D1 TThe Traditional or "T" Series guitars reflect Bill Collings' return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound. Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all nitrocellulose lacquer finish, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive. Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to create a voicing characterized by warm, rounded highs and a present low midrange, while retaining a quick attack and strong projection. Each Traditional series guitar will come with a handmade lightweight Collings case designed and built in the Collings shop. The pairing of these new Traditional guitars and cases makes for a combination of old world quality and aesthetic that is unprecedented among instruments available today.
Each T-Series guitar features hand selected tone woods that are voiced to facilitate the warm rounded highs and present low mids that characterize the tonality our Traditional series.
T-Series guitars are constructed of all solid woods that are acquired, acclimated, and hand selected by master luthiers here at our shop and joined using animal protein glue.
A combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensures consistently excellent playability and a silky fret feel.
The T-Series Nitrocellulose lacquer finish is sanded to an even thinner thickness than our standard instruments, allowing the natural qualities of the wood to shine.
Premium Waverly open gear tuners offer exceptional tuning stability and smooth reliable operation.
Featuring an amber lacquer toner with unique wood purflings, rosettes and bridge pins, the Traditional series have classic appointments to match their distinctive tone.
Traditional Neck Profile
Our new Traditional neck profile is based on our existing Vintage Now dimensions but adds a more distinct neck taper and rounded fingerboard edges for a played-in feel.
|Back & Sides||Honduran mahogany|
|Construction||Animal protein glue|
|Body Binding||Tortoise with custom wood purflings|
|Bridge||Ebony belly-style with 2 5/16" spacing|
|Fingerboard||Ebony with gold MOP long dots|
|Bridge Pins/End Pin||Tortoise-style|
|Nut||Bone, 1 3/4"|
|Peghead Profile||Tapered square|
|Neck Joint||Mortise & tenon hybrid|
|Truss Rod||Fully adjustable|
|Frets||Medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Peghead Veneer||Ebony with gold MOP Collings Logo|
|Tuners||Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)|
|Rosette||Custom wood rosette|
|Scale Length||25 1/2"|
|Brace Material||Sitka spruce|
|Brace Pattern||Custom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace)|
|Fingerboard Radius||14" - 26" compound|
|Body Finish||High gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Neck Finish||High gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Strings||D'Addario EJ-17 (.013"- .056")|
|Case||Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case|
Matt Read - “Hill Country” - Collings D1 A T (T-Series)
Guitarist Matt Read plays his original composition "Hill Country" on a Collings D1 A T (Traditional Series) featuring a torrefied Adirondack spruce top.
Matt Read - “Baustin” - Collings D1 A T (T-Series)
Guitarist Matt Read plays his original composition "Baustin" on a Collings D1 A T (Traditional Series) featuring a torrefied Adirondack spruce top.
Jordan Tice - Collings D1 A T (Traditional)
Our friend Jordan Tice stopped by the shop to try out a Collings D1 A T (Traditional Series) featuring an optional torrefied Adirondack spruce top.
Chris Eldridge - Collings D1 A T - "Rygar"
Our friend Chris Eldridge was kind enough to grace us with an impromptu performance of his original tune "Rygar" on a Collings D1 A T (Traditional Series) during a recent shop visit.