Much like the acquired taste of bluegrass music, the Collings D2HA Brazilian Guitar is an instrument that only a select few are able to fully appreciate. This bluegrass machine is a versatile dreadnought that can be used for rhythm or lead lines, but its understated design and rare building materials set it apart from other acoustic guitars in both tone and quality.

Keeping Bluegrass Musicians Loud & Proud

Collings guitars are all about good first impressions. In the case of a Collings D2HA Brazilian, that impression is a whole lot of volume. The guitar’s headroom will allow your rich sounding tones to carry without needing electronic support. In addition, its overtones add an edge of complexity to mixed-musician bands that you can’t achieve with a more basic guitar.

Creating Beauty with an Understated Design

Collings guitars are known for a beauty created by their simplicity and perfection. While an amateur guitarist may not be able to tell the difference between this guitar and the average Gibson, the subtlety of the Collings D2HA Brazilian guitar leaves nothing to be desired by way of design. Each piece comes together to create a flawless instrument.

In addition to the general high quality Collings standards, the D2HA Brazilian has a herringbone border that adds a delicacy to the guitar’s overwhelming tone and volume.

Crafting a Boutique Guitar from Rare Woods

Since this guitar is made from the same materials as those used in the 1930s and 40s, you may be surprised to know how rare these guitars are today. Since Brazilian rosewood is much harder to find than it was a century ago, guitar makers began building instruments from different woods, and the timbre of bluegrass music was changed forever. As beautiful as East Indian Rosewood can sound, Brazilian has a character that can’t be duplicated.

However, Collings still makes 5 to 10 Brazilian-bodied guitars a year, all of which go to their top 10 dealers. That makes the Collings D2HA Brazilian guitar the perfect old school guitar for old school music.

Much like the Collings OM1 Varnish, this guitar’s Adirondack top and braces provides responsiveness and warmth unachievable by other woods. This adds a subtle complexity to the overall twanginess of bluegrass instruments.

Both Brazilian rosewood and Adirondack require quite a bit of force to get the best sound, so a heavy-handed player will feel right at home with a Collings D2HA Brazilian.

Full list of this guitars specs include:

  • Adirondack Spruce Top
  • Back & Sides Brazilian rosewood
  • Neck Honduran mahogany
  • Body Binding Ivoroid with herringbone purfling
  • Fingerboard Binding None
  • Peghead Binding None
  • Bridge Ebony belly-style with 2 3/16″ spacing
  • Fingerboard Ebony with abalone long diamond & squares
  • Bridge Pins/End Pin Ebony with MOP dot inlays
  • Nut Bone, 1 3/4″
  • Drop In saddle, Bone
  • Neck Profile Modified V
  • Peghead Profile Tapered square with volute
  • Neck Joint Mortise & tenon hybrid
  • Truss Rod Fully adjustable
  • Frets Medium 18% nickel-silver
  • Peghead Veneer Brazilian rosewood with MOP Collings logo
  • Nickel Waverly Tuners (16:1 ratio)
  • Backstrip 2-style (Zipper)
  • Rosette iv/tort/iv & b/w purflings
  • Scale Length 25 1/2″
  • 2 3/16” String Spacing
  • Brace Material Sitka spruce
  • Brace Pattern Pre-war scalloped X-brace
  • Fingerboard Radius 14″ – 26″ compound
  • Body Finish High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Pickguard Tortoise
  • Case Deluxe Hardshell case by TKL 

My Verdict

The D2HA Brazilian is for a musician who has been around the block enough times to know their guitars and hear the woods’ nuance. Those who are intimidated by the price may be better off choosing a less rare and exclusive instrument. In addition, while this guitar is not a good choice for finger stylists, a flat picker will absolutely fall in love with it.


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