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The square-shouldered 14-fret dreadnought is the most popular steel-string acoustic guitar body shape in the world. While Collings is certainly not the only company to build them, they bring a new tonal clarity to the depth and warmth usually associated with such a large, deep-bodied guitar. Although its bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment, Collings versions are also often employed by bluegrass flatpickers who must compete with inherently louder instruments such as banjos and fiddles.
German Spruce as a Tonewood
German Spruce as a tonewood features exceptional stiffness together with low density and creates a great guitar sound. The sound properties are well balanced between pure notes and gives power to harmonics and dynamics.
COLLINGS D3 SPECIFICATIONS
Serial #: 32656
Top Wood:Baked Sitka
Back & Side Wood: East Indian Rosewood
Neck Wood: Honduran Mahogany
Body Binding:Ivoroid with b/w/b/w/b purfling
Fingerboard Binding:.060" Ivoroid
Neck Profile:Modified V, 0.85" depth at 1st fret, 0.92" depth at 9th fret
Fingerboard: Ebony with no inlay
Fingerboard Radius:14" - 26" compound
Nut:Bone, 1 11/16"
Scale Length: 25.5"
Frets: Medium 18% nickel-silver
Bridge:Ebony belly-style with 2 3/16" spacing
Bridge Pins/End Pins:Ebony with Abalone Dot
Neck Joint:Mortise & tenon hybrid
Peghead Veneer: Stained Exotic Ebony w/ MOP Collings Logo
Peghead Profile:Square with Volute
Tuners:Gold Waverly Nickel (16:1ratio)
Brace Material: Sitka Spruce
Brace Pattern:Pre-war scalloped X-brace
Body Finish: Dark Vintage Sunburst, High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer