Parlor 1 T

Overview

Parlor 1 TThe long and narrow body shape of the new Collings Parlor is inspired by some of the earliest steel string guitar designs that form the roots of the modern acoustic guitar family tree. First popularized in the late 19th century, this diminutive guitar has often been overlooked in favor of its larger and louder descendants, but the parlor body style is once again finding its way into the hands of players who appreciate its exceptional tonal balance and responsiveness, as well as its portability and comfortable feel. Named for what we now call the "living room", this guitar comes from an era when friends would gather at home to make music before an evening's entertainment could be readily broadcast, televised or streamed. While it may at first glance seem to be a relic of the past, today with music often being recorded in the living rooms of home studios, streamed from house concerts, and broadcast from Tiny Desks, perhaps this charismatic and beautiful sounding little guitar has once again found its moment to shine. Crafted with our Traditional series appointments, features, and voicing techniques, the Collings Parlor has a full bodied voice and projection that belies its small size and is the first T-series guitar with an all mahogany option available! Each Collings Parlor guitar includes a handmade case designed and built in the Collings shop.

Traditional Voicing

Each T-series guitar features hand selected tone woods that are voiced to facilitate the warm rounded highs and present low mids that characterize the tonality of our Traditional series.

Appointments

Featuring an amber lacquer toner along with unique wood purflings, rosettes and bridge pins, the Traditional series have classic appointments to match their distinctive tone.

Finish

The T-series nitrocellulose lacquer finish is sanded to an even thinner thickness than our standard instruments, allowing the natural qualities of the wood to shine.

Precision Tuning

The artfully engraved Waverly 3-on-a-plate tuners beautifully complement the historic charm of the Collings Parlor while providing the highest standards of modern functionality and reliability.

Scale Length

A short 24 7/16" scale length creates a warm note attack and lower tension string feel that lends itself well to a variety of playing styles.

Playability

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

Make It Your Own

The T-series Parlor can be ordered with select wood, finish and design options for a sound and aesthetic that is tailored to your individual needs.

Collings Case

Collings handmade cases are built in-house to the same exacting standards of craftsmanship as our instruments. In every way, this is a case that complements and adds to the experience of owning a fine Collings instrument, and will protect it with unparalleled style, ergonomics and grace.

TopSitka spruce
Back & SidesHonduran mahogany
NeckHonduran mahogany
ConstructionAnimal protein glue
Body BindingTortoise with custom wood purflings
Fingerboard BindingNone
Peghead BindingNone
BridgeEbony pyramid-style with 2 5/16" spacing (petite)
FingerboardEbony with MOP short dots
Bridge Pins/End PinTortoise-style
NutBone, 1 ¾"
SaddleBone, drop-in
Neck ProfileModified V
Peghead ProfileTapered slotted square with volute
Neck JointMortise & tenon hybrid
Truss RodFully adjustable
FretsMedium 18% nickel-silver
Peghead VeneerEbony with gold MOP Collings Logo
TunersWaverly Engraved Bronze 3-on-a-plate with Ebony Buttons
Backstrip1-style (Walnut)
RosetteCustom wood rosette
Scale Length24 7/16"
Brace MaterialSitka spruce
Brace PatternCustom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace)
Fingerboard Radius14" - 26" compound
Body FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck FinishHigh gloss extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer
PickguardNone
StringsD'Addario EJ-16 (.012"- .053")
CaseCollings Traditional Handcrafted Case
Neck Profile Diagram

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

Custom Options

  • Sitka Spruce (standard)
  • Torrefied Sitka Spruce
  • Adirondack Spruce
  • Torrefied Adirondack Spruce
  • Honduran Mahogany Top
  • Sunburst Top
  • Varnish Finish
  • Left-handed

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