D1The square-shouldered 14-fret dreadnought is the most popular steel-string acoustic guitar body shape in the world. While Collings is certainly not the only company to build them, we bring a new tonal clarity to the depth and warmth usually associated with such a large, deep-bodied guitar. Although its bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment, Collings versions are also often employed by bluegrass flatpickers who must compete with inherently louder instruments such as banjos and fiddles. The wide range of woods and neck sizes offered allow dreadnought fans to find a Collings model ideally suited to their playing style and tonal preference.
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 with a vintage aesthetic.
Tortoiseshell binding compliments the warm hues of a mahogany back and sides. A black and white wood rosette and mother of pearl dot inlays complete the simple but elegant 1-style appointments.
The pairing of Sikta spruce with a Honduran mahogany back and sides creates a guitar with crisp yet warm articulation and a beautiful tonal balance.
|Back & Sides||Honduran mahogany|
|Body Binding||Tortoise with b/w/b/w top purfling|
|Bridge||Ebony belly-style with 2 3/16" spacing|
|Fingerboard||Ebony with MOP long dots|
|Bridge Pins/End Pin||Ebony with MOP dot|
|Nut||Bone, 1 11/16"|
|Neck Profile||Modified V|
|Peghead Profile||Tapered square|
|Neck Joint||Mortise & tenon hybrid|
|Truss Rod||Fully adjustable|
|Frets||Medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Peghead Veneer||Ebony with MOP Collings logo|
|Tuners||Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)|
|Scale Length||25 1/2"|
|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-17 (.013"- .056")|
|Case||Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case|
Kenny Smith - D1 A V
Kenny Smith plays "Me and My Farmall" on his personal 2003 Collings D1 A V.
Pete Huttlinger - D1 A
Pete Huttlinger plays "Josie" by Steely Dan on a Collings D1 A.
Carl Miner - Collings D1 A
Carl Miner of The Greencards plays an original composition on a Collings D1 A.