Collings OM1 A JL

Collings OM1 A JL

Adirondack Spruce & Mahogany
1-11/16" Nut • 25-1/2" Scale

Regular price $5,535 + Free Shipping Sale #27654

Collings OM1 A JL Julian Lage signature model with optional Adirondack spruce top.

This model is based on Collings' popular Traditional Series guitars, but has a few features that make it truly unique:

  • Satin finish w/ subtle amber toner
  • Early "Collings" script headstock inlay
  • Neck profile modeled after Julian's 1939 Martin 000-18
  • Relic patina nickel Waverly tuners

Like the Traditional Series guitars, the OM1 A JL features an ultra thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish and Collings' beautiful handcrafted case.

As many of you know, the development of this guitar was Bill Collings' last project before he passed in July of 2017.  

There's a lot more great info on this guitar at the official Collings OM1 JL product info page.

OM (Orchestra Model) Body Size

When the Orchestra Model was introduced in the 1920s, it was designed with the ensemble guitarist in mind. However, the OM's compact size and balanced tone quickly made it top choice among fingerstyle players, and even today it remains one of the most popular guitar body sizes around.

Despite the OM's close association with fingerstyle players, many flatpickers are fond of the shape as well. An OM may not have the raw power and booming bass of a dreadnought, but its refined, even tone mean it's well-suited to rhythm or vocal accompaniment.

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.

Body Length 19-1/4"
Body Depth 4-1/8"
Lower Bout Width 15"
Total Length 39-1/2”

Adirondack Spruce Top

Adirondack is the stiffest of the major spruce species, a factor which give the wood its big, bright tone and quick response. Adirondack is well suited to nearly any play style and works on any body size. 

Adirondack also has plenty of "headroom," meaning it will maintain clarity and single note articulation even when played aggressively. This makes it a natural choice among bluegrass and country players who need lots of power to avoid getting buried by the rest of the band. 

While Adirondack is tough to beat when it comes to volume and definition, it tends to be slightly less mellow than Sitka or Englemann.

Mahogany Back & Sides

Mahogany is known for its prominent mid-range and woody tonal qualities. It's a great all-around option for any player, but its direct, punchy voice makes it especially popular for styles requiring lots of projection and clarity. 

Collings Traditional Case

Collings Traditional Case

Introduced in 2016, Collings' Traditional cases were designed to recreate the lightweight, durable, perfectly fitted instrument cases of the 1930s. Designed by Bill Collings and handcrafted in his Austin shop, the Collings cases are as beautiful as they are functional.

The new Collings cases are about 30% lighter than the deluxe TKL models. They're also far less bulky and easier to carry thanks to their improved balance.

Features and Specs

  • 3-ply poplar veneer construction with cross-ply lamination for strength and rigidity
  • Heavy-duty 22oz stichless vinyl cover resists fraying and peeling
  • Lightweight, compact, and easy to handle
  • Grained leather handle with heavy duty metal straps and welded “D” attachment rings
  • Injection molded padding made from custom foam blend
  • Velvety purple interior with neck rest and fingerboard cushion
  • Custom spring-loaded latches open and close easily (but securely) and won’t weaken over time

Click here to learn more about the Traditional cases at CollingsGuitars.com.

Body SizeOM (Orchestra Model)
Top WoodAdirondack Spruce
Back & SidesMahogany
FingerboardEbony
Nut Width1-11/16"
Scale Length25-1/2"
String Spacing2-3/16"
Neck ProfileCustom JL Carve
StringsD'Addario NB1253 Nickel Wound (12 - 53)
CaseCollings Traditional Handcrafted Case

Founded by Bill Collings in 1973, Collings Guitars has grown to become one of the most respected names in acoustic music.

Tejon Street Music is proud to be one of the largest Collings dealers on the Front Range and a top 10 dealer in 2016.

Craftsmanship

There are few builders who can match Collings when it comes to fit and finish.

Their instruments have clean, sharp lines and mirror-like finishes. Even small details like the meticulously polished saddle and the crisp inlay work demonstrate Collings' uncompromising devotion to quality.

This fanatical attention to detail results in instruments that look as beautiful they sound.

Wood Selection

Every Collings acoustic guitar, from their most affordable model to the highest end, are built with the finest tonewoods available. Each wood is acquired, acclimated, and hand-picked by Collings' master luthiers who choose each component with the whole tonality of the end instrument in mind.

Hand-Voiced Top

Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, Collings hand-voices each acoustic guitar top by sanding and carving it to the optimal thickness. This means that the character of the wood is shaped by a human ear and not an arbitrary number on a drum sander.

Tone

While tone is a subjective topic, we feel Collings instruments tend to have a complex, focused voice with excellent clarity and single note definition. 

They're extremely responsive, so you don't need to work very hard to produce great tone. That said, when you dig in you'll find that Collings guitars are some of the loudest, most powerful acoustic instruments around.

Every instrument naturally has its own unique personality depending on body size and tonewoods, but Collings' meticulous voicing and exacting construction techniques ensure that each guitar sounds as good as it possibly can.

Playability

Collings guitars and mandolins play exceptionally well right out of the box thanks to a combination of PLEK machine fret leveling and the skilled work of a Collings setup tech. 

Most players love the factory setup, but we're always happy to set up your new instrument to your exact preferences. The precision engineering of a Collings product means that we can work at tighter tolerances and make your guitar play EXACTLY the way you want.

Finish

One aspect of a Collings instrument that is difficult to capture in photos is the flat, glassy quality of their finish. It really has to be seen to be appreciated!

Collings' standard nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005" and .007" in thickness, maximizing acoustical response while providing excellent protection and aesthetics.

Consistency

With the exception of certain hardware items, Collings makes nearly all components in house. Even simple parts like bridge pins and pickguards are fabricated in the Colling shop.

Collings also takes advantage of the latest technology in CNC and laser cutting to eliminate variance and ensure that each instrument meets Bill's incredibly high standards

This tight control over every facet of production means that Collings instruments are incredibly consistent in terms of build quality, playability, and tone.

Small Production

The big guys are making amazing instruments, but Collings' lower production levels mean that each guitar or mandolin gets a level of personal care and attention that's just not possible on a large production scale.

A few numbers to put things in perspective: Over the last several years, Collings produced around about 1,500 flat top guitars a year, or roughly four a day. The major US-based brands build 400 to 500 guitars a day.

Warranty

Collings instruments have a lifetime warranty to the original owner.

In the 10+ years we've been a Collings dealers we can count the number of warranty issues we've had on one hand, but it's nice to know the protection is there if you need.

View the full Collings warranty.