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When Bill Collings first met the brilliant young jazz musician Julian Lage, in 2014, the two began a series of in-depth conversations about their respective crafts. Lage's profound insights as a guitarist would play a key role in the creation of Collings’ T (Traditional) Series guitars. This rare collaboration, which continued right up until Bill’s passing, in July, 2017, has yielded another exceptional new guitar with an old soul. Collings is proud to present a highly personal extension of the T Series: the Julian Lage Signature OM1.
Though Lage's guitar shares the same foundational specs as the OM1 T, it is unique in some key ways. Its neck feels like no other Collings guitar. That’s because it’s modeled after Lage’s cherished 1939 Martin 000-18. This pre-war gem is heard on the guitarist’s 2015 solo album, "World’s Fair", and was his main touring acoustic for years.
The 000-18's neck—which was of course originally hand-shaped and sanded—has a distinctive taper altered by decades of wear. For Lage, this particular neck had come to feel like home. Through careful analysis and digitization of its unique dimensions, we were able to precisely recreate its worn-in, asymmetric feel on his signature model. While we maintained the relatively narrow 1 11/16" nut of the 000-18's neck, we extended the fretboard from the original short scale to our standard 25 1/2" length for slightly greater presence and note definition.
Lage has an affinity both tonally and aesthetically for vintage guitars whose finishes have mellowed after years of playing. To recreate this effect we initially considered a varnish, but to achieve the ideal combination of a thin finish application and a vintage aesthetic, we landed on a custom satin lacquer. This new finish offering not only feels and looks right to Lage, he finds it has the same inherent openness of tone that is present in the best pre-war instruments.
With his typical descriptive eloquence, Lage characterizes his signature model as a "lovingly neutral" guitar. It has a remarkably even response between registers. It's not an empty flatterer, but an instrument that rewards you when you're playing your best. In this way, Lage, whose own education is unending, sees the guitar as a teacher.
Lage's signature model incorporates a script peghead logo not seen on a new Collings instrument in decades. This is the inlay that Bill hand-cut some 30 years ago when he started out in a tiny shop in Austin, Texas. We see this as a loving tribute to our late leader, who in his final project was able to realize the perfect new steel-string for one of today’s most exacting guitarists.Learn More
-Torrefied Sitka Spruce topLearn More
-East Indian rosewood back & sides
-Cross-cut grained ivoroid & wood nitrate strip rosette
-Grained ivoroid top/back body binding
-Herringbone trim with matching 2-style backstrip
-Pre-war scalloped bracing
-Tortoise-style celluloid pickguard
-High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
-Square headstock with volute
-15 degree headstock angle
-Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
-Ebony fingerboard with ebony belly-style bridge
-"Mom" Fingerboard Inlay
-Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
-20 Frets, neck joins the body at the 14th fret
-Modified V neck profile w/ 2 3/16" string spacing
-14"-26" Compound fingerboard radius
-1 3/4" Nut Width
-Bone nut and drop-in saddle
-25 1/2" Scale length
-Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
-Mother of pearl diamond and square fingerboard inlays
-Fully adjustable truss rod
-Ebony bridge pins and end pin
-Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
-Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL
Tradition is a wonderful thing, because a traditional instrument has stood the test of time. It does the job, and it does it well, that's the reason it became a tradition. It works and works well. Collings has combined traditional guitar design with superb workmanship and created a new standard in OM Guitars, the Collings OM2H-T. All the guys here at the shop are blown away by this guitar, it's the new favorite. I love the case, it was made by Collings and is like the early Martin cases from the thirties. The top has been upgraded with the torrefied, "Aged", option which takes an already great guitar and makes it even better.
The Traditional or "T" Series guitars reflect Bill Collings' return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound. Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the body, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive. Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to create a voicing characterized by warm, rounded highs and a present low midrange, while retaining a quick attack and strong projection. Each Traditional series guitar will come with a handmade lightweight Collings case designed and built in the Collings shop. The pairing of these new Traditional guitars and cases makes for a combination of old world quality and aesthetic that is unprecedented among instruments available today.Learn More