The Sitka spruce top and mahogany sides and back of the D1 T Traditional sound remarkably well-balanced, with a strong, clear bass and crisp, sparking trebles and mids. Rosewood dreadnoughts seem to get all the glory but a mahogany guitar like this is very versatile and works well in just about any musical setting. The lighter build of the Traditional Series produces a guitar that responds to the lightest touch.

The secret behind the great tone of the Traditional Series isn’t really much of secret. The trick is that Collings has revived some of the more labor intensive techniques that builders used back in the 1930s and 1940s, the decade we consider the Golden Era of American guitar making.

The Collings Traditional Series of guitars differ from their standard models in a numbers of ways. One of the the most important is the use of animal protein glue. When this glue sets it dries to a very hard, almost brittle consistency that many luthiers and players feel transmits string vibrations more faithfully than more modern resin adhesives, which even when dry are slightly elastic.

Other important changes include the use of lighter, stiffer wood in the tops and bracing; a thinner all-nitrocellulose lacquer finish with no UV-cure filler or undercoats; no flat brace (sometimes called “tongue brace”) under the end of the fingerboard; and bridges with a through-cut saddle. The neck shapes also have more rounded fingerboard edges and a vintage-inspired profile and taper. 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. 52623

ModelD1 T Traditional
TopSitka spruce
Back and sidesHonduran mahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length25 1/2"
Bridge spacing2 5/16"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran mahogany
BracingCustom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace)
InlayMOP long dots
Serial No27796
Neck profileTraditional
RosetteCustom wood rosette
Total frets19
TunersNickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
CaseOrig. Hard
BindingTortoise with custom wood purflings