Collings OM2H SS VN Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood with Vintage Now Neck Pre-Owned 2014
‘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 OM2H equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch. The tone is focused and powerful, as are all Collings' guitars.
A Sitka Spruce top paired with Indian Rosewood on the back and sides is a much favored combination, but it is the custom appointments that help this OM2H rise to the top of the pack!
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.
The custom deep body, Short Scale, Adirondack Braces, and the absence of a Tongue Brace truly give this OM a wonderful tonal range. With the low end support of the short scale and deep body, you get a very pleasing lower register that compliments the open and articulated aspects of the Adirondack Braces and the absence of the Tongue Brace.
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. When glued using Hot Hide Glue, that same effect is multiplied yet again... offering even greater resonation and power.
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.
The Vintage Now neck is a custom appointment on this instrument and is coupled with a 1 3/4" nut and 2 5/16" string spacing at the saddle. Collings Vintage Now neck is the perfect compromise for many players that think a modern neck is too flat in profile, yet the typical neck on a 40's style instrument is too thick.
Collings' exclusive neck profile is uniquely adapted to players looking for vintage width and girth, with contemporary playability. The slightly wider string spacing at both ends of the guitar also makes fingerstyle playing and chordal accompaniment more enjoyable.
The highs are also crystal clear on a Collings, since only the highest grade Spruce is chosen for their instruments. You really can't go wrong with this model!
Other custom appointments include the Aging Toner Finish, 1 3/4" nut width, Ebony Veneer on the headstock and Nickel Waverly tuners with Ivoroid buttons.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 24 7/8"
Bracing: Adirondack Braces
Inlays: Mother of pearl diamond and square fingerboard inlays
Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 5/16"
Bridge: Ebony Belly
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly tuners with Vintage Ivoroid buttons
Body Binding: Grained ivoroid binding
Backstrip: Matching 2-Style Backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Exotic Stained Ebony Veneer
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Vintage Now Neck
Body Depth: 4 5/8"
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: No Tongue Brace
Misc. 5: Deep Body
Misc. 6: Aging Toner