However… on this one we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time as Collings was prototyping the “baked” Sitka spruce top concept. We’ve had a very good year selling torrefied Adirondack-topped guitars by various builders, and a few by Collings.
This is our first torrefied-Sitka topped guitar.
The tonal difference with torrefied Sitka is not as obvious and immediately noticeable as it is with torrefied Red (Adirondack) spruce, but the effect is the same. The more aggressive the attack, the more evident the effect becomes. The effect is more evident when played with flat pick over finger style. The guitar, when compared with an identical Sitka-topped OM-1 here sounds louder, more open, and not as “new”. This one sounds like a ten-year-old OM1. And the visual effect is quite pleasing: the warm color of the Baked Sitka is seriously smokin’ !
There is simply no arguing the fact that the Orchestra Model is a classic design, and is the perfect guitar for most players. OMs are extremely comfortable to hold and to play, and can’t be beat for string balance and projection. With the clarity of mahogany and the warmth of Sitka, there is very little that this guitar won’t do. Though the preferred size for fingerstyle players, we see more and more singer-songwriters taking the stage with their trusty OMs, and this instrument has no problem holding up to a flatpick. We’ve sold hundreds now!
This OM1 is as “spec” as they come: 1 3/4″ nut width, 2 3/16″ string spacing at the saddle, tortoise binding, simple black/white/black purfling. Open-geared Waverly tuners, ebony fingerboard, bridge, pins and head cap… but this one has a BAKED SITKA SPUCE TOP!!!
Comes with Collings TKL hardshell case.
So… bake you up some Sitka????
List Price: $4,225… AMW Price: $3,800