A Selection of Early Collings Guitars Arrives
This week we look at four recent arrivals of pre-owned Collings guitars, three of which belonged to the same owner and come from Collings' pre-CNC days.
Let's take a look at what's arrived...
This lovely OM-2H arrived at our showroom in a white Calton case bearing a blue tape label signifying the guitar was an OM-2H with a German Spruce top. After checking with Collings and consulting their register, we can't verify it's a German Spruce top. The paper label (signed by Bill) is dated 5/91, but there's no model type designation.
The beautiful top features a tight grain pattern overall, some bear claw markings, and noticeable medullary rays (most commonly associated with Sitka Spruce instead of German Spruce). I spoke with long-time friend Steve McCreary at Collings, and we both think the top is Sitka, but out of respect for my friend B, I will leave his taped label on the case stating it's an OM-2H German. The guitar is in excellent structural shape but shows lots of small pick marks on the upper bout above the pickguard, and expected wear elsewhere.
It's hard to believe this OM-2H is 29 years old! This guitar's distinctive features include nickel Gotoh tuners, a Brazilian peghead overlay, premium Fossilized Walrus Ivory pins with abalone dots (most likely from the legendary John Mickelson), and the Calton case mentioned earlier.
The OM-2H is consistently Collings' best selling model, and here's a great chance to own an early one in great shape.
Years ago, John Holman, a Dallas, TX-based Collings dealer, convinced Bill Collings into making a Collings version of Clarence White's legendary 1935 Martin D-28 (now owned by Tony Rice). Clarence's D-28 was re-necked (with a slimmer neck), the soundhole had been worn away, the tongue brace was missing, etc. Bill agreed to do this new model for John, and the Collings Clarence White model in Brazilian Rosewood was born. John was the only dealer who could sell this new model, and he supplied most of the Brazilian used in making them. The Clarence White model grew to have something of a cult following, especially after Michelle White Bledsoe, Clarence's daughter, gave the naming rights to Martin Guitars for their version of the Clarence White model dreadnought. Of necessity, John retired the name "Clarence White" from his Collings version of the guitar.
From 1989 until the year 2000, John sold the Collings Clarence White model primarily in Brazilian Rosewood, with a smattering of Clarence Whites made in Mahogany too. Since 2000, Collings has made the model available to all dealers, but under the name "Collings Winfield" (now only available in EIR or Mahogany, no longer in Brazilian), making the "original" Collings Clarence White guitars highly sought-after guitars.
This understated and elegant OM-1 features Rosewood binding on its Honduran Mahogany and Sitka Spruce body. The tone is open and warm, as you'd expect, but with a bit of bite, courtesy of the fossilized Walrus Ivory pins our friend put in this OM. This guitar comes with an older TKL (wrapped handle) case.
Vintage feel, aesthetic appeal, and flawless craftsmanship all come to mind while playing the Collings OM-2HV BaA SB. This guitar’s Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, alongside its Adirondack Spruce top, create a poignant mid-range that is balanced by a focused low end, and open upper presence. Its sunburst finish top is bordered by a classic herringbone purfling, and ivoroid binding, giving this guitar a timeless visual charm. With its vintage neck profile, this Collings OM-2HV BaA SB is hard to put down, and a comfortable fit for any player.
These guitars are in stock now, if you'd like to find out more about any of them, please get in touch by calling us on +1 615-383-8947 or +44 (0) 207 835 5597 or by emailing us here.