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LewyLewy Frets: 668
edited May 29 in Acoustics
Picked up from @WillEdmunds this afternoon. I’d been watching it in the classifieds for months and eventually couldn’t resist anymore. A 2007 Collings CW Indian A (for Adirondack). 

https://imgur.com/gallery/6NYGpWl

Pictured on the right here next to its D1A stablemate.

First order of business was to get some 13s on it (there were 12s on there) and then drop the action by about 1/32”. First time working on a long saddle, which has to be lowered from the top not sanded from the bottom like a drop in saddle. Turned out fine. I haven’t bothered re-compensating the saddle - it really doesn’t sound like it needs it (for how I play anyway).

First impressions - loud (but not as forceful as the mahogany bodied D1A), and the enlarged sound hole seems to do what people say thy do ... make the bass sound drier and less whompy and make the highs a little less bright but with more body. I like it a lot.

Will post a vid once the strings have played in a bit.

Many thanks to Will for a very smooth and easy transaction!

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  • BigLicks67BigLicks67 Frets: 477
    Looks terrific, happy ngd.

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  • StrangefanStrangefan Frets: 2701
    Proper ngd there, well done. 
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  • kaypeejaykaypeejay Frets: 169
    Lovely guitar. I do like the Collings’ sound. 
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1823

    Congrats Lewy.


    Enjoy.

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 2763
    Damn that's tasty. 
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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2128
    Congrats. Do you think the “A” makes a noticeable difference?
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 668
    jellyroll said:
    Congrats. Do you think the “A” makes a noticeable difference?
    Definitely. Not necessarily better for all players/styles, but absolutely noticeable.

    With all other things being equal (which of course they never are) the stiffer Adirondack has more headroom and punch so for bluegrassers/flatpickers who prize true acoustic projection, there is a distinct advantage. But it wouldn't be my choice for a guitar that I wanted to do a lot of delicate fingerstyle with, or one I wanted to put light strings on.

    In terms of species of spruce for tops, for me Adirondack is out on its own....again in terms of sound and response, not necessarily quality/merit. I've found the differences between the other commonly used spruce species(sitka, german, engelman) to be noticeable to the extent that I could hear a difference between them but couldn't go "ah...that's German spruce". 
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 2817
    When I saw it had sold I knew it was you :-) 

    Congrats 
    "Congratulations on being officially the most right anyone has ever been about anything, ever." -- Noisepolluter knows the score
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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2128
    Lewy said:
    jellyroll said:
    Congrats. Do you think the “A” makes a noticeable difference?
    Definitely. Not necessarily better for all players/styles, but absolutely noticeable.

    With all other things being equal (which of course they never are) the stiffer Adirondack has more headroom and punch so for bluegrassers/flatpickers who prize true acoustic projection, there is a distinct advantage. But it wouldn't be my choice for a guitar that I wanted to do a lot of delicate fingerstyle with, or one I wanted to put light strings on.

    In terms of species of spruce for tops, for me Adirondack is out on its own....again in terms of sound and response, not necessarily quality/merit. I've found the differences between the other commonly used spruce species(sitka, german, engelman) to be noticeable to the extent that I could hear a difference between them but couldn't go "ah...that's German spruce". 
    Thanks @Lewy. I’ve learned something. 
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  • CloudNineCloudNine Frets: 2165
    Lewy said
    Definitely. Not necessarily better for all players/styles, but absolutely noticeable.

    With all other things being equal (which of course they never are) the stiffer Adirondack has more headroom and punch so for bluegrassers/flatpickers who prize true acoustic projection, there is a distinct advantage. But it wouldn't be my choice for a guitar that I wanted to do a lot of delicate fingerstyle with, or one I wanted to put light strings on.

    Definitely my favourite top wood. Have owned a boat load of acoustics, and there has been a definite trend of the best ones having Adi. And I don't just mean for dreads. Although I am not a great finger style player, I think it is absolutely a great wood for that style of guitar, with light strings etc, if the builder knows what the are doing.

    I personally think it is the best all rounder.
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1634
    Lewy said:

    Definitely. Not necessarily better for all players/styles, but absolutely noticeable.

    With all other things being equal (which of course they never are) the stiffer Adirondack has more headroom and punch so for bluegrassers/flatpickers who prize true acoustic projection, there is a distinct advantage. But it wouldn't be my choice for a guitar that I wanted to do a lot of delicate fingerstyle with, or one I wanted to put light strings on.

    In terms of species of spruce for tops, for me Adirondack is out on its own....again in terms of sound and response, not necessarily quality/merit. I've found the differences between the other commonly used spruce species(sitka, german, engelman) to be noticeable to the extent that I could hear a difference between them but couldn't go "ah...that's German spruce". 
    A very nice pair of Collings, IMO they seem to be the pick of contemporary USA acoustic factory guitar makers. 

    When it comes to Red Spruce/Adirondack it's usually is heavier than the other spruces used for making guitars (Englemann, Sitka & European) and is seen to be stiffer as well.  In addition to 'headroom and punch' I'd say something associated with it as well as volume and clarity and a lack of compression. 

    One issue with Red Spruce is again something of an opinion but many do observe it takes a while longer than the other spruces to 'break in', but this is something to be a divisive subject at best. 

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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 5184
    very tasty!

    Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8802
    nice looking guitars but I couldn't play on 13s
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    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 668
    Got round to recording a quick clip ....

    https://youtu.be/pcndPN2RPkQ
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