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Collings Guitars Baby 1 German & Walnut - 13830


Collings Custom Baby 1

Collings smallest model is a rarity among fractional size guitars: most listeners never guess that it's not a full-size instrument unless they see it being played. The Collings Baby is approximately a 3/4 size version of their OM, 12 1/2 inches wide in the lower bout with a 24 1/8 inch scale, and the headstock and bridge are scaled to match. Sometimes the Baby is used as a travel guitar, but it often sees duty as a songwriter's tool, the guitar that's ready at a moment's notice and can be played while seated in any position.

We here at Artisan are always continually impressed with these small-bodied wonders. We find the tone to be quite large compared to what we expected out of such a small guitar. The low end is remarkable, even on par with many of the single and 00 models we see come through the shop. This is a guitar you can sit and play for hours on end without fatigue, thanks to the small profile and short-scale length. It's almost impossible to put down and offers many creative possibilities that you may not come up with on larger guitars.

In this special Baby 1, the custom German Spruce top is matched with a special & beautiful set of walnut.

The German Spruce top is highly responsive and can handle flatpicking quite well with a clear, focused, and round tone, although the guitar practically begs to be played fingerstyle with notes that seem to leap from the small sound cavity of this baby all the way up the neck.

The walnut adds a sparkle to the high end, with overtones that sing but dont overpower. The low end is pronounced and powerful; an impressive feat for such a small bodied guitar.

Other appointments include: a custom nut width of 1 3/4" for those who find the standard 1 11/16" a bit too narrow for their playing style, an Abalone Rosette that helps this little baby shine amongst the competition, and nickel waverly tuners with ebony buttons.


Serial: 30352

Top Wood: German Spruce

Back Wood: Walnut

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Scale: 24 1/8"

Inlays: Long Dots

Rosette: Custom Abalone

Neck Wood: Mahogany

Fretboard: Ebony

Nut Material: Bone

Saddle Material: Bone

Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"

Bridge: Ebony

Bridge Pins: Ebony

Tuners: Nickel Waverly w/ Ebony Buttons

Body Binding: Tortoise

Pickguard: Tortoise Style

Headstock Overlay: Ebony

Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo

Frets To Body: 14

Neck Profile: Modified V

Pickup(s): Optional

Case: Collings Deluxe TKL Hardcase