While some musicians believe that boutique guitars must be flashy, intricate creatures, Collings Guitars demonstrates yet again that you can still have a beautiful, flawless—yet understated—instrument with this OM1 Varnish model.
Collings OM1 is a Popular Standard Among Collectors
Every luxury part of a Collings OM1 model is essential to the sound and functionality of the instrument; nothing exists for purely ornamental purposes. This ensures that you’re paying for great tone and playability rather than gaudiness.
The OM1 model is especially versatile. While the 1 ¾” nut makes it the perfect guitar for finger stylists, these guitars are also a good choice for pick players. Musicians from almost every genre will appreciate the guitar’s warm tone and fair amount of bass. The only exception to the genre-friendly instrument is bluegrass since this model doesn’t have the loud, thumping bottom end bluegrass players prefer. However, you can get a lot of volume from these guitars while still maintaining a well balanced sound.
Eddie's OM1 Varnish is One of a Kind
Like many boutique brands, Collings creates custom guitars for its vendors. For this piece, Eddie’s ordered the standard mahogany body and ebony fingerboard but also requested non-standard bracing and varnish. The resulting Collings OM1 Varnish was a whole lot of guitar.
Scalloped Adirondack Bracing
Adirondack spruce is known in guitar making for sinking its music into a softer tone. However since it is a rare and desirable material, it can quickly drive up the cost of an instrument. That’s why we opted for a bracing-only approach: to keep the cost down while still achieving that sought-after velvety tone.
To keep this guitar flourishing and structurally stable, we chose a guitar with a healthy varnish. While some rough-and-tumble musicians may be oppose this delicate choice, the OM1 Varnish’s thinner, harder finish allows the guitar to breathe and vibrate, making your music come alive.
Collings Guitars has done a remarkable job creating immaculate instruments and this guitar is no exception. While some musicians who prefer a more ornate guitar may consider another brand, the Collings OM1 Varnish’s versatility, warm tone, and understated glory make it a great purchase for any guitar enthusiast.