Don't be fooled by the somewhat corny-sounding term Collings uses for a torrefied spruce top, what Collings calls "baked" is what Martin calls their "Vintage Tone System," or VTS. Other guitarmakers use different names for the same heat treatment, but what matters is that everybody seems to agree that it isn't smoke and mirrors, it really works.
While the new Collings "Traditional Series" acoustics don't look very different from their standard flattops, there are a number of differences. The changes that affect the sound and feel include: *Constructed using animal protein glue. *Thinner, all-nitrocellulose lacquer finish (no UV-cure undercoats). *Lighter top bracing, no "tongue brace" under the fingerboard. *Neck shape with more rounded fingerboard edges and vintage-like profile and taper.
The following cosmetic differences on Collings "Traditional Series" guitars include: *Herringbone on 2H models is brown & light tan, instead of black & white. Different soundhole purflings also have more subtle contrasts. *Gold mother-of-pearl headstock logo *Through-cut bone saddle
The woods are selected and matched for both weight and stiffness. The end result of the structural changes and the additional fine-tuning is a Collings flattop with a warmer, somewhat more "rounded" and smoother overall tone. While these guitars are not "distressed" or artificially worn to make them appear like an older instrument, both the sound and the feel of these Traditional Series Collings models achieve a more "broken-in" impression for the player, and the listener.
stock no. 50057
|Model||D2H T "Traditional Series"|
|Top||Sitka spruce baked|
|Back and sides||E. Indian rosewood|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 3/4"|
|Scale length||25 1/2"|
|Bridge spacing||2 5/16"|
|Bridge material||Ebony belly-style|
|Neck material||Honduran mahogany|
|Binding||Ivoroid with small brown herringbone purfling|
|Bracing||Custom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace|
|Inlay||Abalone long diamond & squares|
|Notes||Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case|
|Rosette||iv/tort/iv & b/w purflings|
|Tuners||Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)|
|Finish||High gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer|