'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.
Top Sitka spruce
Back & Sides E. Indian rosewood
Neck Honduran mahogany
Body Binding Ivoroid with herringbone purfling
Fingerboard Binding None
Peghead Binding None
Bridge Ebony belly-style with 2 3/16" spacing
Fingerboard Ebony with abalone short diamond & squares
Bridge Pins/End Pin Ebony with MOP dot
Nut Bone, 1 11/16"
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 25 1/2"
Brace Material Sitka spruce
Brace Pattern Pre-war scalloped X-brace
Fingerboard Radius 14" - 26" compound
Body Finish High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck Finish High gloss polyester resin
Strings D'Addario EJ-16 (.012"- .053")
Case Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case
*Actual measurements may vary slightly due to hand-sanding and finishing variables.
Body Length 19 1/4"
Body Depth 4 1/8"
Lower Bout Width 15"
Total Length 39 1/2"