3A Guitar with Custom Adirondack Spruce Top and Koa back and sides ID-9874
Collings D3A Guitar with Custom Adirondack Spruce Top and Koa back and sides
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.
Adirondack Spruce, "the holy grail" of topwoods, drives the top of this powerful instrument. Adirondack is generally favored by heavy handed players, and provides nearly unlimited headroom when you need the extra power.
On an open strum, the words clarity and richness come right to mind. The trebles are clean and defined without overpowering the overall richness of the bottom-end. Adirondack Spruce makes this guitar incredibly powerful with virtually unlimited headroom and plenty of Adirondack crispness.
Koa is a prized tonewood for both its beauty and influence on sound. Koa produces a warm rich sound – somewhere between the darker sounds that Rosewood guitars produce and the clean bright sound of a Maple guitar. Increasingly, Koa is becoming difficult and very expensive to obtain in master-grade sets. This wood is likely to see a dramatic rise in price over the next several years. The wood is native to, and only grows on the islands of Hawaii.
The custom appointments on this guitar include a custom 1 3/4" nut width, a grained ivoroid top/back/neck/peghead binding, and a abalone rosette.
. Hardshell Case is Included
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Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
Back Wood: Hawaiian Koa
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with Gold plated buttons
Body Binding: Ivoroid
Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
Headstock Binding: Ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Backstrip: Multi-color mosaic
Headstock Shape: Double bound square headstock with volute
Headstock Overlay: Exotic Ebony
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Modified V neck profile
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Misc. 2: 15 degree headstock angle
Misc. 3: Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
Misc. 4: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
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