Back in 2021 Collings produced the 0002H Custom T, a limited run of 12-fret 000 guitars that were inspired by a custom order from singer-songwriter Joe Henry. It was the first 12-fret 000 Collings has made in the Traditional Series, they only made 24 of them and they sold out instantly. Happily, Collings has built a new batch of 16 and we are fortunate to have one of them. This guitar offers a handful of features not found on other 12-fret 000’s. This guitar features a deeper body, which increases the volume and low-end definition. It has a 24 7/8” scale length and a 1 ¾” nut. The top is Adirondack spruce and that back and sides are Indian rosewood. The dark vintage-style sunburst, slotted peghead, and pyramid bridge give it a pleasing vintage look. This is one of the best sounding Collings guitars we have ever had. Includes a hardshell case.
About the Collings Traditional Series
The secret behind the great tone of the Traditional Series isn’t really much of secret. The trick is that Collings has revived some of the more labor intensive techniques that builders used back in the 1930s and 1940s, the decade we consider the Golden Era of American guitar making.
The Collings Traditional Series of guitars differ from their standard models in a numbers of ways. One of the most important changes include the use of lighter, stiffer wood in the tops and bracing; a thinner all-nitrocellulose lacquer finish with no UV-cure filler or undercoats; no flat brace (sometimes called “tongue brace”) under the end of the fingerboard; and bridges with a through-cut saddle. The neck shapes also have more rounded fingerboard edges and a vintage-inspired profile and taper. While these guitars are not "distressed" or artificially worn to make them appear like an older instrument, both the sound and the feel of these Traditional Series Collings models achieve a more "broken-in" impression for the player, and the listener.