Collings OM2H Cutaway Engelmann Spruce and Indian Rosewood
‘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 also find it very appealing as the OM body shape allows for a more balanced tonal fingerprint than a Dreadnought would. No wonder that when Eric Clapton recorded his famous " Unplugged" record, he chose an OM body size!
The compact shape makes the Collings OM 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 Collings OM2H is Engelmann Spruce. The choice of Engelmann Spruce is ideal for fingerstylists of those with a bit of a softer hand. There is a tremendous amount of presence in a guitar as easy to articulate as this one. Engelmann is softer than Sitka, and has richer, more complex tone; while being exceptionally responsive. The short scale length of this instrument relieves significant string tension which makes for a guitar that is almost effortless to play, paired with rosewood back and sides.
This guitar was custom ordered without a tongue brace. 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.
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Top Wood: Engelmann Spruce
Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Scalloped bracing with no Tongue Brace
Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"
Bridge: Ebony Belly
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
Body Binding: Grained ivoroid
Backstrip: Matching 2-Style Backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Stained 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: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 2: Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
Misc. 3: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
Misc. 4: Exotic Stained Ebony Veneer
Misc. 5: Cutaway