Collings D1 A T

Collings D1 A T

Adirondack Spruce & Mahogany
Traditional Series • 1-3/4" Nut • 25-1/2" Scale

Regular price $5,535 + Free Shipping Sale #26785

The Traditional Series

The Traditional or "T" Series guitars reflect Bill Collings' return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound.

Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all nitrocellulose lacquer finish, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive.

Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to create a voicing characterized by warm, rounded highs and a present low midrange, while retaining a quick attack and strong projection.

Each Traditional series guitar will come with a handmade lightweight Collings case designed and built in the Collings shop. The pairing of these new Traditional guitars and cases makes for a combination of old world quality and aesthetic that is unprecedented among instruments available today.

Voicing

Each T-Series guitar features hand selected tone woods that are voiced to facilitate the warm rounded highs and present low mids that characterize the tonality of Collings' Traditional series.

Construction

T-Series guitars are constructed of all solid woods that are acquired, acclimated, and hand selected by master luthiers in the Collings shop and joined using animal protein glue.

Finish

The T-Series Nitrocellulose lacquer finish is sanded to an even thinner thickness than Collings' standard instruments, allowing the natural qualities of the wood to shine.

Appointments

Featuring an amber lacquer toner with unique wood purflings, rosettes and bridge pins, the Traditional series have classic appointments to match their distinctive tone.

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.

Body Length 20"
Body Depth 4-7/8"
Lower Bout Width 15-5/8"
Total Length 40-1/4”

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. 

Traditional Neck Profile

Collings Traditional neck profile

The Traditional neck profile is based on Collings' Vintage profile, which is their fullest design. While similar to the Vintage profile, the Traditional neck is slightly smaller overall and has gently rounded fingerboard edges to give it a slightly more played-in feel.

It's a bit fuller than what many people are used to, but it's not overly bulky or "clubby." We feel the Traditional neck is an elegant take on a classic design, and while it's larger than a modern Martin or Taylor neck most players find it just as comfortable.

All Traditional necks have a 1-3/4" nut. The string spacing at the bridge is 2-5/16", which is 1/8" wider than the standard Modified V. The neck depth (including fingerboard) is typically .815" at the 1st fret and .995" at the 9th fret.

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 SizeDreadnought
Top WoodAdirondack Spruce900
Back & SidesMahogany
FingerboardEbony
Nut Width1-3/4"
Scale Length25-1/2"
String Spacing2-5/16"
Neck ProfileTraditional
StringsD'Addario Medium EJ17 (13 - 56)
CaseCollings Traditional Handcrafted Case

Customizations are highlighted in blue

Top Adirondack spruce 900
Back & Sides Honduran mahogany
Construction Animal protein glue
Neck Honduran mahogany
Body Binding Tortoise with custom wood purflings
Fingerboard Binding None
Peghead Binding None
Bridge Ebony belly-style with 2-5/16" spacing
Fingerboard Ebony with MOP long dots
Bridge Pins/End Pin Tortoise-style
Nut Bone, 1-3/4"
Saddle Bone, Cutthrough
Neck Profile Traditional
Peghead Profile Tapered square
Neck Joint Mortise & tenon hybrid
Truss Rod Fully adjustable
Frets Medium 18% nickel-silver
Peghead Veneer Ebony with gold MOP Collings Logo
Tuners Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
Backstrip 1-style (Walnut)
Rosette Custom wood rosette
Scale Length 25-1/2"
Brace Material Sitka spruce
Brace Pattern Custom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace)
Fingerboard Radius 14" - 26" compound
Body Finish High gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
Pickguard Tortoise
Strings D'Addario EJ17 (.013"- .056")
Case Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case
D1 T Base Price $4635
Adirondack Top $900
Total $5,535

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.