When you first look at an 0-size 12-string like this you can be forgiven for thinking "Oh, another cute little 12-string that's all chime but no bottom end." Be prepared for a surprise when you play it, however, as thanks to the rosewood back and sides and Collings' light top bracing, this little 12-string delivers a lot more bass response than you'd expect, and is no slouch in the volume dept. either when you need it. What's the secret? For one thing a relatively small diameter soundboard like this is naturally stronger than a larger top under the higher tension all those additional strings. The 12-fret design puts the bridge in the middle of the soundboard, and the carefully engineered top bracing is light enough to really let it sing but without the top distortion common on bigger 12-strings that are lightly braced. Another plus, of course, is that while you have to climb over those big 12-strings this is one you can tuck under your arm almost like a parlor model. By using a capo you can get marvelously sweet harpsichord-like sounds, or you can get very convincing Barbeque Bob blues tones. That's quite a range, and this Collings 12-string can handle just about anything in between.

stock no. 52648

Model02H 12-String
TopSitka spruce
Back and sidesE. Indian rosewood
Frets to body12
Nut width 1 7/8", bone
Scale length24 7/8"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran mahogany
TunersGolden Age w/ cream buttons (15:1 ratio)
FinishHigh gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
Total frets20
BindingIvoroid with herringbone purfling
Rosetteiv/tort/iv & b/w purflings
Serial No27806
BracingPre-war scalloped X-brace, Sitka spruce
Neck profileModified V
InlayAbalone short diamond & squares
CaseOrig. Hard