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Old 02-19-2019, 08:56 PM
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I have feeling that Collings will continue to expand the T line.
The JL OM is amazing. If Collings does to dreds what they did w/ the JL OM, weíre going to see some amazing guitars. (Yes they are already amazing). I know they did a one off custom for Julianís duo parter Chris Eldridge seen & heard in the clip below:
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:15 PM
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Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 02-21-2019, 12:24 AM
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From my experience, Martin Authentics don't really sound like pre-war Martins. There's a lot of guessing going on: one can say "this is what those Martins would have sounded like when they were new"; but I don't know how you can make that leap. It's not what I hear. And Collings Ts don't really sound much like the pre-war Martins I've played. And the real outlier from Martin, the Outlaw, is my favorite Martin dread I've heard played on the web. I think it's fair on both Martin's and Collings' parts to claim they lean more to the sound of the pre-war Martins, but they surely don't get there. It's mostly marketing. (Which a whole lot of folks protest Taylor doing with V class guitars.)

But this is hardly a bad thing. The good pre-war Martins--and I've come to believe there's not all that many of them--have clearly developed their sound as the guitars have aged. They not only sound different, but, to me, they feel different: as if the wood has a different personality than the wood on good new guitars.

Martin Authentics and both standard and Traditional Collings guitars are pretty great sounding guitars. (And I lean, like Haasome, to prefer the Collings standard to the traditional: at least that's how I've voted with my wallet with both dreads and OMs.) While I won't be around in fifty years, those that will be will probably be ecstatic about the sound of pre 2020 Martin and Collings guitars--as well as, particularly, all the guitars of the small shop builders.
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:10 AM
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Have you considered Furch? The attached pics are of the company's 2017 D-33SR model.
Looks like D-34 to me, there is a fingerboard binding.
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:12 AM
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Looks like D-34 to me, there is a fingerboard binding.
Ah...missed that point. Thanks for responding.
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Old 02-21-2019, 09:52 AM
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I like Collings guitars a lot. The T versions are drier and warmed up a bit, but I prefer the sound of the original/standard models. As Brencat says, the T versions are only slightly different from the originals to my ear.
My impressions are similar. A few days ago I took delivery of a new OM1T, thinking that it would replace my standard OM1A as a better fingerstyle guitar (based on the wider spacing and lightly braced sitka top). While the OM1T is no doubt a great and very responsive guitar, I didn't perceive it as an upgrade to the OM1A after comparing the two extensively. In fact, I slightly preferred the tone and balance of the OM1A, which is becoming more and more responsive as it nears its 2nd birthday.

End of story, I'm keeping the OM1A and returning the OM1T. Definitely try both if you can and trust your hands & ears.
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Old 02-22-2019, 04:59 AM
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My impressions are similar. A few days ago I took delivery of a new OM1T, thinking that it would replace my standard OM1A as a better fingerstyle guitar (based on the wider spacing and lightly braced sitka top). While the OM1T is no doubt a great and very responsive guitar, I didn't perceive it as an upgrade to the OM1A after comparing the two extensively. In fact, I slightly preferred the tone and balance of the OM1A, which is becoming more and more responsive as it nears its 2nd birthday.

End of story, I'm keeping the OM1A and returning the OM1T. Definitely try both if you can and trust your hands & ears.
This is a very good point. Age seems to influence them significantly. Iíve owned 2 Collings for 5+ years and they have mellowed beautifully. In fairness, Iíve never played a T version that wasnít new, but I agree with your experience. In any regard, they are all nice for my taste.
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