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Collings OM1A JL Julian Lage Signature - Adirondack Top


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Serial Number: 31251
Top Wood: 
Adirondack Spruce
Back and Sides Wood: Honduran mahogany
Neck Wood: Honduran mahogany
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Body Binding: Tortoise with custom wood purflings
Bridge and Fingerboard Wood: Ebony
Bridge Pins/End Pin: Ebony with MOP dot
Nut and Saddle Material: Bone
Neck Profile: Custom JL carve
Neck Joint: Mortise & tenon hybrid
Truss Rod: Fully adjustable
Peghead Veneer: Ebony
Tuners: Relic nickel Waverly with vintage oval buttons (16:1 ratio)
Backstrip:  1-style (walnut)
Rosette: Custom wood rosette
Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Brace Pattern: Custom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace)
Finish: Custom satin nitrocellulose lacquer
Pickguard: Tortoise
Electronics: None
Case: TKL Collings Branded Hard Shell Case


Part of Collings' partnership with jazz wunderkind Julian Lage, the OM1AJL is the OM1JL with the added volume and top-end clarity provided by Adirondack spruce. All of the Julian Lage signature models from Collings are based on Lage's particular preferences and the dimensions of his 1949 000-18 so as to provide the closest possible analog to the sound and feel of a vintage instrument that has seen decades of playing. What this means is scalloped, forward-shifted X-bracing, the lack of a tongue brace, a slightly asymmetrical neck profile, and a 25.5" scale length, an eighth of an inch longer than your typical OM. Additionally, the guitar features a very thin lacquer finish, making it stand aesthetically apart from the rest of Collings' acoustic guitars, and also adding a hair more resonance and sustain to the instrument.

But the additional appointment of Adirondack spruce to the top of the guitar pushes the whole affair up another notch, affording the guitar more carrying power, a wonderful brightness at high volumes, and an exceptionally clear voice. It also lends the instrument added versatility, as the volume of Adirondack makes the OM1AJL that much more suited for flatpicking and provide the guitar with a greater range of tonal colors depending on the performer's playing style. This instrument comes strung with light gauge nickel-wound strings and comes with a very sturdy Collings hard shell case.