The Collings OM2H is inspired by the classic, small-bodied herringbone-trimmed Martins of the early 1930s. The OM2H has a rich, balanced tone with a clear but mellow bass and strong, defined trebles. The standard OM2H is a great sounding guitar but in the Traditional configuration it has an even rounder, richer tone. We ordered this guitar with a torrefied Adirondack spruce top, which produces a tone that is comes very close to a 1930s-era vintage sound.

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. 55156

ModelOM2H A Traditional Baked
TopBaked Adirondack spruce
Back and sidesIndian rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut widthBone, 1 3/4"
Scale length25 1/2"
Bridge spacing2 5/16"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialHonduran mahogany
BracingCustom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace)
InlayGold MOP short diamond & squares
Neck profileTraditional
RosetteCustom wood rosette
Total frets20
TunersNickel Waverly, 16:1 ratio
FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No29224
BindingIvoroid with small brown herringbone purfling