Collings (used, 1998) D1AV Acoustic Guitar

Tag No 32-3930 Used
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#3971, in very good plus condition with original hard shell case.

The 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, they 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.

A review of this model in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, by Scott Nygard says:  “As with Martin’s style-18 guitars, if you are not a wood connoisseur you might think this D1 AV is rather austere, with its simple pearl dot inlays in the fretboard, minimal tortoiseshell-style body binding and pickguard, and squared-off peghead adorned only with the Collings logo. And the relatively simple-looking but high-grade woods—wide-grained Adirondack top; mahogany back, sides, and neck; and ebony fretboard, bridge, and peghead overlay—may only thrill you if you’ve experienced the kinds of tones that have been produced by vintage instruments built with these woods or have developed an aesthetic sense that values simple and clean lines and flawless construction. If so, you’ll likely view the Collings D1 AV with close to holy-grail fervor.”

Again, we refer to Collings own website for a discussion of their various neck shape options:  How do the Vintage and "Vintage Now" neck profiles compare to the standard neck profile?   They say:  “Collings offers three different neck options for their 14-fret guitars that vary in size and shape.  The easiest way to understand the differences between these neck profiles is by looking at the saddle spacing.  With wider saddle spacing, the neck gets larger as you move up towards the body.  Our standard (non-vintage) neck has 2 3/16” spacing at the saddle. This neck has a modified V shape and is available with a 1 11/16”, 1 23/32”, or 1 ¾” nut width.  The neck depth (including the fingerboard) is typically .840” at the 1st fret and .930” at the 9th fret.  The fingerboard width measures 2.195” at the 12th fret.

“The next size up is the profile called "Vintage Now" which has slightly wider spacing at the saddle (2 5/16”) with 1 3/4” at the nut.  This neck is slightly larger than our standard (non-vintage) profile, but is not quite as large as some of the chunkiest vintage Martin necks.  This neck has more of a vintage feel, but is more palatable than our standard Vintage neck (see below) to a lot of players.  The neck shape is slightly rounder (less V) in the lower position and moves towards a modified V shape as you go up the neck.  The neck depth (including the fingerboard) is typically .845” at the 1st fret and .960” at the 9th fret.   The fingerboard width measures 2.195” at the 12th fret.

“The chunkiest neck option is the standard Vintage neck profile, which has 2 3/8” spacing at the saddle with 1 ¾” at the nut.  This neck profile was modeled after several pre-war Martins and is a noticeably larger neck.  Like the “Vintage Now” neck, the neck shape is slightly rounder (less V) in the lower position and moves towards a modified V shape as you go up the neck.  The neck depth (including the fingerboard) is typically .845” at the 1st fret and 1.020” at the 9th fret.  The fingerboard width measures 2.240” at the 12th fret.”   Wow, is that a great explanation, or what?   We have always been wondering what the differences are! 

This mahogany and Adirondack dreadnought guitar shows light normal signs of use and wear.  There are some dings on the back of the neck, particularly  behind frets 2 and 3; the finish when we got it, was showing some wear along the treble edge of the ebony fretboard. There is a possible repaired finish check on the lower portion of the back of the neck. There are chips and nicks around the headstock – even more on the back than on the front - it shows pick wear around the soundhole, finish checks on the body and elsewhere, and, when it arrived, it had two open hairline side cracks on the lower treble side – but our workshop will have glued those minor fissures in a thoroughly professional manner.   It has a silver metal strap button in the heel of the neck held in place by a screw.   On this guitar the finish ahead of the bridge is slightly “pushed up” by the tension of the strings on the bridge.  Collings finishes are very light and so this effect is more likely to be seen.   Lastly, the case is missing the bottom side latch – said latch happens to be in the case pocket.   

Specifications of this Collings D1A - SN 3971   Completed 7/9/1998:

  • Select Adirondack spruce top
  • Mahogany back & sides
  • Black/white wood nitrate strip rosette
  • Tortoise-style top/back body binding
  • Black/white wood purfling with 1-style walnut backstrip
  • Pre-war scalloped bracing
  • Tortoise-style celluloid pickguard
  • High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • Square headstock with no volute
  • 15 degree headstock angle
  • Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
  • Ebony fingerboard with ebony belly-style bridge
  • Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
  • 20 Frets, neck joins the body at the 14th fret
  • Collings "Vintage" neck profile with 2 3/8" string spacing
  • 14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius
  • 1 3/4" bone nut and cut through saddle
  • 25 1/2" Scale length
  • Medium 18% nickel-silver fret wire
  • Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Ebony bridge pins and end pin
  • Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
  • D'Addario EJ-17 (.013"-.056")
  • Collings deluxe hard shell case by TKL



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