The square-shouldered 14-fret dreadnought is easily the most popular acoustic guitar design in the world, yet somehow Collings brings this iconic template to a totally new level. With tonal clarity to match the warmth and depth of the dreadnought, the Collings D2H is cutting, robust, and powerful, but it also remains sweet and subtle when you want it to be. In many ways, the D2H is a guitar that seems to do everything well.
One of our favorite Collings custom options is to specify Adirondack Spruce Braces with No Tongue Brace. In this industry, we spend too much time splitting hairs and arguing the merits of various species of Spruce, and we easily forget the top wood itself is sometimes much less important than the bracing that controls how it moves. A well-voiced, well-braced top will sound fantastic, regardless of what it's made of. This Collings D2H "Torch" (serial #31051) illustrates that principle in spades.
This Collings D2H features the standard wood complement of Sitka Spruce and East Indian Rosewood, but with Adirondack Spruce braces and No Tongue Brace, its tone is anything but standard. Adirondack Braces are stiffer than Sitka braces, so this guitar has almost endless headroom, and because it has less material dampening the upper bout (i.e., no tongue brace), the top moves effortlessly with a light touch. The result is powerful, cutting dreadnought tone with a wide dynamic range and the sweet subtlety of a played-in guitar. If it sounds like a prewar guitar, we wanted to make sure it played like one, so we also requested a prewar-appropriate 1-3/4" nut width, too.
With this D2H, the idea was to construct a guitar with inspiring tone, so we wanted to make sure it had the high-end details to match. What could express that any better than Collings' stunning "Torch" peghead inlay?
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides: East Indian Rosewood
- Bracing: Adirondack Spruce
- Brace Pattern: Pre-War Scalloped X w/ No Tongue Brace
- Neck: Honduran Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Modified V
- Scale Length: 25-1/2"
- Nut: Bone, 1-3/4"
- Body Binding: Ivoroid with Herringbone Purfling
- Fingerboard Binding: Ivoroid
- Peghead Binding: Ivoroid
- Peghead Inlay: Abalone Torch
- Bridge: Ebony Belly
- Saddle: Drop-In Bone, 2-3/16" string spacing
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Fingerboard Radius: 14" - 26" Compound
- Case: Deluxe Hardshell by TKL