The history of the Single 0 or “Parlor” size guitar is a fascinating one. Dating back to the late 1800’s, this style of guitar was one of the most sophisticated guitars of it’s time, and incredible innovative. It was created during a period when guitars weren’t known to be anything special, and most builders didn’t have any desire to change that. But nonetheless, the single 0 was born.
Today, this style and size of guitar is back in high demand for a multitude of reasons. It’s easy to travel with, it’s easy to play, and it presents a sort of laid-back feel; like the pressures of “performing” are gone. Some of the most famous names in the industry, including Bob Dylan and John Mayer, gained popularity while playing Parlor guitars.
As always, Collings has gone above and beyond and creating something truly special. Taking a guitar whose body size is usually associated with being a travel guitar, and crafting it in such a way that it can compete with its brothers of double the size. Sure, this 0 can be used as a travel guitar or a small OM, and it performs both of those tasks extremely well. However, where Collings takes it a step further is in the fact that this guitar is also extremely balanced. Every string resonates equally as strong, and each frequency fits perfectly in the spectrum. The sound projected from the body is much louder than one would expect from a guitar of this size. It is extremely dynamic, and responds to pick attack just as you have always wanted. It projects eloquently, due to having such a focused response range. The baked Sitka top on this adds even more, creating a look and sound of a guitar from a different time period and making it incredibly durable. Not to mention, the neck is classically comfortable, and the set up is nothing short of perfect. From the tonewoods and the bracing, to the tuners and even the case, every detail has been considered. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Our acclaimed Traditional or “T-Series” guitars offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound with a tonality evocative of the best 1920's and 1930's era instruments. 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 carefully selected and 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. To complete the package, all T-Series models include our original vintage-inspired Collings case that we've designed and build by hand in-house for an unrivaled level of quality, fit and aesthetic that enhances the experience of owning a fine instrument.