Collings OM T
Collings OM Traditional Model Adirondack Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood
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
The gorgeous set of "A" Grade Madagascar Rosewood on the back and sides broadens out the dynamic range, bringing overtone rich low-end and mellow yet defined trebles. When fingerpicking, each note is rich and warm, yet well defined and easily articulated. The tone is especially balanced with lots of power and clarity, and a great low end as well.
The OM body size has been favored by fingerstyle players for years, but has made its mark in flatpicking and strumming with its unique clarity and projection. Living up to the pedigree and namesake Collings has established, this Collings OM is no exception and is a true delight to play.
This Collings OM boasts 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, yet the folks at Collings build with volume in mind.
I received the OM2 Traditional Friday Afternoon. Opened it Saturday and once again, so professionally packed that there were no issues at all! It took me over a half an hour to get the guitar out of the new Colling case. I was mesmerized by the case itself. The attention to detail, the latches, the quality, the lack of folds in the fabric or cover was very very impressive. It seemed the case was built around the guitar! So on to the guitar…quite impressive just picking it up, so light and once again, perfectly built..no flaws. I have to be honest that I was a little apprehensive that Bill could out do the past builds (this is my 8th Collings). The new OM2 T has some competition as it now hangs next to a Collings OM2 Brazilian that is quite spectacular in its own. Honestly, Collings and team did it! It is bright on the highs, clear on the lows, depending on your desires the guitar can go from soft to loud with no gaps…almost as if it had a volume control. Finger picking, strumming or flat picking it is spectacular. Cant wait to see it grow old and open up even more, but I think the Traditional method is the way to go. But it makes one think about what is next? Can it get any better? I can’t wait to see.
D.M. - Lenexa, Kansas
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
Back Wood: Madagascar Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Collings Scalloped
Inlays: Gold Mother of Pearl
Rosette: 2 Style
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 5/16"
Bridge Pins: Ivoroid w/ Black Dot
Tuners: Nickel Waverly
Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise-style celluloid pickguard
Backstrip: 2-style backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
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 Case
Misc. 2: Fully adjustable truss rod
Misc. 3: Animal Protein Glue
Misc. 4: 15 degree headstock angle