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Introducing The Collings Traditional T Series



“In the early and mid-70s, I was thinking about how to make guitars that would hold up better than most of the ones that came across my repair bench. I wanted to make guitars that were powerful, had more volume, and would last for a hundred years because they were built right. I made them so that when you put in a little, they would give you more than you put in! They had a fast attack and a sparkle to them. Now, maybe because I’m older or because I’ve been studying old guitars for the Waterloo project, I’m listening differently. I’m hearing things that could be done a little different, something a little warmer and rounder. These new guitars have a more fundamental sound; they take things in a different direction than we’ve gone before.” – Bill Collings

The new Traditional or “T” Series of dreadnought and OM guitars reflect Bill Collings’ return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound. Prompted by the development of the depression-era inspired Waterloo guitars, Bill had an idea for a new series of Collings guitars that would possess a strong fundamental tonal response characteristic of vintage guitars from the 1930s era.

Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all-nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the body, 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. The T Series models also feature a new Traditional neck profile based on our Vintage Now neck, but with a slightly more tapered carve and rolled fingerboard edges. Vintage-inspired appointments include gold mother of pearl inlays with maple/rosewood purflings for 1-style guitars and small brown herringbone purflings for 2H-style guitars. A full list of the Traditional Series specs can be found below.

One of the most exciting elements of the Traditional Series is the inclusion of the new vintage-inspired Collings hardshell cases. Each Traditional Series guitar will come with one of these handmade lightweight cases designed and built in the Collings shop. The vintage-style construction and fit of each of these new cases is perfectly matched to the instrument it contains. 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.


The Traditional T Series construction/voicing package is available for D1, D2H, OM1, and OM2H models with the following specifications:

– Specially selected premium tone woods
– “Traditional” voicing with pre-war style Sitka spruce bracing
– Animal protein glue
– Very thin all-nitrocellulose lacquer body finish w/ aging toner
– Maple/rosewood purfling (1-style) or small brown herringbone (2H-style) w/ custom wood rosette
– Gold mother-of-pearl logo and fingerboard inlays
– Custom vintage neck profile
– 1 3/4″ bone nut w/ 2 5/16″ bridge spacing
– Cutthrough bone saddle
– No tongue brace
– Tortoise (1-style) or Ivoroid w/ black dot (2H-style) bridge pins
– Collings original vintage-inspired case