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Collings Baby 3 Sitka/Koa Acoustic Guitar #8862 - Used  From Collings

A rare and pre-loved Collings Baby 3 with Koa back & sides, and a Fishman Ellipse VT pickup installed.

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Don't call this Baby little!  This top of the line model from the series is punchy, bright, and endlessly lively.  The guitar has worn in wonderfully, gracing the overall voice of the instrument with a warmth and sweetness it did not yet possess when brand new.  This is the kind of musical companion that keeps you on the couch all day enjoying old favorites and working on new shades of expression.   

 

Condition: Used, Very Good-Great (two top cracks repaired by outside luthier, one side crack repaired by in-house master luthier, Rob Sharer)

Manufacturer's Description from Collings

Our smallest model is a rarity among fractional size guitars: most listeners never guess that it's not a full-size instrument unless they see it being played. While lacking the deep bass of larger guitars the tone is remarkably balanced, with adequate volume for most applications. The Collings Baby is approximately a 3/4 size version of our OM, 12 1/2 inches wide in the lower bout with a 24 1/8 inch scale, and the headstock and bridge are scaled to match. Sometimes the Baby is used as a travel guitar, but it often sees duty as a songwriter's tool, the guitar that's ready at a moment's notice and can be played while seated in any position. The same wide range of woods and options offered on other Collings models are available on the Baby as well, but rosewood versions with a spruce top are by far the most popular.

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Sound Pure is a proud dealer of Collings Acoustics, Electrics, and Mandolins, with a large inventory and new guitars arriving regularly.  Each instrument in stock is professionally photographed, and we have video reviews with studio-quality sound and HD video quality.

Bill Collings has been inspiring generations of guitarists with his fine guitars and mandolins since the 1970s. After dropping out of medical school to pursue his interest in guitar building, he moved to Austin, Texas where he and his company, Collings Guitars, operate to this day.  From his humble beginnings as a one-man operation in a two-bedroom apartment to his current 22,000 square-foot facility and approximately 70 employees, Collings has built a reputation for producing high quality instruments with care and precision. 

Perhaps best known for flat-top acoustic guitars, Collings excels in a variety of classic-inspired designs and modern build concepts. Their D series guitars represent their take on the iconic 14-fret square-shouldered dreadnought and include the highly-favored D1 and D2H models with mahogany and rosewood back and sides respectively. These guitars are extremely well-balanced and have a strong reputation for reliability and consistently becoming stronger as the woods open up over time. The CW models in this series feature Adirondack tops, larger sound holes, and other specs especially coveted by bluegrass flat pickers for their volume and responsiveness. The Collings OM series guitars tend to be lively, balanced, and lyrical. These guitars are hugely popular amongst fingerstyle players for their dynamic sensitivity, size, and playability. One of the most versatile acoustic guitar designs, Collings OMs can also handle heavy strumming and flat picking easily when the player needs to dig in. The CJ is a fantastic slope-shouldered dreadnought, and the SJ is their incredible small jumbo design. Collings also makes astounding parlor-style 0, 00, 000, and Baby guitars, which are perfect for performance or travel and offered with the same variety of options as the larger lines for true customization of tone and appearance. Rounding out Collings’ acoustic lines is the C10, which is modeled after a parlor guitar but with a design concept that makes it a favorite of electric players.

Collings is ahead of the pack in the acoustic guitar game, but it certainly does not end there. Their electric guitars are highly regarded amongst players across the entire spectrum of musical traditions. Designed and built with the same knowledge and attention to detail as the flat-tops, Collings electrics are quickly gaining recognition as contending with the best of the best of electric guitars. Hard rockers and country pickers and everyone in between can find a Collings electric to fit their style, from the Les Paul-inspired shapes of the 290, 360, and CL series to the semi-hollow I-35s and SoCo Deluxe models. Collings also offers A and T-style mandolins, as well as concert and tenor ukuleles. 

 

Every Collings instrument has been built with the same standard of craftsmanship and quality that any discerning musician deserves to experience in the tools they select for their musical journey. At Sound Pure, we believe that the tools you equip yourself with can either enhance or hinder you on your journey, so we make it our job to research and choose what we find to be the very best instruments for our clients. We are confident that any Collings guitar that leaves the shop will meet their standards, as well as ours. If you find that we do not currently have the exact specs you need we are happy to make custom orders for our customers to build their own dream guitar.

 

Specifications

Model: Baby 3

Serial: 8862

Year: 2003

Top: Sitka Spruce

Back & Sides: Koa

Neck: Honduran Mahogany

Body Binding: Ivoroid with b/w/b/w/b Purfling

Fingerboard Binding: .060" Ivoroid

Peghead Binding: .100" Ivoroid

Bridge: Ebony Small 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"

Saddle: Bone, Drop-In

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: Ebony with MOP Collings Logo

Tuners: Gold Wavery (16:1 Ratio)

Backstrip: 3-Style (Chevron)

Rosette: Abalone

Scale Length: 24 1/8"

Brace Material: Sitka Spruce

Brace Pattern: Pre-war Scalloped X-Brace

Fingerboard Radius: 14" - 26" Compound

Body Finish: High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck Finish: High Gloss Polyester Resin

Pickguard: Tortoise

Electronics: Fishman Ellipse VT

Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case by TKL