Baby 3Our 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.
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.
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.
A combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensures consistently excellent playability and a silky fret feel.
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.
Premium Waverly open gear tuners offer exceptional tuning stability and smooth reliable operation.
A fully bound neck and peghead, as well as an abalone rosette and gold hardware make 3-style acoustics our most fully appointed base model.
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.
|Back & Sides||E. Indian rosewood|
|Body Binding||Ivoroid with b/w/b/w/b purfling|
|Fingerboard Binding||.060" ivoroid|
|Peghead Binding||.100" ivoroid with b/w purfling|
|Bridge||Ebony small belly-style with 2 3/16" spacing|
|Fingerboard||Ebony with no inlay|
|Bridge Pins/End Pin||Ebony with abalone dot|
|Nut||Bone, 1 11/16"|
|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||Stained Exotic Ebony with MOP Collings logo|
|Tuners||Gold Waverly (16:1 ratio)|
|Scale Length||24 1/8"|
|Brace Material||Sitka spruce|
|Brace Pattern||Pre-war scalloped X-brace|
|Fingerboard Radius||14" - 26" compound|
|Body Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Neck Finish||High gloss polyester resin|
|Strings||D'Addario EJ-16 (.012"- .053")|
|Case||Deluxe Hardshell case by TKL|