(USED) How low shall we go? Collings has always had a knack for surprising us at NAMM shows, and a few years back they surprised us with a baritone acoustic, built on their DS platform. It makes a lot of sense, having such a large vibrating area on the top, the Baritone is able to resonate effectively and convert all of that string energy into sweet (and low) sounds.
For the uninitiated, a Baritone guitar is tuned to the same intervals as a standard guitar, only a few steps lower. On this guitar, the lowest string is a B. The 5th string then becomes the E string, and onward in standard tuning. Of course, this means heavier strings and longer scale length, and both land partway between and acoustic guitar and an acoustic bass guitar. Thanks to Collings obsession with playability, though, the learning curve for playing the Baritone is pretty minimal. In most ways, it feels like playing your favorite dreadnought. The sound, though, is noticeably more thick and rich.
This guitar has a Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. It's a great combination for the model, offering a focused tone that doesn't get tubby or fuzzy, important when mining the sonic depths. The nut width is 1 3/4" and the string spacing at the saddle 2 1/4". The scale length is 27 1/2". Many of the normal 1-style appointments, with the addition of rope top purfling.
Condition is VG++ with a few cosmetic blemishes (a couple small scratches on the peghead, some light pick marks on and around the pick guard) but is structurally perfect with no fret wear. The saddle is nice and tall. Includes original hard case. There is a K&K pickup installed, as well as a strap button in the proper location.
Serial #28860 (2018)
AMW Price: $3,450 (Online checkout)
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