Collings D1 A
• 1-3/4" Nut • 25-1/2" Scale
Dreadnought Body Size
Since its inception in 1916, the square-shouldered 14-fret dreadnought has become the most popular steel-string acoustic guitar body shape in the world.
While Collings is certainly not the first to build them, they've brought a new tonal clarity to the depth and warmth usually associated with such a large, deep-bodied guitar.
Although its bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment, Collings versions are also often employed by bluegrass flatpickers who must compete with inherently louder instruments such as banjos and fiddles.
|Lower Bout Width||15-5/8"|
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.
Modified V Neck Profile
Designed for versatility and comfort, the Modified V is Collings' standard neck profile and is used on the majority of their guitars.
Most players find the Modified V to be perfect for a wide variety of styles. It's full enough to remain comfortable during long play sessions, but slim enough to be fast and precise when the situation demands it.
The Modified V does have a noticeable "V" shape, but it's relatively soft and subtle.
Compared to the low-profile necks found on most Martin and Taylor guitars, the Modified V has a similar depth but is a bit more angular. Most Martin and Taylor players will feel right at home on a Modified V neck.
The Modified V neck is available in a several nut widths and typically has a string spacing of 2-3/16". A handful of Collings models with wider nut widths (such as the 00/000 and DS) have a 2-5/16" string spacing.
The neck depth (including fingerboard) is typically .860" at the 1st fret and .950" at the 9th fret. This dimension varies by a few thousands of an inch depending on the body size.
This guitar has Adirondack braces instead of the standard Sitka spruce braces found on most Collings guitars. Adirondack is a bit stiffer and harder than Sitka, giving it a subtly quicker and clearer response.
Adirondack bracing also provide a bit of extra "headroom," allowing the guitar to retain clarity and crispness during agressive playing.
When it comes to bracing, we feel the difference between Adirondack and Sitka is minimal. Adirondack braces will flavor the tone slightly, their tonal impact is minor when weighed against body size, tonewoods, and build quality.
|Top Wood||Adirondack Spruce900|
|Back & Sides||Mahogany|
|Neck Profile||Modified V|
|Strings||D'Addario Medium EJ17 (13 - 56)|
|Case||Collings TKL Deluxe Geib-Style Case|
Customizations are highlighted in blue
|Back & Sides||Honduran mahogany|
|Body Binding||Tortoise with b/w/b/w top purfling|
|Bridge||Ebony belly-style with 2-3/16" spacing|
|Fingerboard||Ebony with MOP long dots|
|Bridge Pins/End Pin||Ebony with MOP dot|
|Neck Profile||Modified V|
|Peghead Profile||Tapered square|
|Neck Joint||Mortise & tenon hybrid|
|Truss Rod||Fully adjustable|
|Frets||Medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Peghead Veneer||Ebony with MOP Collings logo|
|Tuners||Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)|
|Brace Material||Adirondack spruce90|
|Brace Pattern||Pre-war scalloped X-brace|
|Fingerboard Radius||14" - 26" compound|
|Body Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Strings||D'Addario EJ17 (.013"- .056")|
|Case||Deluxe TKL Hardshell Case|
|D1 Base Price||$3,915|
|TKL Case Discount||-$270|
* Certain Collings guitars and mandolins built in 2017 will include the new Collings-made Traditional case. Models that shipped with a TKL case (like this guitar) are priced with a $270 discount.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.