The D2H is the flagship of the Collings line and the model that first brought Bill Collings to the attention of the guitar world. Inspired by the classic herringbone-trimmed Dreadnoughts of the 1930s, the D2H has a rich, powerful tone with a deep, mellow bass and strong, clear trebles. The standard D2H is a great sounding guitar and in the Traditional configuration, with animal protein glue construction and lighter bracing, it's even better. This example sports the Satin Finish, which gives the guitar a subtler, less glossy look.
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. 58348
|Model||D2H T S Baked|
|Top||Baked Sitka spruce|
|Back and sides||E. Indian rosewood|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 3/4"|
|Scale length||25 1/2"|
|Bridge spacing||2 5/16"|
|Neck material||Honduran mahogany|
|Bracing||Custom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace), Sitka spruce|
|Inlay||Gold MOP long diamond & squares|
|Rosette||Custom wood rosette|
|Tuners||Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)|
|Finish||Satin extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Binding||Ivoroid with small brown herringbone purfling|