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Collings DS2H Adirondack and Figured Mahogany with Sunburst ID-7744


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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Collings DS2H


Shipping Weight: 68 lbs

Serial: 22090

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

Purfling: Herringbone

Body Binding: Grained ivoroid top/back body binding

Fretboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid

Headstock Binding: Grained Ivoroid

Pickguard: Tortoise Style

Backstrip: Zipper

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