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.
Upon arrival at Artisan, we are all 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.
The Collings Baby 2H offers a classic combination of Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood. This combination is favorable for many playing styles as it offers the most versatility in regards to heavy or light playing. Rosewood offers a lush, rich tone with lots of reverberation like properties and a full low end.
Serial #: 30538
Top: Sitka spruce
Back & Sides: East Indian rosewood
Neck: Honduran mahogany
Body Binding: Ivoroid with herringbone purfling
Fingerboard Binding: None
Peghead Binding: None
Bridge: Ebony small belly-style with 2 3/16" spacing
Fingerboard: Ebony with abalone short diamond & squares
Bridge Pins/End Pin: Ebony with MOP dot
Nut: Bone, 1 3/4"
Saddle: Bone, drop-in
Neck Profile: Modified V
Peghead Profile: Tapered square with volute
Neck Joint: Mortise & tenon hybrid
Truss Rod: Fully adjustable
Frets: Medium 18% nickel-silver
Peghead Veneer: Stained Exotic Ebony with MOP Collings logo
Tuners: Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
Backstrip: 2-style (Zipper)
Rosette: iv/tort/iv & b/w purflings
Scale Length: 24 1/8"
Brace Material: Sitka spruce
Brace Pattern: Pre-war scalloped X-brace
Fingerboard Radius: 14" - 26" compound
Body Finish: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck Finish: High gloss polyester resin, Rosewood neck stain
Strings: D'Addario EJ-16 (.012"- .053")
Case: Deluxe hardshell case by TKL
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