Collings DS2H Adirondack and Figured Mahogany with Sunburst
The Collings DS is the original 12-fret dreadnought shape, first designed as an oversized Hawaiian guitar almost a century ago. Collings retained the body shape and wide neck with slotted headstock from that bygone era, but their DS models are thoroughly modern guitars with a unique sound all their own. This Collings DS2H features an Adirondack Spruce top and Figured Mahogany back and sides. Adirondack provides a high stiffness across and along the
grain, making it one of the go-to soundboards for flat-pickers. It has the highest cross-sectional strength and across-the-grain stiffness of all spruce species.
The longer body, with the bridge closer to the center of the lower bout, delivers an open, airy tone with smoothness and warmth not typically found in modern, 14-fret dreadnoughts. Whether flatpicked or played fingerstyle, these guitars have lots of headroom and the wide dynamic range invites everything from mellow accompaniment to biting leads.
The Figured Mahogany back and sides are perfect for players who find rosewood too boomy. Lead players will appreciate the enhanced note definition and clarity, especially through the midrange frequencies.
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, the tongue 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.
Further custom appointments on this Collings include the Abalone rosette, grained ivoroid fingerboard and peghead binding, gold Waverly slot head tuners and the gorgeous sunburst finish.
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Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
Back Wood: Figured Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 13/16"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Pre-war scalloped bracing
Inlays: Mother of pearl diamond and square fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone Drop-In Saddle
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/8"
Bridge: Ebony belly-style bridge
Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Pearl Dots
Tuners: Gold Waverly Slothead Tuners with 16:1 Ratio
Body Binding: Grained ivoroid top/back body binding
Fretboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Headstock Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Headstock Shape: Square slotted headstock with volute
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 12 Fret
Neck Profile: Modified V neck profile
Body Depth: 4 7/8"
Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
Body Length: 20 7/8"
Total Length: 40 1/8"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
Misc. 2: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 3: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish