The 002H Traditional 14-Fret is the latest model from Collings. This comfortable to hold guitar hits the sonic sweet spot between a small-bodied and large-boded instrument. It has the clarity and definition of a concert or parlor guitar combined with the mellowness and resonance of an OM. The shorter 24 7/8” scale length combined with a relatively broad waist allows for a more delicate top-voicing, producing an openness that’s equally suited for accentuating subtle nuances as it is for digging in on single-note runs. All in all, the 00 14-fret is a highly versatile instrument that excels at a variety of playing styles from fingerstyle to strumming and anything in between.

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 something you can't see even with an inspection mirror: 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. 58274

Model002H, Traditional, 14 Fret
TopSitka spruce
Back and sidesE. Indian rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut widthBone, 1 3/4"
Scale length24 7/8"
Bridge spacing2 5/16"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran mahogany
BindingIvoroid with small brown herringbone purfling
BracingCustom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace),
InlayMOP short diamond & squares
Neck profileTraditional
RosetteCustom wood rosette
Total frets20
TunersNickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No30449