We do not get many of these around here which is a shame as their pretty darn good sounding acoustics…
Mention Bill Collings to a room of guitarists and see their faces light up. Along with a handful of American acoustic manufacturers, Collings represents the next level in luthiery, combining modern production techniques with a craftsman’s eye for detail. With a now well established reputation, these instruments surely deserve a place on any players bucket-list.
Based on the classic Orchestra Model body design, the body shape produces a very well balanced, full tone throughout the frequency spectrum. The Collings OM-1 uses a sitka spruce top, and mahogany for the back, sides and neck with ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. The headplate is Indian rosewood, with a mother of pearl Collings logo and three dots for position markers. Faux Tortoise is used for the body binding and the pickguard. For this 2005 example, a custom Abalone or Paua shell rosette was chosen. Waverly tuners and bone nut and saddle round out the hardware.
A word from the manufacturer…
‘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. Yet flatpickers also find it appealing, and when the graceful cutaway is added these OMs are often used by lead players who routinely explore all 20 frets much as they would on an electric guitar. The compact shape makes the Collings OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the relatively shallow body (barely over 4 inches deep) results in balanced tone and an immediate response.
We are located in Gloucestershire, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed, tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers and purchased, by appointment at our demo facilities in Gloucester.
We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
Landline (generally staffed 9AM-6PM Monday to Friday): 01242 697607
Overseas: +44 1242 697607