If you had a bad skin condition, you wouldn’t go to any ordinary doctor. You’d go to a dermatologist. In the same capacity, if you want to play finger style acoustic music, you choose a guitar that specializes in finger style applications. The Collings OM2HE’s spectacular tone wood combination and unique shape makes it the perfect acoustic guitar for any finger stylist.

Warm & Responsive Tone Woods

The Collings OM2HE has an East Indian rosewood body and Engelmann spruce top. The rosewood provides a warm tone with good overtones, but also brings the price of this boutique guitar down because it is the most standard tone wood that Collings guitars use vs. the dryer sound of Honduran Mahogany Engelmann spruce is not as stiff as sitka spruce top or adirondack spruce, which provides richer mids and a more mature sound. The ebony fingerboard adds an exacting precision to pick attack, and the mahogany neck rounds that precision out so that it isn’t too harsh.

Not Like Other OMs

This guitar features a Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette, Grained ivoroid top/back body binding, Herringbone purfling with matching 2-style backstrip, Adirondack scalloped bracing vs. X-bracing, Tortoise-style celluloid pickguard, High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, Square headstock with volute,Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo, ebony belly-style bridge, 25 1/2″ Scale length, 14″-26″ Compound fingerboard radius, Modified V neck profile with 2 3/16″ string spacing, Mother of pearl diamond and square fingerboard inlays, Fully adjustable truss rod, Ebony bridge pins and end pin, Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio, and a 1 3/4” nut width. It’s strung with D’Addario EJ-16 (.012″-.053″) and comes with a Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL.

However, what makes this guitar’s specs stand out from a Collings OM2H or a Collings OM2H-T traditional series is the Engelmann spruce top. Engelmann spruce has less headroom overall compared to other spruces, making it the most responsive to a light touch. Unlike other OM guitars, which can normally be adapted to any genre or style, the Collings OM2HE is more distinct and specialized. For instance, you don’t see Engelmann on rip roaring guitars used for bluegrass flatpickers in an ensemble with banjos and mandolins.

While the Collings OM2HE can be played with a pick, it is primarily a finger style guitar. This model has nuance that you don’t find in other acoustic guitars. Lastly, this guitar has a bit of sparkle to the top end of the scale that will keep listeners intrigued.

Let It Be Light

Collings put a lot of effort into making this mid-sized guitar as light as possible. The orchestra model from Collings is the choice of accomplished and innovative players like Julian Lage. Its pyramid bridge is physically lighter than a belly bridge and the cutaway frame shaves off some extra weight.

We at Eddie’s Guitars don’t typically have a lot of cutaways from other brands. Their sound is often diminished compared to non-cutaway guitars. However, Collings’s cutaway guitars don’t lack anything to our ears.

In fact, the Collings OM2HE has better sustain than basically any other OM we have in stock. When you hit a note, it almost gains momentum as it goes (that doesn’t happen very often, even with guitars four times as expensive).

Our Verdict

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the Collings OM2HE is for any musician who wants to specialize in finger style music. Its clean aesthetic highlights the cutaway form more than gaudy details, and the price is decent for a Collings guitar.

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