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Featured Guitar: Breedlove Oregon Concert Emerald E LTD

Breedlove Oregon Concert Emerald E LTDAcoustic Vibes Music always carries a stock of the newest guitars from Breedlove guitars. We currently have many to choose from at great prices. The Breedlove Oregon Concert Emerald E LTD is definitely one worth noting. Available in a beautiful emerald burst gloss finish, this concert guitar will soon become your favorite from the first time you play it.

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Much like other myrtlewood bodied concert guitars, the Breedlove Oregon Concert Emerald E LTD brings that incredible acoustic tone with added bonuses. Its LR Baggs Anthem electronics and upgraded aesthetics make it hard to pass up. The emerald burst gloss finish really accentuates the myrtlewood grain and Breedlove equipped this acoustic concert guitar with satin gold hardware, Eastern hard rock maple neck, and an African ebony rosewood fretboard to really stand out from the crowd. This guitar in this particular finish is limited edition, so get yours now while we still have them available!

This is just one of the many incredible Breedlove guitars we carry in our stock. Along with the Breedlove Oregon Concert Emerald E LTD, Acoustic Vibes Music has many other Breedlove models in stock such as the Breedlove Masterclass Parlor Brazilian Exclusive, Breedlove Oregon Concert 12 String in all myrtlewood and many more. Place an order on the Breedlove Oregon Concert Emerald E LTD or another Breedlove guitar online or over the phone at (480) 656-7749.

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Featured Guitar: Bourgeois Fully Torrefied Aged Tone™ D

Bourgeois Fully Torrefied Aged Tone™ DIn our always growing stock of acoustic guitars, Acoustic Vibes Music carries a great selection of Bourgeois guitars newest and best models to date. One in particular, the Bourgeois Fully Torrefied Aged Tone™ D comes from Bourgeois guitars’ line of Aged Tone™ series guitars that have quickly become a favorite amongst acoustic guitar players.

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For those unfamiliar with torrefied wood, it is a process used to make new wood act and sound like old wood. This is great for obtaining vintage guitar tones within new guitars. The vintage appearance and sound that is achieved with the torrefaction process, along with hide glue construction, and Bourgeois’ Aged Tone™ finish was not previously done before in the industry. With this fully torrefied model, Bourgeois has taken the torrefaction process further including all wood on the guitar and not just the top wood. After all, it is the full construction of the guitar that gives it its sound. The result of Bourgeois’ hard work is a guitar that is as close as you can get to vintage sound and appearance without actually being a vintage guitar. The increased sustain and responsiveness in this Dreadnought guitar will have acoustic guitar players worldwide falling in love with the Bourgeois Fully Torrefied Aged Tone™ D.

Available now from Acoustic Vibes Music, the Bourgeois Fully Torrefied Aged Tone™ D costs just $6,745.00 which is a bargain for the high-quality craftsmanship put into this guitar. We only have one of these beauties available, so place an order today.

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Featured Guitar: Bedell Angelica Collection “Grandezza” 12 Fret Dreadnought

Grandezza 12 Fret Dreadnought GuitarWe are always expanding our collection of acoustic guitars, so you can expand yours! We proudly carry many acoustic guitars from Bedell guitars. Bedell’s handcrafted guitars from Bend, Oregon look incredible and sound even better. One model in particular is currently featured on our website at a lower price. From the Bedell Angelica Collection, the “Grandezza” 12 Fret Dreadnought is an unbelievable guitar that any guitar player would be fortunate enough to add to his or her collection.

Bedell Angelica Collection “Grandezza” 12 Fret Dreadnought

There are three models in the Bedell Angelica Collection, and each of them are crafted with 12 frets to the body. Its body style allows for an incredibly strong presentation to compliment the warmth of the soundboards made from red cedar. Another contributing factor to this guitar’s warmth and strong presentation is the hand carved frequency tuning of the top and back of the instrument. The top is made out of a salvaged red cedar with East Indian rosewood back and sides, and a Honduran mahogany neck. The sound and feel of this instrument is perfect for finger style performances and will make a perfect addition to your collection.

If you have questions about the “Grandezza” 12 Fret Dreadnought or other Bedell guitars, feel free to contact Acoustic Vibes Music online or over the phone at 480-656-7749.

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Featured Guitar: Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 VTS

Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 VTSAcoustic Vibes Music currently has an incredible selection of Martin acoustic guitars. New and used acoustic guitars at different price points make it possible for everyone to find something they can bring home today. We are currently offering sale prices on many of our acoustic guitars online and in store at our Tempe, Arizona location. Our currently featured Martin guitar is the Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 VTS.

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The Martin 00-18 is a 00-12 fret guitar that is perfect for a wide range of guitar players and musical styles. The body features an Adirondack spruce top with a vintage tone system, mahogany sides and back, black ebony bridge and fingerboard, hide glue construction and a dovetail neck joint. This guitar looks great and plays even better. It would make a great addition to any guitar player’s collection. The list price on this guitar is $7,499.00, but Acoustic Vibes Music currently has a sale price of $5,959.00.

The Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931 VTS is just one of many unbelievable Martin guitars we have in stock. We have many great options to choose from currently, including new and used models. Browse our website or call us at 480-656-7749 for more information on this guitar and other Martin acoustic guitars today.

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Save $1000 Instantly on the New Bedell Revolution Series!

Be the first to experience the Bedell Revolution! We want you to have the opportunity to experience this breakthrough in profound bass response. For a limited time, when you purchase the Bedell Revolution you’ll receive an instant savings of $1,000.

Use coupon Code Bedell1000 at Checkout

So head on over to your Bedell dealer today and experience the Revolution yourself. Vaild February 1, 2017 through June 30th, 2017 in the USA only. We will be offering a $1,000 instant rebate off the standard $3,990 retail price. While guitars are limited in supply to our dealers, orders placed prior to June 30th, 2017 but delivered past that date will still qualify for the rebate. –

See more at: http://bedellguitars.com/blog/experience-the-acoustic-revolution-get-100-off-the-a-revolution-series-guit#sthash.YRsivoQW.dpuf

 

Click Here to see our Inventory of Bedell Revolution Series Guitars!!

 

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McPhersons are Here!

Acoustic Vibes Music is Proud to announce we are now a McPherson Guitars Dealer! Come in and check out our great selection.

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Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours:

Saturday Dec 24th-Monday 26th Closed in Observance of Christmas. We will reopen Tuesday December 27th

Closed Sunday January 1st and Monday January 2nd in Observance of New Years

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Jeff, Bernie, Kathryn and Nick!

 

 

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Huss and Dalton Clearance!

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Come be part of the Martin Experience here at Acoustic Vibes Music this December!

Come see us and our friends at Martin for an evening of fun, music and mouth-watering guitars!

Martin Rep and Factory Expert, Brenden, will guide you through 183 years of rich music tradition, steeped in Martin culture and craftsmanship. Take part in a lively Q&A session & play new models and unique exclusive Custom Shop guitars that will be available for purchase. Come find out why Martin makes some of the finest guitars and strings in the world!

During this event only, we will also have a Buy One Get One Free string special on Martin Lifespan Strings! Buy any set of Martin string and get a FREE set of Martin SP Lifespans, a $15 value!

Our favorite set of Martin strings are the Lifespan SP Phosphor Bronze Lights MSP7100 .012-.054. We put them on literally every guitar because they produce such a rich and vibrant sound. Rich tone should last as long as the inspiration does, don’t you think? Well, Martin SP Lifespan strings are the next level in studio performance.

Lifespans are treated with ClearTone Proprietary Technology to bring you the longest possible longevity with out sacrificing tone or natural feel. Treated for long life, they repel dirt, grit and other environmental elements that can quickly deaden and alter the sound of your strings and make them sound…well, let’s be real — like rubbish.  The treatment is so incredibly thin, you won’t even know it’s there. SP Lifespans are designed to last longer and sound better so you can play on. WIN!

SP Lifespans are used by:  Sturgill Simpson, Cody Simpson, Craig Ross (the lead guitarist for Lenny Kravitz) and many more musicians

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Inside Summer NAMM 2016: Taylor Announces Redesigned 700 and New 800 Deluxe Series

Taylor Guitars announces the redesigned 700 Series, the addition of new rosewood models to the 400 Series, as well as a new “Deluxe” class of 800 Series guitars.

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The Redesigned 700 Series

Taylor’s design team has been hard at work redesigning the company’s rosewood/spruce 700 Series, one of the few remaining guitar classes in the Taylor acoustic line that hasn’t undergone a makeover in the past couple of years. The redesigned 700 Series features several tonal enhancements including Lutz spruce tops (provides a higher volume ceiling), Performance bracing and protein glue.

With the new 700 Series, players can expect all of rosewood’s musical richness, anchored by a strong fundamental focus that gives back whatever the player puts into the guitar and making these instruments great for the stage.

Aesthetically, the new 700 Series guitars are both rootsy and refined with wood-rich details and other touches that artfully showcase Taylor’s high-end craftsmanship.

The new 700’s feature:

  • Optional Western Sunburst Top—The new color gradient features toasted honey-brown hues to complement rosewood’s variegation and the wood binding, top trim and pickguard
  • Douglas Fir Herringbone Rosette—Three-ring design incorporates mirrored, bias-cut Douglas fir strips in a herringbone-style motif, integrated with maple/black trim
  • Koa Binding—Light, non-figured Hawaiian koa binding includes a back strip
  • Half-Herringbone Top Edge Trim—Bias-cut end-grain Douglas fir with maple/black accents
  • Green Abalone “Reflections” Fretboard Inlay—Inspired by traditional shapes that were recomposed in a fresh way. Each element is a mirrored reflection of its opposing piece, creating a progressive symmetry
  • Weathered Brown Pickguard—Mottled brown hues and a matte finish suggest the textured patina of worn leather
  • Featured 700 Series models include the 710e, 712e 12-Fret, 714ce

Rosewood Models Join the 400 Series

In response to the popularity of rosewood on other guitar models, the 400 Series will now feature rosewood editions with an “R” in the model name (i.e. 414ce-R). The new rosewood models include the same mix and appointments as ovangkol counterparts, also paired with a Sitka spruce top. One spec change for both Dreadnought models: The standard nut width is 1-11/16 inches (1-3/4 inch nut width is available as an option). Featured models include the 410e-R, 414ce-R and the 416ce-R.

800 Deluxe Series

Taylor also announced a new “Deluxe” class of 800 Series guitars that boast three additional ultra-premium features: a new radius armrest, Adirondack spruce bracing, and Gotoh chrome tuners. The maple radius armrest incorporates a beautifully contoured rosewood insert, has rosewood top edge trim, and is narrower and more rounded than the beveled armrest featured on the 900/Presentation Series. Otherwise, the 800 Deluxe models sport all of the same tone-enhancing and other aesthetic features of the standard 800 Series, which was redesigned in 2014.

Featured 800 Deluxe Series models include the 810e DLX, 812e 12-fret DLX, 814ce DLX

Special Edition Quilted Maple 214ce-QM Deluxe

Gorgeous quilted maple is the star of this new guitar. Layered-wood back/side construction features outer and inner veneers of quilted maple, a central core of poplar, and a solid Sitka spruce top. The Hard Rock maple neck adds a matching blonde color tone to the natural-finish maple/spruce body. This new edition comes as a Venetian cutaway with ES2 electronics and a Taylor hardshell case.

(Info received from www.guitarworld.com)

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Inside NAMM Summer 2016: Martin Announces VT Enhance Updates

The Summer NAMM Show is in full swing! Martin has announced news about its Standard, 15 & 17 series. The 17 series has been updated with Fishman Matrix VT Enhance electronics and new models have been introduced to both the 15 & Standard series – the GPC-15ME to the 15 series & the 00-18 for the Standard series.

First introduced at the 2016 Winter NAMM Trade Show, Martin Guitar enhances its popular new 17 Series with Matrix VT Enhance acoustic amplification by Fishman. These updated models include 00L-17E Black Smoke, 000-17E Whiskey Sunset and 00-17E Black Smoke. (www.martinguitar.com/VTEnhance)

Martin expands and innovates its world-renowned product line, updating the iconic Standard Series by introducing a new 00-18 and expanding its 15 Series to include the new GPC-15ME.

Full details on the new Martin Guitar models that will be displayed at 2016 Summer NAMM are below and at www.martinguitar.com/new .

Standard Series:

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00-18 – The 00-18 is an updated version of the popular 00-18V. A scallop-braced Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides are the foundation for this classic grand concert model. The combination of the short expressive 24.9” scale with a modified low oval neck shape and the more parallel high performance taper allows for fast action and playability. An East Indian rosewood head plate with ebony fingerboard and bridge round out the updates 00-18 to this classic model.

15 Series:

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GPC-15ME  A solid wood, Grand Performance cutaway model with understated beauty, the GPC-15ME is crafted with mahogany for the scallop-braced top, back and sides. A modified low oval high performance neck allows fast and easy play up and down the East Indian rosewood fingerboard. Fishman Matrix VT Enhance electronics make this the perfect stage guitar.

17 Series:

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00L-17E Black Smoke: A solid Sitka spruce top and Mahogany back and sides are the foundation for this sloped shoulder Grand Concert model. The cream colored ivoroid binding and pickguard are a stark contrast against the satin black smoke finish.  A modern straight line Guatemalan rosewood bridge and a modified low oval neck with high performance taper complete the 00L-17E Black Smoke. Also available in Whiskey Sunset burst finish.

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000-17E Whiskey Sunset: The 000-17E Whiskey Sunset Auditorium model boasts a rich, warm sunburst finish that will impress any player with its aesthetic beauty. It is crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides for a comforting, warm tone. The Guatemalan rosewood fingerboard and bridge pop against the rich sunburst finish. The comfortable body size and modified low oval neck with a high performance taper make this guitar easy to play. Also available in a Black Smoke finish.

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00-17E Black Smoke: A Grand Concert addition to the 17 Series, this model features a beautiful satin black smoke finish with contrasting grained ivoroid binding. Despite its small size, this guitar projects and resonates with bold beauty. The model is constructed with a Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a Guatemalan rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Also available in a Whiskey Sunset burst finish.

(Info received from www.guitar-bass.net)

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Sneak Peek: Bourgeois OM Large Soundhole Deep Body 7407

We are so excited to be getting this amazing guitar from Bourgeois that is on Display at the Summer NAMM show next week in Nashville! Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ll be getting. She’s a beaut!

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And here’s a few pictures to whet your whistle:

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Stay tuned for the official listing on our website when we get it here in the shop!

 

 

 

 

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How To Choose A Guitar Style And Size That’s Right For You

There are a lot of different options to consider when purchasing a new acoustic guitar. One important choice you’ll have to make is what size and shape you’ll want your new instrument to be. Body size/shape, scale length, nut width, even bout and waist size are all things to decide upon. The good news is, that there is no right answer to what size your guitar should be. It’s all about personal preference, comfortability, and what kind of tone/sound you’d like your guitar to have. We’ll go over some of the most common guitar sizes and if they’d be a good fit for your unique needs.

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Here’s a few questions to ask yourself before purchasing a new guitar:

Do you see yourself traveling frequently with your guitar?

Are you buying for a child or teen, or are you a smaller-framed person?

Are you a larger-framed person searching for a more suitable sized guitar?

Do you want your guitar to have the right sound for the type of music you’re playing?

Do you want more bass, more treble, or more balance from your acoustic guitar sound?

How much does tone quality, recording quality, or playing for large groups matter for your guitar playing?

The C.F. Martin Company has been the standard for body styles and sizes, and many companies have followed their model as a solid foundation, sometimes altering their designs to create custom sizes and styles. The following describes some of the common acoustic guitar body sizes and styles, and shares a little bit about the sound and tone profiles. These profiles do not follow Martins standards exactly, but are good examples of the most commonly used acoustic guitar body sizes, many having been influenced by the Martin Guitar Company.

SMALLER GUITARS: Typically 12 fret body joint and short scale up to 24.9”

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Size (0) – Buy a (0) guitar if:

You want a small guitar to travel with and you are not concerned too concerned with recording quality or sound projection. You do not need a “bassy” sounding guitar or you want to buy a scaled down version for a kid or small-framed beginner. You mostly play finger style without a pick.

Size (00) – Buy a (00) if:

You want a small guitar to travel with that performs and records well with a small sound. You are not concerned with strong sound projection, but still want quality playability. You do not need a “bassy” sounding guitar and you want a more standard fret scale. You want a smaller body for a smaller person. You mostly play finger style without a pick.

Size (000) – Buy a (000) if:

You want quality and balance to write, record, or perform, and you need a little more projection. You prefer a size and feel smaller and less deep than a dreadnought. You need more mid range and a little more bass than a smaller-bodied guitar can provide. You want a mid-sized guitar with a more standard look and feel.

LARGER GUITARS: Usually joined at the 14th fret and have a longer scale length at 25.4”

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Orchestra Model (OM) – Buy an orchestra if:

You need a guitar with more projection and wider range than smaller sizes, yet a more delicate size and feel than a larger style guitar. You need more projection than a 000 or smaller. You’d like more mid-range and a little more bass. You want a more standard fret scale but want a smaller body for comfortability. You want a mid-sized guitar with a more standard look and feel with a thinner depth.

Dreadnought (D) – Buy a dreadnought if:

You want the most standard and popular acoustic guitar size, with more projection, bass and wider range than smaller sizes. You want the most balanced guitar in all 3 ranges: bass, mid, and treble, along with the most standard fret scale and iconic tone. You want the most universally available guitar in the world with the most choices for price range and manufactures. Also popular with singer/songwriters for volume and bass response.

Jumbo (J) – Buy a jumbo if:

You want a booming, bassy acoustic guitar without playing a bass. You prefer profound projection of sound, with a large-sized guitar with a distinction between the bass and treble notes. You’re a larger-framed person who needs more guitar, or part of a group that needs a balance of sounds, including deep bass. You want more bass distinction than a dreadnought in your playing.

Body size can also be voiced by using different types of wood and bracing, so these are some general sizes and responses of the various body types.

If you have a general idea of your personal preferences and how you’d like your guitar to perform for you, it’s now time to test out some guitars. Try out a few different sizes and shapes and find one that not only will suit your needs but also is comfortable to play and feels good in your hands. You’ll know when you’ve found the right one!

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The Wee Lowden Fanned Fret vs. Standard

Currently in the shop, we have two gorgeous Redwood/Rosewood Wee Lowden guitars. One has a fanned-fret while the other has a standard fret. So what is a fanned-fret and what is the tonal difference between these two guitars?

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Fanned-fret guitars are characterized by a multi-scale fingerboard and “offset” frets that extend from the neck of the guitar at an angle (much like the strings on a grand piano.) This is different from the standard horizontal arrangement on other guitars. Players of this style of guitar claim to have more comfort, better ergonomics, better intonation, and better control of the tension of the strings across the fretboard.

The idea of fanned frets is, in essence, to combine the baritone or bass guitar with the regular guitar in one instrument. Fanned-frets strengthen the tone of the lower strings by giving them a longer speaking string length. They also help the high string to be tuned higher than is possible on a conventional guitar. By giving it a shorter vibrating length, it enables a higher-tuned string that won’t break under the tension.

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So how does the sound compare?

“When I first began to design our multiple scale (fan fret) guitars, logically I thought it would increase the depth of bass response – similar to the way a grand piano does due partly to the longer string length. Some folk had mentioned to me that the tuning would be more accurate. I had trouble seeing how that could be and when the time came to test it out ….. the tuning accuracy was similar to a normal single scale guitar but the bass response was indeed deeper. Then of course logically I began to think a Wee Lowden with the smaller soundbox (already voiced for extra bass) would be even better as a fan fret and the bass would be even deeper than our single scale Wee Lowden. It has turned out to be true – not a day and night difference – more subtle but definitely there!” – George Lowden, Luthier

See both Wee Lowdens on our website here!

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Introducing The Collings Traditional T Series

NEW FOR 2016, COLLINGS GUITARS IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE TRADITIONAL T SERIES DREADNOUGHT AND OM MODELS!

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“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.

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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

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