Collings D42 A Dreadnought Varnish Adirondack and Rosewood
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, we 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.
One of the features of this D42A that we all have come to enjoy at the shop would be the Varnish finish. Everytime a D with Varnish arrives, we all know it is going to be a tonal monster!
Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more, significantly smoothing out the mids and lows of the Rosewood and Adirondack, while enhancing the low end and warming the highs considerably. For the die hard rosewood fans here in the shop, this guitar bridges the gap between rosewood and mahogany, projecting incredibly articulate note definition common with mahogany and the power and low end associated with rosewood.
The Adirondack Spruce drives the top of this guitar and provides ample power and headroom for heavy handed flatpickers while the fast response of the varnish provides a much better fingerstyle experience as opposed to lacquer.
Other great additions on this Collings D42A is the wonderful 42 style Abalone purfling, the Flowerpot headstock inlay, Lacquer finish on the neck and nickel Waverly tuners with black pearl buttons.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Adirondack
Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped
Inlays: Mother of Pearl Long Diamond and Square inlays
Neck Wood: Mahogany with Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2-3/16"
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly with Black Pearl Buttons
Purfling: Style 42 Abalone
Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Fretboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Headstock Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Backstrip: Style 3 Backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Exotic Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Abalone Flowerpot Inlay
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Modified V
Body Depth: 4 7/8"
Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
Body Length: 20"
Total Length: 40 1/4"
Case: Collings Custom Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 3: Varnish Finish