Collings OM1 T SB
The new Traditional or "T" Series of dreadnought and OM guitars reflect Bill Collings' return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound. Prompted by the development of the depression-era inspired Waterloo guitars, Bill had an idea for a new series of Collings guitars that would possess a strong fundamental tonal response characteristic of vintage guitars from the 1930s era.
Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all-nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the body, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive. Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to create a voicing characterized by warm rounded highs and a present low midrange, while retaining a quick attack and strong projection. The T Series models also feature a new Traditional neck profile based on our Vintage Now neck, but with a slightly more tapered carve and rolled fingerboard edges. Vintage-inspired appointments include gold mother of pearl inlays with maple/rosewood purflings for 1-style guitars and small brown herringbone purflings for 2H-style guitars.
The Traditional model features Specially selected premium tonewoods, "Traditional" voicing with pre-war style Sitka spruce bracing, Animal protein glue, Very thin all-nitrocellulose lacquer body finish w/ aging toner, Maple/rosewood purfling (1-style) or small brown herringbone (2H-style) w/ custom wood rosette Gold mother-of-pearl logo and fingerboard inlay, Custom vintage neck profile 1 3/4" bone nut w/ 2 5/16" bridge spacing, Cutthrough bone saddle, No tongue brace Tortoise (1-style) or Ivoroid w/ black dot (2H-style) bridge pins. Each Traditional model comes with a Collings original vintage-inspired case
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. The compact shape makes the Collings OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the relatively shallow body (at barely over 4 inches deep) results in balanced tone and an immediate response.
The topwood on this Collings OM1 Guitar is made from Baked Sitka Spruce, paired with mahogany back and sides. This is a classic combination that is highly versatile for many playing styles. Sitka can be played fingerstyle or with a flatpick and can excel at both. It is ideal for flatpickers who don't require the stiffness of Adirondack, offering more volume and responsiveness from a lighter touch.
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Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Bracing: Collings scalloped bracing
Inlays: Gold Mother of Pearl
Rosette: 1 Style Wood
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Cut Through Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 5/16"
Bridge Pins: Tortoise
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
Body Binding: Tortoise style binding
Pickguard: Tortoise-style pickguard
Backstrip: 1-style walnut backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid 15 degree headstock angle
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Traditional Style
Body Depth: 4 1/8"
Lower Bout Width: 15"
Body Length: 19 1/4"
Total Length: 39 1/2"
Case: Collings Vintage Style Handcrafted Case OM533
Misc. 1: Animal Protein Glue
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: Sunburst Finish