SOLD - Collings Julian Lage Signature OM1 – USA 2020
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‘When Bill Collings first met the brilliant young jazz musician Julian Lage, in 2014, the two began a series of in-depth conversations about their respective crafts. Lage's profound insights as a guitarist would play a key role in the creation of Collings’ T (Traditional) Series guitars. This rare collaboration, which continued right up until Bill’s passing, in July, 2017, has yielded another exceptional new guitar with an old soul. We are proud to present a highly personal extension of the T Series: the Julian Lage Signature OM1.
Though Lage’s guitar shares the same foundational specs as the OM1 T, it is unique in some key ways. Its neck feels like no other Collings guitar. That’s because it’s modelled after Lage’s cherished 1939 Martin 000-18. This pre-war gem is heard on the guitarist’s 2015 solo album, “World’s Fair,” and was his main touring acoustic for years.
The 000-18’s neck—which was of course originally hand-shaped and sanded—has a distinctive taper altered by decades of wear. For Lage, this particular neck had come to feel like home. Through careful analysis and digitisation of its unique dimensions, we were able to precisely recreate its worn-in, asymmetric feel on his signature model. While we maintained the relatively narrow 1 11/16" nut of the 000-18's neck, we extended the fretboard from the original short scale to our standard 25 ½" length for slightly greater presence and note definition.
Lage has an affinity both tonally and aesthetically for vintage guitars whose finishes have mellowed after years of playing. To recreate this effect we initially considered a varnish, but to achieve the ideal combination of a thin finish application and a vintage aesthetic, we landed on a custom satin lacquer. This new finish offering not only feels and looks right to Lage, he finds it has the same inherent openness of tone that is present in the best pre-war instruments.’
Top Wood: Sitka spruce
Back and Sides Wood: Honduran mahogany
Neck Wood: Honduran mahogany
Nut Width: 1.69"
Body Binding: Tortoise with custom wood purflings
Bridge and Fingerboard Wood: Ebony
Bridge Pins/End Pin: Ebony with mother-of-pearl dot
Nut and Saddle Material: Bone
Neck Profile: Custom JL carve
Neck Joint: Mortise & tenon hybrid
Truss Rod: Fully adjustable
Peghead Veneer: Ebony
Tuners: Reliced nickel Waverly with vintage oval buttons (16:1 ratio)
Backstrip: 1-style (walnut)
Rosette: Custom wood rosette
Scale Length: 25.5"
Brace Pattern: Custom Traditional Series pre-war scalloped X-brace (no tongue brace)
Finish: Custom satin nitrocellulose lacquer
This guitar presents in near-new condition – the top back and sides are basically blemish free, with only one small mark on the top bout, but nothing offensive. The neck is clean and comfortable, and there is next to no fret wear apparent.
Guaranteed you won't want to put this 2020 Collings Julian Lage OM1 down for a second, it absolutely sings! The perfect gigging guitar or inspiration required to write your next hit tune!
Original hard case included in great condition.