Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030 - Artisan Guitars
Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030 - Artisan Guitars
Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030 - Artisan Guitars
Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030 - Artisan Guitars
Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030 - Artisan Guitars
Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030 - Artisan Guitars
Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030 - Artisan Guitars
Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030 - Artisan Guitars
Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030 - Artisan Guitars

Collings OM3 G Custom German Spruce and Spanish Cedar ID-7030

Collings OM3 G Custom German Spuce and Spanish Cedar

The OM size, nearly 80 years after it was designed, has become the most popular 14-fret model with fingerstyle guitarists who play on steel strings, yet flatpickers also find it appealing. The OM3 model has been a personal favorite for Pete Townsend since he first began using Collings guitars in 2000. The compact shape makes the Collings OM3 extremely comfortable and easy to handle either onstage or sitting on the couch. The relatively shallow body, at just over 4 deep, results in balanced tone and immediate response.

This OM3 G features a German Spruce Top combined with custom Spanish Cedar back and sides. German Spruce provides a rich, complex tone and is the perfect topwood for many players who play fingerstyle as well as flatpick. German Spruce is stiffer than Sitka, providing more headroom and power, yet more flexible than Adirondack so that it responds well to a lighter attack.

Spanish Cedar is also know as Cedrela Montana. It is harvested from managed timber forest concession in Peru. There is no clear cutting and it does not come from plantations. It is dense and solid and has all the qualities of traditional Spanish Cedar but, unlike it’s cousin, this cedar species does not ooozz sap from it’s pores. This high elevation species has spectacular color, quality and stability.

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 resonation.

Other appointments include a custom nut width of 1 3/4" for those who find the standard 1 13/16" a bit too wide for their playing style.

This guitar is very responsive and will suit the needs of fingerstyle players very well. The German top can also take an impressive amount of flatpicking. Tone is very clear with a vibrant and pleasant high end and just enough lows to balance the tone across the fretboard.

Specifications:

  • Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
  • Serial: 21003
  • Top Wood: German Spruce
  • Back Wood: Spanish Cedar
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4"
  • Scale: 24 7/8"
  • Bracing: Pre-war scalloped bracing
  • Rosette: Select abalone rosette
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16" string spacing
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Gold Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
  • Purfling: Black/white wood purfling
  • Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Fretboard Binding: Grained ivoroid binding
  • Headstock Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Pickguard: Tortoise-style pickguard
  • Backstrip: 3-Style Mosaic Backstrip
  • Headstock Shape: Double bound square headstock with volute
  • Headstock Overlay: Exotic 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: Hardshell Case Included
  • Misc. 1: No Tongue Brace
  • Misc. 2: Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
  • Misc. 3: Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Misc. 4: 15 degree headstock angle
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