OM1 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.

Traditional Voicing

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.

Traditional Construction

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.

Traditional Finish

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.

Traditional Appointments

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.

Traditional Options

The T-Series can be ordered with an optional Adirondack top, either torrefied or non-torrefied, and Madagascar rosewood is available on 2 and 3 series models. Each Traditional model is available with an optional sunburst top.

TopSitka spruce
Back & SidesHonduran mahogany
ConstructionAnimal protein glue
NeckHonduran mahogany
Body BindingTortoise with custom wood purflings
Fingerboard BindingNone
Peghead BindingNone
BridgeEbony belly-style with 2 5/16" spacing
FingerboardEbony with MOP long dots
Bridge Pins/End PinTortoise-style
NutBone, 1 3/4"
SaddleBone, Cutthrough
Neck ProfileTraditional
Peghead ProfileTapered square
Neck JointMortise & tenon hybrid
Truss RodFully adjustable
FretsMedium 18% nickel-silver
Peghead VeneerEbony with gold MOP Collings Logo
TunersNickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
Backstrip1-style (Walnut)
RosetteCustom wood rosette
Scale Length25 1/2"
Brace MaterialSitka spruce
Brace PatternCustom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace)
Fingerboard Radius14" - 26" compound
Body FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
StringsD'Addario EJ-16 (.012"- .053")
CaseCollings Traditional Handcrafted Case
Body Length19 1/4"
Body Depth4 1/8"
Lower Bout Width15"
Total Length39 1/2"

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