The world of yowhatsshakin


This is Bill Collings’ version of the late 20’s OOO made by Martin. Like many guitars from that era, this guitar has a slotted headstock and 12 frets to the neck. Like its 14-fret brethren (the OM), the body of these guitars are a bit smaller and less ‘boxy’ than the dreadnought. Not only does this guitar have the much desired Adirondack (red-spruce) top, it has also been adorned by a beautiful sunburst paint job. The dark stripe visible in the photos below is not a crack but indicates the seam between the 2 book-matched halves. The sides are made from East Indian rosewood, the neck is constructed from mahogany with an ebony fingerboard. The slotted headstock has a Brazilian rosewood veneer and Waverly nickel-plated machines with vintage-style butterfly knobs. It also has a Venetian cut-away for easy access to the upper registers. For the standard specs of this model, visit:


Collings OOO2ha sb cut

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2004

Serial number:    9948

Strings:               D’Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light (12-53)

You have heard of John Mayer haven’t you? You know that he plays a Martin OM don’t you? Well, I read an interview where he extolled the virtues of having ‘a smaller box’. Also in interviews with other finger-stylists in Acoustic Guitar, I had become intrigued with the concept of an Orchestra model, either OM or OOO. Fortunately here in Seattle, a store like Dusty Strings allows anybody to test-drive a wide range of high-end acoustic guitars built by a large selection of manufacturers. So that’s what you do. And the Collings OOO-1 that they had sounded pretty good. Then, as luck had it, this guitar (listed as a 2006) was offered on eBay by Big Jim’s Guitars, a well respected name in collecting circles. So that was it! Never looked back, since it has all I ever wanted: beautiful exterior, heavenly sounding, and plays like butter. It is nice to compare the sound of this smaller model with its large brother, the D2HA. You’ll notice right away that there are more mids and sparkling highs, since the lows have been suppressed. My absolute favorite finger-style guitar nowadays frequently in tow when visiting friends so I can entertain the crowd. And the pickguard is entirely obsolete; I have not touched this guitar with a pick yet...