Collings OM1A Custom
The Collings OM1A is a classic Collings model, a shop favorite, and while it takes it's inspiration from the original models, Collings has subtly upgraded these with their signature style, and tone.
OM stands for Orchestra Model, but 80 years after this body shape was first designed it has become the most popular 14-fret model with fingerstyle guitar soloists who choose to play on steel strings. Collings has transformed the standard OM, into a true "do it all" instrument.
This OM1 A packs a serious punch, with killer volume and presence - easily acting as a dreadnought alternative. This OM1 A has a superb balance and clarity, each note stands out in chordal accompaniment, as well as lead lines. The Collings OM1 models are always some of the most versatile instruments in the shop, and this one is no different.... it will be right at home in jam circles, on stage, or in the studio, regardless the style of music.
The custom Adirondack Spruce top is a favorite tonewood here at Artisan due to it's power and tone when picked. Adirondack Spruce offers rich, complex overtones and regarding stiffness, falls in between Sitka and Adirondack. It takes to a flatpick beautifully, but still shines when fingerpicked. You know the feeling when you're holding that guitar? - this is that guitar.
We are big fans of leaving the tongue brace out of these instruments. As people search for the mythical tone of old guitars, this 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.
Additional appointments on this instrument include Tortoise body binding, a 1 3/4" Nut Width, an ebony headstock overlay, Nickel Waverly tuners, 3 Style custom multi-colored backstrip and a custom 4 3/8" deep body.
The deeper body provides rich low tones not often heard on OM size guitars, providing an incredibly balanced sound.
This guitar comes equipped with a K&K Pure Mini pickup. The K and K Pure Mini is a passive system for steel string guitar, with three pickup heads and an endpin jack. The Pure Mini is a transducer system only.
It does not include a battery or on-board electronics. Don't be fooled by the sound of some competitors' thin sounding passive systems--the Pure Systems are definitely different. They sound full and rich and have sufficient output to drive most amps and PA systems directly!
This instrument is in Excellent + Condition with only some light pick scratches on the pickguard as well as a few light surface dings on the top which are hard to detect with the eye.
Includes Hardshell Case.
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Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Collings X Bracing
Inlays: MOP Dot
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 1/4"
Bridge Pins: Ebony Pins w/ MOP DOT
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
Purfling: Black/white wood purfling
Body Binding: Tortoise style binding
Fretboard Binding: None
Headstock Binding: None
Pickguard: Tortoise-style pickguard
Backstrip: Style 3 Backstip
Headstock Shape: Solid 15 degree headstock angle
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Modified V neck profile
Body Depth: 4 3/8" Deep Body
Lower Bout Width: 15"
Body Length: 19 1/4"
Total Length: 39 1/2"
Pickup(s): K&K Pure Mini
Case: Original Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Misc. 2: Recommended string gauge - D'Addario EJ-16 (.012"-.053")
Misc. 3: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
Misc. 4: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 5: No Tongue Brace
Misc. 6: Deep Body
Misc. 7: Weight : 4.0 Lbs