There’s something to be said for small guitars: With all the frenzy for louder, more powerful guitars, it’s refreshing to sit back and appreciate the sweet intricacies of a well made smaller guitar. The 0 series is the smallest of Collingsacoustic guitars, and the Collings 03G offers the folk enthusiast a tastefully dressed up guitar with a complex sound.

Small Without the Sacrifice

Many people like the idea of a parlor guitar. It’s something you can pull out on a rainy day or when you have company and strum. Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do with a parlor guitar because its size is fairly restricting. By investing in a slightly larger guitar like the Collings 03G, you have a more legitimate, sweet sounding instrument that is perfect for soft strumming or fingerstyle applications.

By investing in a slightly larger guitar like the Collings 03G, you have a more legitimate, sweet sounding instrument that is perfect for soft strumming or finger style applications.

Overwhelming Overtones

“Small” is not synonymous with “weak” when applied to a boutique brand like Collings. By combining a German spruce top with an Indian rosewood body, the Collings 03G produces an overtone-rich, natural reverb rich sound with complexity in every note. It’s the kind of guitar you’d see Joan Baez strumming at on stage. Near electric guitar-level playability makes the barrier between brain and hands as small as possible. The model also has surprisingly good sustain for its size with a warm, articulate, and well balanced tone. You won’t be drowning out any bluegrass flatpickers with jumbos and dreadnoughts; but that’s what dreadnoughts are for!

Simple & Beautiful Aesthetic Upgrades

Collings acoustic guitars always have a flair for the subtly impressive. Master Luthier Bill Collings of Austin, Texas has earned this reputation. The 03G’s traditional size and shape is outlined with grained ivroid binding with black and white purfling. This 1920s style is accompanied by pre-war scalloped Adirondack braces that contribute to the complex tones described above. In addition, Collings has provided little splashes of color mixed with classic tradition with a:

  • German spruce top
  • Indian Rosewood back and sides
  • Body/Neck/Peghead binding: grained ivoroid with b/w/b purfling
  • Multi-color mosaic back strip
  • Select abalone rosette
  • Pre-war scalloped Adirondack bracing
  • Tortoise-style pickguard
  • High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood peghead overlay
  • Torch peghead inlay
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • 42 Style Snaowflake Inlay
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Bone nut and drop-in saddle
  • Ebony bridge pins and end pin
  • Nickel Waverly tuners
  • Nut Width: 1 13/16”
  • Scale Length: 24 7/8”
  • String Spacing: 2 1/4″ at the saddle.
  • Body Width: 13 7/16”
  • Body Length: 18 3/16”
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8”
  • Total Length: 38”
  • Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL
  • Strings D’Addario EJ-16 (.012″- .053″)
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Our Verdict

The Collings guitars 03G is perfect for that introverted songwriter. It’s comfortable to play at home but its tone makes it a great recording guitar. The money you invest in this guitar is well worth it for such high quality and the beautiful appearance.

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