New. SN: 28388.
1 3/4″ at nut • 2 5/16″ at bridge •
Torrefied Sitka Spruce top. Indian rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck. Traditional series build with hide glue, specialized bracing, and thin nitro lacquer finish. Ivoroid binding with herringbone purfling. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with “cut-diamond” inlays. Nickel Waverly tuners hand-built in Montana. 25 1/2″ scale length.
The torrefied process (controlled baking of the Spruce, like baking cookies), makes big changes occur in the Sitka Spruce top. In general it drives out the “free” water and some of the deeply anchored water, then melts the saccharides (sugars), in the wood to block water from re-accessing areas it was driven from. It also affects the lignin (the “glue” of wood), making its bonds stronger. And… torrefication makes the wood much stronger latitudinally and longitudinally, and makes the surface harder.
So, torrefication changes the Sitka Spruce to behave quite a bit more like Adirondack Red Spruce, for instance
The traditional series from Collings are consistently excellent guitars. We chose a Sitka spruce top on this one specifically because it will be warm sounding straight away. The combination of the traditional bracing/finish with the torrefied wood is quite astonishing and truly sounds like a guitar that has been broken in for some time.
This guitar is so nice that we kept it as we got other OM2H’s in the store to sell. We kept this one not for sale to let our customers hear it opening up, and to make sure we had one at all times because they are so good. This is a late 2018 “new old stock” guitar and has no dings, no player wear.