This CW harkens back to the early days of Bill Collings, back when Collings Guitars was just a few guys and the most expensive models were the Clarence White versions of the D2H. Once C F Martin signed up Clarence White family members in 2000 and was given exclusive rights to the name, Collings kept the "CW" model code but made it stand for "Collings Winfield" (after the music festival and contests held annually in Winfield, Kansas). But the formula that made this model different remained the same: it has an enlarged soundhole, with a blank 21 fret fingerboard and a neck width that's just a bit over 1 11/16" but still under a full 1 3/4". The lighter "Dalmation" pickguard has long been associated with this Dreadnought variant designed for those Collings describes as "flatpicking specialists." However we've found that the tone and volume of these models also makes them ideal for pickers who like a wide dynamic range from a Dreadnought with tone that doesn't sound over-driven when played hard. Showing Brazilian rosewood that's dark and well-matched, this example is in nearly perfect condition but with slight fret wear as shown in photo 12. Original case is equally clean.

stock no. 58570

ModelCW Brazilian/Adirondack
TopAdirondack spruce
Back and sidesBrazilian rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 23/32"
Scale length25 1/2"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran mahogany
BracingPre-war scalloped
Electronicsnone
InlayMother of pearl fretboard dots
Neck profileC with hint of V
Total frets21
TunersWaverly
FinishNitrocellulose lacquer
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No14756
BindingIvoroid