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Collings OM2H ESS Orchestra Model Short Scale Acoustic


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Here is a brand spankin’ new Collings OM2H ESS – an Orchestra Model with Engelmann Spruce top, 24.875 inch Short Scale guitar.

Based on the classic Orchestra Model design developed at the end of the 1920s and in the Martin catalog for 1930, the Collings OM2H ESS is pretty much as good as it gets. Collings quality is consistently very high, from wood selection to nitrocellulose lacquer finish, setup and everything in between. These are some of the finest instruments available anywhere.

Varying from the stock configuration, the Collings OM2H ESS replaces the Sitka Spruce top with Engelmann Spruce. Engelmann is lighter and more flexible than Sitka, resulting in more pronounced overtones and a richer tone with less physical effort on the part of the player. As well, the short scale length is .625 inches or 15.875mm shorter than the stock 25.5 inch or 647.7 full scale, making for smaller finger reaches and slightly reduced string tension. The rest of this guitar follows the standard specs, with Indian Rosewood for the sides, back and head plate, Mahogany for the body blocks and neck, and Ebony for the fingerboard and Pyramid-style bridge. Tuners are by Waverly, and the nut and saddle are Bone.

The original Collings-branded arched top hard shell case by TKL is included.

More From The Builder on the Collings OM2H 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 OM2H ESS Specifications

  • Top: Engelmann spruce
  • Back & Sides: East Indian rosewood
  • Neck: Honduran mahogany
  • Body Binding: Ivoroid with herringbone purfling
  • Fingerboard Binding: None
  • Peghead Binding: None
  • Bridge: Ebony Pyramid style with 2 3/16″ spacing
  • Fingerboard: Ebony with abalone short diamond & squares
  • Bridge Pins/End Pin: Ebony with MOP dot
  • Nut: Bone, 1.75 inch (44.45mm)
  • 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: Stained Exotic Ebony with MOP Collings logo
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)
  • Backstrip: 2-style (Zipper)
  • Rosette: iv/tort/iv & b/w purflings
  • Scale Length: 24.875 inch (631.83mm)
  • Brace Material: Sitka spruce
  • Brace Pattern: Pre-war scalloped X-brace
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14 – 26 inch compound (355.6mm to 660.4mm)
  • Body Finish: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Neck Finish: High gloss polyester resin
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Strings: D’Addario EJ-16 (.012- .053 inch)
  • Case: Deluxe hardshell case by TKL

Price: $8,900.00 CAD
  • Model: OM2H ESS
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 06/07/2020

  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.136 lbs 1.88kg
  • Scale Length: 24.875in 631.83mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.45mm
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