Just Arrived: A 29-Year-Old Brazilian Battleship from Collings Guitars

Warmth, volume, projection, power, beauty, bass… how else to describe an absolutely stunning D3 from Collings? Not only that, but it’s had nearly 30 years to open up! It’s in the Exchange now, let me tell you a bit more about it… 

The 14-fret, square shouldered dreadnought is the most popular steel-string acoustic guitar body shape in the world. Every maker, big or small, budget or luxury, build this body shape. And for good reason. It’s the workhorse. This body shape is one that defines genres. One that you hear on countless records. One that you see in the hands of the most accomplished and notable players. And one that should appear in every collection.
But then there’s the Texas take on it.
“While Collings is certainly not the only company to build them, we bring a new tonal clarity to the depth and warmth usually associated with such a large, deep-bodied guitar,” they say on their website. 
Although its bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment, Collings’ versions are also often seen in the hands of bluegrass flatpickers who need to select an instrument that’s capable of competing with inherently louder instruments such as banjos and fiddles. While large-bodied guitars are traditionally played with picks, the D3 is versatile enough to sing for fingerstylists too. 
The D3 has the uncompromized Collings build quality and attention to detail, right from the hand-voiced Red Spruce top, the scalloped pre-war X-bracing, the AAA-grade Brazilian rosewood making up the back and sides with its dark chocolatey hue, and a Bill Collings hand-signed label. 
This D3 was built in 1992 so this one has had almost 30 years to truly open up! Just image how that sounds… actually, no need. Listen to TNAG demonstrator extraordinaire, Carl Miner, put it through its paces.

This Collings D3 has settled into itself, creating an amazing instrument that is truly satisfying to play and listen to. The Red Spruce top has aged beautifully over time and the AAA-grade quarter-sawn Brazilian rosewood back has a nearly pin straight grain pattern, which gives way to intricate and symmetrical arrow markings that run down the Chevron backstrip. 
The classic combination produces a tone that is strong yet defined in the low end, perfectly pairing with intimate vocal arrangements, as well as rich, clear highs that can cut through even the loudest ensembles.
The 14”-26” compound radius, paired with its 1 3/4” nut width and modified V Honduran mahogany neck, gives this D3 an effortless playability. Matched with its abalone rosette, black and white line purfling, and ivoroid bound body and neck, this Collings D3 is an exceptional guitar that will win the hearts of players and collectors alike. 

Collings D3 in Brazilian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce

  • Year: 1992
  • Top: Red Spruce 
  • Back & Sides: AAA-grade Brazilian Rosewood 
  • Rosette: Abalone 
  • Purfling: b/w Line 
  • Backstrip: 3-Style (Chevron) 
  • Body Binding: Ivoroid 
  • Neck: Honduran Mahogany 
  • Neck Profile: Modified V
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony 
  • Fretboard Radius: 14" - 26" compound
  • Peg Head Style: Tapered Square w/ Volute
  • Peg Head Veneer: Stained Exotic Ebony w/ MOP Collings logo
  • Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid 
  • Fretboard Inlays: None 
  • Tuners: Gold Waverly 
  • Bridge: Ebony belly-style
  • Pins: Ivoroid w/ Abalone Dots 
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Saddle Type: Drop-in, Compensated
  • Nut Material: Bone 
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Fret Wire: Medium 18% nickel-silver
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4”
  • Spacing at Saddle: 2 3/16” 
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2” 
  • Body Depth: 4 7/8”
  • Body Length: 20”
  • Upper Bout: 11 3/8”
  • Lower Bout: 15 5/8” 
  • Truss Rod: Fully adjustable
  • Brace Pattern: Pre-war scalloped X-brace
  • S/N: 648
To find out more about this instrument, please don't hesitate to reach out by calling our US team on (+1) 615-383-8947 or our UK team by calling +44 (0) 207 835 5597, alternatively you can email us here.


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