Although the Collings website puts this guitar as being from 1992, a copy of the original Collings receipt in the case clearly shows "5-91" and this "#383" serial number. Collings Guitars was a rather small crew in those early days, but this D2H shows they'd had time to figure things out and it can more than hold its own, both in appearance details and sound, with later examples. About the only giveaway that it's this early are the Kluson Deluxe style tuners. Light fret wear as this has been played, but very carefully. Big Brazilian/Adirondack D sound and wonderful dark Brazilian. Fossilized nut and saddle are mentioned in the original receipt. While we certainly cannot claim that the late Bill Collings actually built this particular flattop model, Bill was a lot more involved in the day-to-day guitar production than he was later. Collings mandolins, for instance, were still over six years away, and Collings electrics were even futher off in the future. TKL Deluxe case included is the original, this Collings is from long before the TKL Vintage cases were offered.

stock no. 58571

ModelD2H Brazilian, Adirondack
TopAdirondack spruce
Back and sidesBrazilian rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16"
Scale length25 1/2"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran mahogany
InlayMother of pearl fretboard dots
Electronicsnone
Total frets20
BracingPre-war scalloped
Neck profilevery rounded V
BindingIvoroid
TunersKluson Deluxe style
FinishNitrocellulose lacquer
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No383