Over the years I have had a number of acoustic guitars. In the beginning Saxon and Echo then Fylde, Lowden, Guild, Taylor and Gibson. None of them really 'did it' for me. One day I visited Peter Norris Music in Douglas, Isle of Man and sitting there were three Collings guitars. I ended up over time buying them all, selling this 0001 guitar then buying it back again two years later when I realised the error of my ways :)
The 12-fret 000 has the same general appearance as the Collings 00, but in a larger size with longer string scale. Although it's the same width and depth as the OM, the longer body typically produces more bass and overall volume.
It has a big wide, almost classical neck, with loads of bass, fantastic intonation and is absolutely beautiful to play. As it is only 12 fret the guitar feels small and not unwieldy: it records great...
As with most of my acoustic guitars it's fitted with a Highlander IP-2 pick up which allows me to add an additional passive pickup if required - I use the Jim Kaufman Sunrise. Strung now with D'Addario EJ16: 0.012 - 0.53.
Blues at the Bay, 718 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE Stockton-on-tees, UK
Saltburn Blues Club, Markse Mill Lane, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1QA, UK