Pre Owned 2012 Collings D1A Varnish Adirondack and Mahogany
This Pre Owned 2012 Collings D1A Varnish Adirondack and Mahogany is in excellent + condition with a few barely visible surface scratches, very minor fretwear and it includes the original hardshell case. This guitar kicks the sound of other guitars - listen to the recording and tell us we need to help you take it home. We do offer a very helpful 90 day, Interest Free Layaway Program!
Each and every time we have a D1A in the shop with a hand-rubbed varnish finish, it is time and time again one of our favorite guitars in the shop. This is a highly customized version featuring many of our favorite upgrades along with master grade Adirondack Spruce and Mahogany, brought to life by the masterful builders at Collings!
The square-shouldered 14-fret dreadnought is the most popular steel-string acoustic guitar body shape in the world. While Collings is certainly not the only company to build them, they bring a new tonal clarity to the depth and warmth usually associated with such a large, deep-bodied guitar. Although its bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment, Collings versions are also often employed by bluegrass flatpickers who must compete with inherently louder instruments such as banjos and fiddles. The wide range of woods and neck sizes offered allow dreadnought fans to find a Collings model ideally suited to their playing style and tonal preference.
Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more, significantly smoothing out the mids and highs of the Mahogany and Adirondack, while enhancing the low end and warming the highs considerably. For the die hard rosewood fans here in the shop, this guitar bridges the gap between rosewood and mahogany, projecting incredibly articulate note definition common with mahogany and the power and low end associated with rosewood.
The Adirondack Spruce drives the top of this guitar and provides ample power and headroom for heavy handed flatpickers while the fast response of the varnish provides a much better fingerstyle experience as opposed to lacquer.
This D1A also was also custom 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 resonance. Other great additions on this Collings D1A are the nickel waverly tuners and a 1 3/4" nut width.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Adirondack
Back Wood: Mahogany
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Scale: 25 1/2"
Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped
Rosette: Black/white wood nitrate strip rosette
Neck Wood: Mahogany with Lacquer Finish
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Drop-In Saddle
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly
Body Binding: Tortoise-style binding
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Backstrip: Simple walnut backstrip
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
Frets To Body: 14
Body Depth: 4 7/8"
Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
Body Length: 20"
Total Length: 40 1/4"
Case: Original Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: Setup High E: 2/32"
Misc. 2: Setup Low E: 3/32"
Misc. 3: Varnish Finish
Misc. 4: No Toungue Brace
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