The text below is pretty much our standard description of this model, but although we try to avoid raving about the tone of a particular guitar this example sounds waaay different than the usual Indian rosewood Collings Parlor. Is it the Madagascar rosewood? The Adirondack top? We don't know, but whatever it is sure works and this parlor sounds way bigger than its dimensions suggest, with a more impressive bass response than even lightweight vintage guitars of this size.p>The Collings Parlor Deluxe Traditional is inspired by the guitars of the late 19th century, the era when builders first started bracing instruments for steel strings. Although these guitars look tiny to our modern eyes, in their day they were the standard size. Parlor guitars are not as loud or as bassy as their larger descendants but they have a pleasing, delicate tone and they are very responsive. This particular model has the Deluxe-level cosmetic features such as multi colored purfling and a bound neck and headstock. This guitar has an Adirondack spruce top and Madagascar rosewood sides and back, two other special upgrades.
While the new Collings "Traditional Series" acoustics don't look very different from their standard flattops, there are a number of differences. The changes that affect the sound and feel include: *Constructed using animal protein glue. *Thinner, all-nitrocellulose lacquer finish (no UV-cure undercoats). *Lighter top bracing, no "tongue brace" under the fingerboard. *Neck shape with more rounded fingerboard edges and vintage-like profile and taper.
The following cosmetic differences on Collings "Traditional Series" guitars include: *Herringbone on 2H models is brown & light tan, instead of black & white. The different soundhole purflings and top purfling on 1 Series models also have more subtle contrasts. *Gold mother-of-pearl headstock logo *Through-cut bone saddle
The woods are selected and matched for both weight and stiffness. The end result of the structural changes and the additional fine-tuning is a Collings flattop with a warmer, somewhat more "rounded" and smoother overall tone. 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. 56564
|Model||Parlor Deluxe A Traditional Madagascar Rosewood|
|Back and sides||Madagascar Rosewood|
|Frets to body||12|
|Nut width||1 3/4", Bone|
|Scale length||24 7/16"|
|Bridge spacing||2 5/16"|
|Neck material||Honduran mahogany|
|Neck profile||Modified V|
|Tuners||Waverly Engraved Bronze 3-on-a-plate with Ivoroid Buttons|