Collings OM2H – Acoustic Review

Collings is one of the USA’s highest regarded makers. Ben Morgan-Brown discovers why

If money is no object, today is a wonderful time to be buying an acoustic guitar. The ‘big name’ makers seem to be at the top of their game, boutique builders are producing some superb instruments and somewhere in between, smaller makers like Collings, which is neither a ‘one man in a shed’ boutique operation, nor a big company with a production line, are offering guitars which the cognoscenti reckon are among the best ever made.

The Collings OM2H is a relatively restrained looking instrument but from the moment you pick it up and take a close look you can see the superb craftsmanship and attention to detail that Collings has become famous for. And when you start to play it… well, listen to how it sounds on Ben’s video.

As a guitar aimed at professionals and highly experienced players, Collings offers quite a few options and our sample had two of those included – a fine quality sunburst finish and Adirondack spruce, pre-war style, scalloped X bracing, as opposed to the standard bracing, which is made from Sitka spruce. You could save quite a bit of money by choosing neither of these options but, as Ben found, the sunburst looks fabulous and upgraded bracing does seem to make a real difference to the tone. That’s to be expected on a guitar at this level – small differences affecting what is already a refined performance that experienced players will be able to recognise and appreciate.

Built to the highest standard from the finest materials, for a go anywhere, play just about any kind of music, the 14 fret Collings OM2H (14 fret refers to the point where the frets meet the body) is a serious instrument for a serious player. Check out how it out sounds on Ben’s review with the best pair of headphones you can find!

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Collings OM2H

UK price (with options, as tested) £5,100

Top: Sitka spruce

Back & Sides: E. Indian rosewood

Neck: Honduran mahogany

Body Binding: Ivoroid with herringbone purfling

Fingerboard Binding: None

Peghead Binding: None

Bridge: Ebony belly-style with 2 3/16″ spacing

Fingerboard: Ebony with abalone short diamond & squares

Bridge Pins/End Pin: Ebony with MOP dot

Nut: Bone, 1 11/16″

Saddle: Bone, drop-in

Neck Profile: Modified V

Peghead Profile: Tapered square with volute

Neck Joint: Mortise & tenon hybrid

Truss Rod: Fully adjustable

Frets: Medium 18% nickel-silver

Peghead: Veneer  Stained Exotic Ebony with MOP Collings logo

Tuners: Nickel Waverly (16:1 ratio)

Backstrip: 2-style (Zipper)

Rosette: iv/tort/iv & b/w purflings

Scale Length:  25 1/2″

Brace Material: Sitka spruce

Brace Pattern: Pre-war scalloped X-brace

Fingerboard Radius: 14″ – 26″ compound

Body Finish: High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck Finish: High gloss polyester resin

Pickguard: Tortoise

Strings: D’Addario EJ-16 (.012″- .053″)

Case: Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case

Neck Profile

Neck Profile: Diagram

*Actual measurements may vary slightly due to hand-sanding and finishing variables.


Body Length: 19 1/4″

Body Depth:  4 1/8″

Lower Bout Width: 15″

Total Length:  39 1/2″