This OM2H A Traditional was made in 2018 and it's in excellent structural condition. The Adirondack top shows no scratches but the back has some very light scuffs that you can see in person but they are so minor they don’t show in our photographs. The frets show just the slightest hint of wear. As you probably know, OM2H is inspired by the classic, small-bodies herringbone-trimmed guitars of the early 1930s. The OM2H has a rich, balanced tone with a clear but mellow bass and strong, defined trebles. Includes the original hardshell case.

About the Collings Traditional Series

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. 53458

ModelOM2H A Traditional
TopAdirondack Spruce
Back and sidesIndian rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4" bone
Scale length25.5
Bridge spacing2 5/16"
Bridge materialEbony w/ Cutthrough bone saddle
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran Mahogany
Serial No28219
Total frets20
RosetteCustom wood rosette
Neck profileCustom vintage neck profile
InlayGold mother-of-pearl logo and fingerboard inlays
BracingTraditional voicing with pre-war style Sitka spruce bracing
CaseOrig. Hard
FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer