We spend too much time splitting hairs and arguing the various species of Spruce, so we easily forget the top wood itself is sometimes less important than the bracing that dictates how it moves and makes sound. A well-voiced, well-braced top will sound fantastic, regardless of what it's made of. With Adirondack Braces and No Tongue Brace, this Collings D1 Flourish (serial #32188) is a perfect example.
This Collings D1 features the standard wood complement of Sitka Spruce and Honduran Mahogany, but with Adirondack Spruce braces and No Tongue Brace, its tone is anything but standard. Adirondack Braces are stiffer than Sitka braces, so this dreadnought has almost endless headroom, and because it has less material dampening the upper bout (i.e., no tongue brace), the top moves and responds effortlessly with a light touch. The result is warm and powerful dreadnought tone with a wide dynamic range and the sweet subtly of a played-in guitar.
With this D1, the idea was to construct a guitar with tone that would bloom and flourish, so why not style it out? On the peghead, Collings "Flourish" inlay makes it clear this is a serious instrument for players who want serious, nuanced tone. To complete the aesthetic, why not add Tortoise fingerboard and peghead binding (to match the body binding, of course)? The result is a guitar that looks every bit as a good as it sounds.
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides: Honduran Mahogany
- Brace Material: 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"
- Bridge: Ebony Belly
- Saddle: Drop-In Bone, 2-3/16" string spacing
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Fingerboard Radius: 14" - 26" Compound
- Peghead Inlay: Abalone/Pearl "Flourish"
- Fingerboard Binding: Tortoise w/ White Purfling
- Peghead Binding: Tortoise w/ White Purling
- Case: Deluxe Hardshell by TKL
This D1 Flourish is a substantial instrument that will push your playing to the next level. Since it sounds like a seasoned, played-in treasure, we wanted to make sure it played like one too, so we requested a prewar-appropriate 1-3/4" nut width.