Collings Acoustic Guitars Comparison

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Very nice playing, and a solid collection of guitars.
The little twelve-fretter at the beginning sounded very forward, I liked that.
They all sounded great, Collings makes excellent instruments (Waterloo owner here).
 

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I don’t see finger picks. Are you using your nails? That makes such a difference on an acoustic. I use the flesh of my finger tips on my electrics. There’s a specific attack and timbre I like but it’s dead sounding in comparison on my dred. Great picking. I like it.
 

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Nice guitars and nice playing! I think there's a 00 starting around 4:00 that caught both my eye and ear. If this is a give-away, I'll take that one. :)
 

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Collings are one of those guitars I know I should get but just don't. I tend to find something missing that I am looking for in the voice. What that is I cannot describe. To paraphrase a past Supreme Court Justice - while I cannot describe pornography I know it when I see it. Substitute "hear" for "see." The closest I ever came was a CJ Custom which was a prototype of the CJ35 which showed up in a store 20 minutes down the road around ten or so years back. In retrospect I probably should have grabbed it. But as is my habit I procrastinated and so lost out. My wife though still talks about a Collings 12 string she played in the same store about 15 years back. She has never been able to get that guitar out of her head.
 

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Very nice playing, and a solid collection of guitars.
The little twelve-fretter at the beginning sounded very forward, I liked that.
They all sounded great, Collings makes excellent instruments (Waterloo owner here).
thanks for sharing your time to check this out and I appreciate you impressions! Congrats on the Waterloo!
 

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I don’t see finger picks. Are you using your nails? That makes such a difference on an acoustic. I use the flesh of my finger tips on my electrics. There’s a specific attack and timbre I like but it’s dead sounding in comparison on my dred. Great picking. I like it.
you are observant! I use my natural nails, I let only the ones grow out it need and am lucky they are naturally strong enough I don't need artificial nails. Thanks for checking this out, appreciated!
 

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Nice guitars and nice playing! I think there's a 00 starting around 4:00 that caught both my eye and ear. If this is a give-away, I'll take that one. :)
hello! thanks for sharing some time to give this a look and I appreciate the feedback. Think about this I'll shoot the 00 your way for the tele in your avatar??
 

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Collings are one of those guitars I know I should get but just don't. I tend to find something missing that I am looking for in the voice. What that is I cannot describe. To paraphrase a past Supreme Court Justice - while I cannot describe pornography I know it when I see it. Substitute "hear" for "see." The closest I ever came was a CJ Custom which was a prototype of the CJ35 which showed up in a store 20 minutes down the road around ten or so years back. In retrospect I probably should have grabbed it. But as is my habit I procrastinated and so lost out. My wife though still talks about a Collings 12 string she played in the same store about 15 years back. She has never been able to get that guitar out of her head.
first, thanks for checking this out, appreciated!

I get it, not all guitars speak to all people right and when they don't they just don't. For me it works with most things, cars, dogs on and on. Some people rave about something and they way I say it is it just doesn't speak to me. I guess that's what make the world go around right.

So cool you and your wife both play, jealous!
 

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Really nice. I think I liked 2 & 4 the most. I think. Asking the OP - Which do you favor?
 

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Really nice. I think I liked 2 & 4 the most. I think. Asking the OP - Which do you favor?
thanks for checking this out! Of course I have to say that's hard, which is true - I think the C10 burst (last one) is the best sounding 'overall'. It's not my fave size. Of the small guys I play my 01A (light burst one) the most. Thanks again!
 

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Awesome as always Dale
I’m a fan of Collings had my 05 D1A since new
Collings bros we are - that has to be a might fine sounding D these days! You might want a small body to go with it?

thanks for checking this out!
 

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The speaker on my MacBook Pro is messed up, so I couldn't really hear the sound of the guitars properly . . . they all buzzed a lot :p

I'll have to give this another listen on my main set up later.

Collings are great guitars, no doubt. Never owned one, but have tried a few. I also like Santa Cruz.

I have three Ehlers guitars, 2 are truly for fingerpicking with wide boards and the other is slightly narrower but still fine for picking. One is maple, one is Indian rosewood and the other is all Mahogany. (There are threads about at least two of them here that I put up some time back.) Now you've got me thinking I should do a similar comparison video. (Ehlers was basically a solo boutique maker, just him and a helper, but he passed away some years ago.)

For those interested in such things, the name of the Supreme Court Justice referred to in a post above was Potter Stewart.
 

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hello! thanks for sharing some time to give this a look and I appreciate the feedback. Think about this I'll shoot the 00 your way for the tele in your avatar??

A kind and very generous offer. But I can't let Shelley go, not even for an awesome Collings.
 




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