'OM' stands for "Orchestra Model," but 80 years after this body shape was first designed it has become the most popular 14-fret model with fingerstyle guitar soloists who choose to play on steel strings. Yet flatpickers also find it appealing, and when the graceful cutaway is added these OMs are often used by lead players who routinely explore all 20 frets much as they would on an electric guitar. The compact shape makes the Collings OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the relatively shallow body (barely over 4 inches deep) results in balanced tone and an immediate response.
Standard Features Include:
Adirondack Spruce top Mahogany back & sides Black/white wood nitrate strip rosette Tortoise-style top/back body binding Black/white wood purfling with 1-style walnut backstrip Pre-war scalloped bracing Tortoise-style celluloid pickguard High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish Mahogany neck Square headstock with no volute 15 degree headstock angle Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo Ebony fingerboard with ebony belly-style bridge Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint 20 Frets, neck joins the body at the 14th fret Modified V neck profile with 2 3/16" string spacing 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius 1 11/16" Bone nut and drop-in saddle 25 1/2" Scale length Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays Fully adjustable truss rod Ebony bridge pins and end pin Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio Recommended string gauge - D'Addario EJ-16 (.012"-.053") Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL