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Collings D2H VN 18318 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  From Collings

Collings most popular acoustic guitar! Upgraded with "vintage now" neck and bridge.  

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What We Think

This D2H VN is absolutely gorgeous! With eye-catching figure on the East Indian Rosewood back and sides and thin, straight grain on the Sitka top this dreadnought had me smiling before I even played the first note. This guitar has all of the flawless appointments and attention to detail we expect from Collings, and then some. The tone is crisp and clear, with plenty of projection and sustain. Collings guitars are wonderfully balanced instruments and this piece is a fine example of this quality--the note seperation is outstanding. The pre-war scalloped bracing provides a full, robust tone with plenty of bass response and headroom. In terms of tone, looks, and feel, this is one of the best Collings dreads we've seen yet!

Collings D2H VN played by John Garris

The D2H by Collings is a beautiful acoustic guitar made with and upgraded Adirondack Spruce top , East Indian Rosewood back and sides and is ideal for bluegrass flat pickers and vocal artists. This Collings dreadnought features a "Vintage Now" neck and bridge and has the ability to compete with louder instruments due to it's bass response. In addition to it's beauty, this acoustic has exceptional tonal clarity that is typically associated with larger, more deep-bodied guitars. Many thanks to John Garris for his playing. Please contact our knowledgable staff here, at SoundPure, with all of your guitar questions! 919.682.5552

Manufacturer's Description from Collings

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 first to build them, we 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.

 

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About Manufacturer

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

  • Select Sitka spruce
  • East Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Grained ivoroid binding
  • Herringbone trim with matching backstrip
  • Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
  • Pre-war scalloped bracing
  • Tortoise-style pickguard
  • High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Honduran Mahogany Neck
  • Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay
  • Mother-of-pearl Collings logo
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • "Vintage Now" neck and bridge (upgrade)
  • Traditional diamond and square fingerboard inlays
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Bone nut and drop-in saddle
  • Ebony bridge pins and end pin
  • Nickel Waverly tuners
  • 1 3/4" Nut Width
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Depth: 4 7/8"
  • Lower Bout Width: 15 5/8"
  • Total Length: 40 1/4"
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"
  • Includes Hardshell Case