The Collings OM is one of the most popular and versatile boutique guitars on the market. Our Collings OM2HG adds a deeper body, Collings original inlays, and a superior finish to round out this already stellar model. Bill Collings legacy of guitar craftsmanship reaches the highest of heights. His stalwart group of esteemed luthiers is based out of Austin, Texas and pumps out the most consistently “perfect” acoustic guitars and electric guitars money can buy. From jumbos and dreadnoughts to parlors and baritones; from the slope shouldered CJ-45t to the semi-hollow Collings I-35 to the solid body cutaway Collings 290 and Collings City limits; Even deluxe mandolins, ukuleles, and banjos with various pickups that interact beautifully with any amps; Collings provides the ultimate peace of mind when playing an instrument; One that works. Even their pre-owned models retain value because of how reliable they are. Some of the finest players on Earth (such as Julian Lage) choose Collings for these reasons.
Bright & Complex: These Tone Woods are First in Their Class
The Collings OM2HG combines an East Indian rosewood back and sides with a German spruce top and Adirondack braces. While Collings recently released guitars with Madagascar rosewood, the East Indian variety is more affordable and keeps the overall price of the acoustic guitar down.
As you’ll notice if you compare the OM2HG to an Collings OM2H, Collings D2H, Collings 002H, Collings D1, Collings 001, or Collings OM1 with an Adirondack or Sitka spruce topped acoustic guitar, the German top has a brighter tone. However, this Collings OM2HG gives that brightness extra depth with Adirondack braces. Adirondack is known for transferring energy better than other tone woods and providing a richer and more complex sound than Sitka, which is standard in other OM models.
Keeping the Conversation Deep with a Bigger Body
This Collings OM2HG has a deeper body that gives more volume and a bigger bottom end. In fact, you can play this guitar much harder than your typical OM without losing the overall balance. This depth makes it perfect for every acoustic genre except for bluegrass, but you still get good definition since it’s not a dreadnought guitar.
Adding Extra Touches to a Popular Model
Unlike many of the OM2s on the market, this model has several aesthetic extras that make the price completely worth it. The body’s herringbone inlay and abalone rosette frame the guitar beautifully. In addition, we’ve replaced the nickel tuners with ebony to match the bridge and neck with a Flourish mother-of-pearl inlay on the headstock to top everything off.
Collings Superior Sunburst Finish
Small sunburst guitars are becoming very popular in contemporary folk music. However, Collings guitars have superior finish work compared to even the most popular brands like Martin and Gibson. Some brands use a cheaper satin finish that rises as the lacquer dries while other brands may have a discoloration over the binding or even show the sunburst completely off center. Collings, on the other hand, sprays their finish and hand-buffs 8 or more coats before they consider the process complete.
However, Collings sunburst finishes look different depending on the top’s tone wood. For instance, compare the sunburst on the Collings OM2HG German top with the OM1 Sunburst’s Adirondack top. German spruce is a whiter wood while Adirondack is more yellow, giving the OM2HG a cleaner looking and brighter sunburst.
This model’s great sustain makes it a perfect recording guitar. The Collings OM2HG is extremely versatile, but not for any lack of character. In fact, it’s harder to single out an ideal player for Collings guitars because the brand doesn’t have the same longevity as Martin or Gibson. Take the lack of precedent as an opportunity to make it your sound’s ideal brand and model.