Baby 2H

Overview

Baby 2HOur smallest model is a rarity among fractional size guitars: most listeners never guess that it's not a full-size instrument unless they see it being played. While lacking the deep bass of larger guitars the tone is remarkably balanced, with adequate volume for most applications. The Collings Baby is approximately a 3/4 size version of our OM, 12 1/2 inches wide in the lower bout with a 24 1/8 inch scale, and the headstock and bridge are scaled to match. Sometimes the Baby is used as a travel guitar, but it often sees duty as a songwriter's tool, the guitar that's ready at a moment's notice and can be played while seated in any position. The same wide range of woods and options offered on other Collings models are available on the Baby as well, but rosewood versions with a spruce top are by far the most popular.

Hand Voiced

From the starting point of the wood's density and rigidity, each acoustic guitar top is hand selected, evaluated, and carved to its own unique thickness; maximizing the tonal potential of each top.

Premium Tonewoods

Each Collings acoustic guitar, from our most affordable model to the highest end, are built with the finest tonewoods available. Each wood is acquired, acclimated, and hand selected by master luthiers here at our shop who pick each component with the whole tonality of the end instrument in mind.

Playability

A combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensures consistently excellent playability and a silky fret feel.

Finish

By meticulously hand-sanding between coats, our nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005 and .007 inches in final thickness, maximizing acoustical response while providing excellent protection and aesthetics.

Hardware

Premium Waverly open gear tuners offer exceptional tuning stability and smooth reliable operation.

Appointments

Herringbone purflings with ivoroid body bindings are a distinctive feature of our 2-style acoustics. A herringbone and tortoise rosette complete the traditional aesthetic.

Short Scale Length

The Baby model features a short 24 1/8 inch scale that creates a warm note attack and a lower tension string feel that lends itself well to a variety of playing styles.

Make It Your Own

With a wide variety of custom inlays, nut widths, neck profiles, and tone wood options; a Collings instrument can be configured to perfectly match your playing style and aesthetic preference.

TopSitka spruce
Back & SidesE. Indian rosewood
NeckHonduran mahogany
Body BindingIvoroid with herringbone purfling
Fingerboard BindingNone
Peghead BindingNone
BridgeEbony small belly-style with 2 3/16" spacing
FingerboardEbony with abalone short diamond & squares
Bridge Pins/End PinEbony with MOP dot
NutBone, 1 11/16"
SaddleBone, Drop-in
Neck ProfileModified V
Peghead ProfileTapered square with volute
Neck JointMortise & tenon hybrid
Truss RodFully adjustable
FretsMedium 18% nickel-silver
Peghead VeneerStained Exotic Ebony with MOP Collings Logo
TunersNickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
Backstrip2-style (Zipper)
Rosetteiv/tort/iv & b/w purflings
Scale Length24 1/8"
Brace MaterialSitka spruce
Brace PatternPre-war scalloped X-brace
Fingerboard Radius14" - 26" compound
Body FinishHigh gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
PickguardTortoise
StringsD'Addario EJ-16 (.012"- .053")
CaseDeluxe Hardshell case by TKL
Neck Profile Diagram

*Actual measurments may vary slightly due to hand-sanding and finishing variables.

Body Length17 1/8"
Body Depth3 15/16"
Lower Bout Width12 1/2"
Total Length36 1/2"

Custom Options

  • Honduran Mahogany

    Honduran mahogany is an exceptional tonewood that produces a punchy front-end attack and articulate nuanced tone. Compared to East Indian rosewood, which offers a deep, resonant sound, Honduran mahogany produces a dryer, more fundamental tone with a quick and accurate response.

  • Madagascar Rosewood
  • Wenge
  • Walnut
  • European Maple

    European maple is a beautiful figured wood that offers excellent projection and focus, which made it the tonewood of choice for many luthiers before the days of amplification. It's still a very valid tonewood today, and despite the misconception that maple guitars are overly bright, properly selected maple sets can produce deep, full sound with excellent articulation and clarity.

  • Koa

    With its vibrant amber color and striking figure, Koa is a wonderful tonewood that has been used for stringed instruments for generations. Tonally, Koa finds a pleasing balance between warmth and clarity with a bright front-end attack and warm undertones, making it an ideal choice for fingerstyle and chord melodies.

  • Peghead Binding
  • Fingerboard Binding
  • Tortoise Binding
  • Maple Binding
  • Koa Binding
  • Rosewood Binding
  • Adirondack Braces
  • No Tongue Brace
  • Left-handed

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