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Used Acoustic Guitars


Collings: OM3E

(Item ID: OM3E    Serial#: 6663)

Collings Guitars OM3E 2001 Collings OM3 Custom with Original Case


General Description:

These days, Collings guitars need little introduction, having firmly established themselves as some of the finest guitars ever made. Yet, when this beautiful customized OM3 was completed back in August of 2001, most folks were still unfamiliar with the brand. This stands to reason, as this guitar is number 6663 and Collings had already been in business for approximately twenty years when it was made! Even with fairly steady growth over the ensuing years, Collings has a current flat top production of approximately 1300 instruments a year and has produced roughly 30,000 flat tops to date. Though pricing has escalated with the passage of time and demand, we still maintain that Collings guitars are an outstanding value, as they competitive with any top tier guitar available.

The Style 3 appointments, like those found on this guitar, are the finest offered by Collings. However, as is true of many (if not most) of the guitars Collings produces, this OM3 has been customized with a variety of options including: an Englemann spruce top, a short scale, herringbone top purfling, a 1 3/4” nut width, and short diamond and square abalone fingerboard inlays (all of these would translate to a new street price of $6025 today). Most significant among these options would be the Englemann top substitution and the shorter scale length. The use of the slightly softer, more pliable Englemann soundboard imparts an inherent warmth and quicker response, while retaining very good headroom/dynamic range—we often think of Englemann as splitting the difference in the sonic behavior of Sitka spruce and Western Red cedar. Meanwhile, the shorter scale length translates to a softer feel and easier string bends, but also less tension on the top. This reduction in tension on the top can enhance low end presence and add warmth to the edge of treble notes. As Collings guitars do tend to be brighter at the outset (which we mostly attribute to a more sturdy construction), these features would have likely delivered a little more of that "played in" sound when the guitar was new. That said, after eighteen years of play and maturation, this guitar has developed into a truly fantastic instrument that exemplifies the clarity and refinement associated with Collings, while offering a voluptuous resonance and enhanced low end that only comes with years of play!


Cosmetic Condition:

For an instrument approaching twenty years of age, this guitar is fairly clean, with no structural issues to report. While not a structural threat, the finish of the back and sides of this OM3 has some orange peel effect going on. "Orange peel" or finish pitting often results from the finish simply settling; however, it is known that many manufacturers (including Collings) experienced finish issues of this nature stemming from a pore filler that was in common use while many of these companies transitioned to UV catalyzed finishes and sealers in the late '90s and early 2000s. Apart from this, the guitar does have some minor points of wear including: a ding and minor indentation on treble side at waist (where the guitar would rest on your thigh), a ding with some finish chip-out on back corner of the headstock (treble side), a 2mm top dent adjacent to bass strings, a couple minor top dents concentrated on the treble side of the lower bout, and some minor pore-filler-related finish lift/separation tracing the headstock volute. VERY GOOD+ to EXCELLENT Condition


Specifications:

• Solid Englemann spruce top
• Solid Indian back and sides
• Mahogany neck with Modified V carve
• Ebony fingerboard and belly bridge
• Abalone Diamond and Square fingerboard inlay (short pattern)
• Brazilian rosewood headstock veneer with MOP logo
• Grained ivoroid binding: body, fingerboard, headstock
• Herringbone top purfling
• 2-ply black/white back and headstock purfling
• Three color chevron back strip
• Three-ring rosette with abalone center ring
• Faux tortoiseshell pickguard
• Mortise and tenon neck joint
• Gold Waverly tuners with butterbean buttons
• Nitro cellulose lacquer body finish
• Catalyzed polyurethane neck finish
• Bone nut and saddle
• 24.9" scale length (short scale)
• 1 3/4" nut width
• Original deluxe TKL case included (used)

Our Price: $4495.00

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