Serial # 684. A vintage Collings, if we can be so bold in calling an Early 1990’s guitar Vintage! This ’92 D1A is a fairly early build for the then-young Austin manufacturer. The guitar was dated 11/92, and despite its age, looks quite similar to a modern Collings build. Bridgeplate and bracing is nearly identical to the company’s modern guitars, but the guitar has a developed, open, aged, and woody voice thanks to its 20+ years of use. The quality of the Red spruce top is also something to marvel at – this kind of red spruce doesn’t grow on trees any longer, so to speak.
An exceptional sounding mahogany Dreadnought, the guitar has been pro-used by a flat picker we quite highly regard here at Folkway. It’s about as developed as a 20 year old guitar can be - strong, balanced, and complex. It’s clear without any over-articulateness, and not overly bright.
The guitar specs out nearly identically to a current D1A. Mahogany back and sides, scalloped Sitka bracing under a Red spruce top, one-piece mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, ebony bridge with bone saddle and ebony pins, pearl Collings logo and bone nut. The tuners are Gotoh enclosed Klusons (Think 1950’s Martin) as the guitar pre-dates Waverly tuners.
The guitar’s neck is quite wonderfully comfortable, with a rounded carve that’s quite manageable in size, a 1-11/16” nut and string spread of 2-3/16” at the saddle.
Excellent playability and neck angle, full height saddle, light even wear to the frets. Set-up in shop with mediums.
The guitar’s original finish has aged nicely as well; with light scratches, dents and dings, and belt marks on the guitar’s back. Playwear between the bridge and pickguard, and worn sections of neck finish up to the 7th fret. The side dots have been professionally redone with larger white dots that are easier to see on stage. There are three very small side cracks, all repaired. No back or top cracks. K+K pickup presently installed.
A top-tier player’s mahogany Dreadnought, with tone that will give a pre-war D a good run for its money.
With hardshell case
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