The OM1 is one of the the most popular models Collings builds. It responds immediately to the light touch of a fingerpicker but you can get a lot of volume out of it with a flatpick, as well. This is a great guitar for playing old-time music and it sounds particularly fine in the company of open-back banjos and oval hole mandolins but it is also versatile enough to shine in just about any musical setting. We ordered this particular guitar with a torrefied Sitka spruce top, or Baked, as Collings calls it, which adds an extra measure of sparkle and depth to the tone. It sounds great on stage, in the studio and in your living room.

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. 53642

ModelOM1 Traditional Baked Sunburst w/ Collings Case
TopBaked Sitka Spruce
Back and sidesHonduran mahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4" bone
Scale length25 1/2"
Bridge spacing 2 5/16"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran mahogany
BracingCustom Traditional Series pre-war, scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace), Sitka
InlayGold MOP short dots
Serial No28297
Neck profileTraditional
RosetteCustom wood rosette
Total frets20
TunersNickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
CaseOrig. Hard
BindingTortoise with custom wood purflings