Collings OM2H G German Spruce and Indian Rosewood Deep Body with Adirondack Braces ID-8837
Collings OM2H G German Spruce and Indian Rosewood Deep Body with Adirondack Braces
The Collings OM2HG features a German Spruce top and East Indian Rosewood back and sides. The extra features are what make this particular model stand out from the rest, featuring a thicker, deep body, measuring 4 5/8" deep. The deeper body provides rich low tones not often heard on OM size guitars, providing an incredibly rich and full sound. The compact shape makes the Collings OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the deep depth of the body on this custom model results in a strong and powerful tone with an immediate response and much larger bottom end than is generally found on OM sized guitars.
This guitar possesses all the projection and tonal clarity Collings is known for, while still maintaining a good measure of warmth on the bottom end. The body size of the OM lends itself towards a more focused and defined tone than a typical dreadnought size, in a much more comfortable package.
German Spruce and Indian Rosewood is a classic combination of tonewoods that is incredibly easy to fall in love with on a guitar such as this Collings. German Spruce is one of our favorite choices for topwood. German Spruce has a stiffness to weight ratio that falls somewhere between Sitka and Adirondack, making it an ideal compromise for many playing styles. German is stiff enough to handle heavy flatpicking, but also responds very well to fingerstyle players as well. When combined with East Indian Rosewood back and sides, it produces a lush low end that is clear and powerful. This guitar really shines, with a surprisingly loud voice, impeccable clarity, and that legendary Collings tone.
The custom Adirondack Braces are lighter and stiffer than Sitka, therefore they are more responsive and offer a more efficient transfer of energy through the top. Additionally, the custom 1 3/4" nut width is more comfortable to play while sitting down, and gives players more room for complex fingerings.
In addition to the Adirondack Braces, this guitar was built without a Tongue Brace. As people search for the mythical tone of old guitars, the tongue 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. This is a great feature for players who may be looking for a compromise between the mahogany and rosewood dreadnoughts. 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.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: German Spruce
Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Adirondack Braces
Inlays: Traditional diamond and square fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Crosscut Grained Ivoroid and Wood Strip
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Drop-In Saddle
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly
Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Modified V neck profile with 2 3/16" string spacing
Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Lower Bout Width: 15"
Body Length: 19 1/4"
Total Length: 39 1/2"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: Deep Body
Misc. 2: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 3: No Tongue Brace