The D2H is the flagship of the Collings line and the model that first brought Bill Collings to the attention of the guitar world. Inspired by the classic herringbone-trimmed guitars of the 1930s, the D2H has a rich, powerful tone with a deep, mellow bass and strong, clear trebles. The standard D2H is a great sound guitar and in the Traditional configuration and an Adirondack spruce top, it's even better.

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. 52624

ModelD2H A T Traditional
TopAdirondack Spruce
Back and sidesE. Indian rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16" Bone
Scale length25 1/2"
Bridge spacing2 3/16"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran mahogany
BracingCustom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace)
BindingIvoroid with small brown herringbone purfling
InlayAbalone long diamond & squares
FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck profileTraditional
CaseOrig. Hard
Rosetteiv/tort/iv & b/w purflings
Total frets20
TunersNickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
Serial No27670
NotesCollings Traditional Handcrafted Case