OM3 'OM' stands for "Orchestra Model," but 80 years after this body shape was first designed it has become the most popular 14-fret model with fingerstyle guitar soloists who choose to play on steel strings. Yet flatpickers also find it appealing, and when the graceful cutaway is added these OMs are often used by lead players who routinely explore all 20 frets much as they would on an electric guitar. The compact shape makes the Collings OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the relatively shallow body (barely over 4 inches deep) results in balanced tone and an immediate response.
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.
Sitka spruce paired with an Indian rosewood back and sides is a perennially popular combination with rich overtones and a powerful bass response.
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.
|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 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||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|
|Strings||D'Addario EJ-16 (.012"- .053")|
|Case||Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case|