This stunning D1 is a perfect example of why Collings has become a driving force in the world of acoustic guitars. With an understated, D-18 inspired aesthetic, it looks as warm and familiar as it sounds. Once you get behind it, however, you’ll discover that every modern comfort and innovation since the dawn of the flat-top has been considered and accounted for.
It‘s smooth, modified-V neck profile, 1 11/16th nut, and compound fingerboard radius make everything from fingerstyle to barre chords a breeze. The earthy mahogany blends beautifully with the radiant Sitka, issuing chords that sound simultaneously expansive and intimate. It’s a strummer’s dream. It’s like being handed a guitar right out of the latest reissue of an old country record.
The square-shouldered 14-fret dreadnought is the most popular steel-string acoustic guitar body shape in the world. While Collings is certainly not the only company to build them, we bring 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. The wide range of woods and neck sizes offered allow dreadnought fans to find a Collings model ideally suited to their playing style and tonal preference.