'OM' stands for "Orchestra Model," but 80 years after this body shape was first designed it has become the most popular 14-fret model with fingerstyle guitar soloists who choose to play on steel strings. Yet flatpickers also find it appealing, and when the graceful cutaway is added these OMs are often used by lead players who routinely explore all 20 frets much as they would on an electric guitar. The compact shape makes the Collings OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the relatively shallow body (barely over 4 inches deep) results in balanced tone and an immediate response.
Top: Adirondack Spruce
Back & Sides: E. Indian rosewood
Neck: Honduran mahogany
Body Binding: Ivoroid with herringbone purfling
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 3/4"
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