Explore the New T-Series
The Collings Traditional Series or "T-Series” guitars represent an exciting vintage-inspired tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound, designed and crafted to showcase the most desirable characteristics present in coveted pre-war instruments. In developing the Traditional series, great care was taken to maintain the power, balance, and clarity that makes the Collings voice unique while adjusting aspects of the design that contribute to the warm, rounded highs, present low midrange, and open feel showcased throughout the T-Series lineup.
Something a little different, a little warmer in addition to the signature Collings sounds.
Chris Eldridge plays his original composition "Fair to Partly Cloudy" on a Collings D2H A T S featuring our new Vintage Satin finish option.
What are the standout features of a T-Series Guitar?
Traditional Voicing and Construction
Great care is taken in hand-selecting lightweight, resonant tonewoods for the Traditional series. Each instrument is then hand-voiced and constructed using bracing carves, tolerances, and techniques specific to the T-Series, all designed to showcase the most desirable characteristics present in coveted pre-war instruments. The result of this alternate approach to construction is a strong fundamental tonality with a dry and articulate pick attack and exceptionally dynamic response.
Fully Redesigned Neck Support
One of the primary functions of the neck is to transfer string energy back into the body of the guitar. Part of the evolution of Collings Traditional series has been the continued research into how neck construction affects the tone, feel, and response of an acoustic instrument. While Collings Traditional neck profile has not changed, the internal design has been reengineered for 2020 to centralise the mass of the neck supports, resulting in an adjustable truss rod design with the benefits of a T-bar neck. These changes further enhance the rounded highs and open feel that are signatures of our Traditional instruments.
Appointments and Custom Options
Part of the vintage charm that Collings T-Series instruments impart comes from a package of period-correct appointments and features that are unique to the Traditional Series. Each model includes gold mother-of-pearl inlays, genuine wood fibre purflings, custom bridge pins, and subtle golden toner over the entire instrument for an unmistakably classic aesthetic. A number of custom options are also available to meet your individual preferences, including several sunburst options, an alternate neck profile with a narrower 1 11/16" nut width, and a drop-in saddle option for those planning to install an undersaddle pickup system.
Ultra-thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
Allowing the lightweight tonewoods selected for Collings Traditional series to move properly is critical to building a new instrument that – like the best vintage specimens – sounds open and feels “played-in”. Collings achieve this on their T-Series through the application of an ultra-thin, all-lacquer finish that is meticulously hand-sanded between coats and repeatedly measured throughout the process.
New Vintage Satin Finish Option
For those seeking a more understated aesthetic and even warmer tone, Collings now offer their Traditional series instruments in a Vintage Satin finish. This option utilises the same ultra-thin, all-lacquer finish of their glossy T-Series instruments but with the sleek, sheen look of satin. It also imparts a subtly more fundamental, woody flavor to the Collings sound when compared to the Traditional gloss finish.