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Collings OM1-ESS Steel String Guitar Natural, 2015

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The Collings OM1-ESS is based on the traditional OM – Orchestra Model body design, but with an Engelmann Spruce top and a 24.9 inch (632mm) scale length. The OM body has been favored by performing fingerstylists since its introduction by Martin in 1930 as a 14-fret adaptation of the 12-fret OOO models.

Collings builds some of the finest instruments available, and this Collings OM1-ESS, built during 2015 in Austin Texas is an excellent example of their work. The joinery and finish are as close to flawless as is possible, and the materials selections are top notch. The OM1-ESS uses an Engelmann Spruce top paired with tropical Mahogany for the sides, back, body blocks and neck, with Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge.   This guitar is in very good, clean condition with no significant wear to the frets or finish.  

The original Collings hard shell case is included.

Here’s what the builder has to say about the Collings OM1-ESS:

“‘OM’ stands for “Orchestra Model,” but 80 years after this body shape was first designed it has become the most popular 14-fret model with fingerstyle guitar soloists who choose to play on steel strings. Yet flatpickers also find it appealing, and when the graceful cutaway is added these OMs are often used by lead players who routinely explore all 20 frets much as they would on an electric guitar. The compact shape makes the Collings OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the relatively shallow body (barely over 4 inches deep) results in balanced tone and an immediate response.”

Collings OM1-ESS Specifications:

  • Top: Englemann spruce
  • Back & Sides: Honduran mahogany
  • Neck: Honduran mahogany
  • Body Binding: Tortoise with b/w/b/w top purfling
  • Fingerboard Binding: None
  • Peghead Binding: None
  • Bridge: Ebony belly-style with 2 3/16″ spacing
  • Fingerboard: Ebony with MOP short dots
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14″ – 26″ compound
  • Bridge Pins/End Pin: Ebony with MOP dot
  • Nut: Bone, 1.75 inch
  • Saddle: Bone, drop-in
  • Neck Profile: Modified V
  • Peghead Profile: Square
  • Neck Joint: Mortise & tenon hybrid
  • Truss Rod: Fully adjustable
  • Frets: Medium 18% nickel-silver
  • Peghead Veneer: Ebony with MOP Collings logo
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
  • Backstrip: 1-style (Walnut)
  • Rosette: b/w Purfling
  • Scale Length: 24.875″
  • Brace Material: Sitka spruce
  • Brace Pattern: Pre-war scalloped X-brace
  • Body Finish: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Neck Finish: High gloss polyester resin
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Strings: D’Addario EJ-16 (.012″- .053″)
  • Case: Deluxe hardshell case by TKL

Price: $5,050.00 CAD
  • Model: OM1-ESS
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Natural Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 25048, built during 2015 in Austin, Texas
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 16/06/2022

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3.74lbs 1.7kg
  • Scale Length: 631.8mm 24.875in
  • Nut Width: 45.50mm 1.752in
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