This signature model is the result of a long collaboration between Julian Lage and the late Bill Collings, and has a number of significant differences when compared to a Collings OM1A Traditional Series model. Although it doesn't bear the "T" in the model code, the JL is very much a Traditional Series model, just one with even more differences. Of course you could say that all Collings Traditional Series models are inspired by 1930s Martins, but the OM1A JL is based on a particular guitar, Julian's 1939 000-18. After hundreds and hundreds of hours playing that particular 000, Lage was looking for a contemporary mahogany 000 of that same size but with a neck that felt like "home," and the JL model is the result. The JL neck has the same slightly asymmetric "worn in" feel as Lage's '39 000-18, but with the longer 25.4" string scale.

Other differences are the thin satin-gloss lacquer and the blind-end saddle slot (instead of the through-cut saddle on other Traditional Series models). This type of saddle is easier to adjust and change, and also allows a wider range of pickup options for players who need to plug in. The last touch is the headstock logo, which is the same pearl lettering script that Bill Collings hand-cut for his earliest guitars.

We've found that players are delighted when they first try one of these OM1A Julian Lage models. It's very light in weight and incredibly responsive.

stock no. 55092

ModelOM1A Julian Lage
TopAdirondack 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
BindingTortoise with custom wood purflings
BracingCustom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace), Sitka spruce
Inlay Gold MOP short dots
Neck profileOM1JL
RosetteCustom wood rosette
Total frets20
TunersRelic nickel Waverly with vintage oval buttons (16:1 ratio)
FinishSatin
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No29044
Weight3.62 lbs.