Our new favorite non-Dreadnought Collings, we've been waiting for the return of the C-100 for more years than we care to realize. Actually it's been over 20 years since Collings discontinued this body shape, and on the Collings website they call this "the newest body shape in our acoustic line up." Sorry, but despite how much we love the Collings crew that "newest" statement isn't historically correct. Bill Collings designed this body shape in 1991 as an expanded version of his Gibson-inspired C-10. But when Bill was developing the tooling and CNC codes for the flattop models several years later he decided that the OM, SJ, and the C-100 were too similar in size and as a result the C-100 was abandoned. Gryphon complained and whined but to no avail, as we loved this body shape and sold a lot of them (and for the record, there's only one guy working at Collings today who has been there as long as Gryphon has been a Collings Guitars dealer).

At almost 16 inches wide across the lower bout and over 4 5/8 inches deep, the C-100 is significantly larger than an OM, and has a more airy open tone as a result. But it's not dreadnoughty, and the gentle curve at the waist makes it feel smaller than it really is when you're playing while seated. This mahogany version with a torrefied top is marvelous, and short of full-on hardcore bluegrass flatpicking it could be used for almost any playing style. This might be the most versatile Collings acoustic they offer, so come try it out.

stock no. 58460

ModelC100, Baked Spruce top
TopBaked Sitka spruce
Back and sidesHonduran mahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16" Bone
Scale length25 1/2"
Bridge spacing2 3/16"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran mahogany
Weight4.10 lbs.
BracingPre-war non-scalloped X-brace,Sitka spruce,
InlayMOP long dots
Neck profileC shape
RosetteIvoroid with b/w purfling
Total frets20
TunersNickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
FinishHigh gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No30643
BindingIvoroid with rope purfling