It finally arrived!! Exactly as I expected!! Wonderful Bearclaw Adirondack Top with very tight even and ultra straight grain. The straight grained Rosewood is very dark as requested.. the side is almost deep purple/black in color! And the sound... it is very loud and very responsive.. it surprised me a lot in how responsive a new Adirondack Top Guitar can be..... the guitar don't sound tight as usual for brand new guitars. The bass is deep and piano-like and it is overall very dark sounding. It has a very fat and round treble and very balance all over the fretboard. When fingerpicking it, it sound very tranparent. It is more than a lap piano... I am like playing a full orchestra.. I don't know how to express it better but I am very much satisfied!!
It really sound very much like LJ's Collings OM2HA Cutaway in his Guitar Noir DVD. (The tone I am longing for when placing this order.) His is a Brazilian of course!!
I ordered the Vintage neck because I felt very comfortable when I played a Martin OM18V in a local shop. The Vintage options also comes with a bigger neck compare to the standard low profile neck on my OM1A especially way down to the 12th fret area. It's a very comfortable neck and I am already enjoying the benefits the 2 3/8 saddle spacing bring to my playing!
Pictures of the Guitar
Pics already posted in the Photo Album Forum Click on "My Guitars" for more pics as well.
Just had the bone bridge pins installed and the next thing I am going to do is to try different strings on it.. it currently have PB lights and it sound very good.. I'll probably try 80/20s next. And I'll probably put the pickguard on as well. (Dark Brown Colour)
The Custom Label is very nice as well (Already part of the Forum Homepage)! Thanks to the nice folks in Collings Guitars and also Kevin for all the help and communications and for the bone strap button and end pins that was installed perfectly in the factory in the very last minute. I should have left it in the shop for all of you to try out during the gathering but I really can't wait for it to arrive ASAP!!
Sorry for the poor english but I am sure you can feel my excitement!
Comparing to my OM1A
When comparing to my OM1A, it is all everyone usually describe on how Mahagony guitar differ from Rosewood. The OM2HAV is more complex sounding all over. The OM1A comes with better clarity and note seperation. The OM2HAV is quite a bit louder but the OM1A have more of that glassy clarity from Bass to Treble. Overall, the OM1A sound more simple and solid, a bit brighter with razor sharp clarity and better dynamic range. It also sound more open and have a loser feeling to it probably due to the 6 years of frequent playing. The OM2HAV sound big, rich, much much more complex sounding with lots of volume to spare. Both have great headroom not sure if it is due to the Adirondack Top. I don't care how the OM2HAV will open up to be because I love how it is now....but I do expect it to have the same open, dynamic and the loser feeling of the OM1A after a couple years of playing.
Thats all I can report back after owning it for two days. Better go back to work now. This message has been edited. Last edited by: Ed,
Let me be the first to say, "AWESOME!!"
It's a beauty! Congrats!
...but what happened to the forum inlay?
The folks at Collings had created a custom Forum Label for the guitar instead of the custom inlay.
Go back to work? You have a new guitar and it's calling your name all day long! Okay, I forgot that it's work that provides you the cash to buy these things. That is a very beautiful guitar. We know it's new but the first chance you get, record something so we can also hear it. I too love vintage necks and spacing. We can feel the excitement on your post. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Ed, Congrats on the new guitar!!! Love and I mean love that top! B-
Congrat Ed!. THe OM simply gorgeous. I'm glad it turns out greater than you expect. Make me want to make a trip down to HK to try it out
2006 Collings OM-1ESS
Everyone is welcome to give it a try if you happen to drop by HK ! Thanks for all the kind words! I have sticked the pickguard in as well.
Wow! What a stunning looking guitar.
Someone looking over my shoulder asked my why the top of the guitar looked like it had dents. I laughed and told him "we" pay extra for those. The more it has, the better it looks. Life is good. The guitar is fabulous.
I don't recall ever seeing bearclaw Adirondack. That must have been a special order upcharge, no doubt!
wonderful looking guitar....I'm aiming for one too like yours...got to really save up...
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