Collings OM2 E Cutaway Englemann and Indian Rosewood with No Tongue Brace
‘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. Flatpickers find it very appealing with virtually unlimited headroom and power when you need it.
The compact shape makes the Collings OM2 E equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch. The tone is focused and powerful, as are all Collings' guitars.
The topwood on this guitar is Englemann Spruce. Englemann Spruce is a perfect topwood for many playing styles, in that it is stiff enough to flatpick while soft enough for fingerstyle players as well.
When combined with rosewood on the back and sides, Englemann is very lush and has a warm, rich low end. The highs are also crystal clear on a Collings, since only the highest grade Englemann Spruce is chosen for their instruments. This guitar also features a cutaway, ensuring easy access to the upper frets. You really can't go wrong with this model!
This OM2E also was built with the absence of a tongue brace.
We are a big fan 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 resonance.
Simple and elegant appointments on this instrument include, Mother of pearl diamond and square fingerboard inlays, grained ivoroid body binding, 2-style backstrip and a tortoise style pickguard. The custom 1 3/4" nut width which allows our fingerpicking friends to play effortlessly and bend chords easily.
Hardshell Case Included
Check out some of our other Collings Guitars
Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Englemann Spruce
Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Inlays: Mother of pearl diamond and square fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Bridge: Ebony Belly-Style
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Backstrip: 2-style backstrip
Headstock Shape: Square Head with Volute 15 degree headstock angle
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Modified V neck profile
Body Depth: 4 1/8"
Lower Bout Width: 15"
Body Length: 19 1/4"
Total Length: 39 1/2"
Case: Original Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
Misc. 2: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 3: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
Misc. 4: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Misc. 5: Cutawsy
Misc. 6: No Tongue Brace