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 one then buying it back again! This post is about the D2H.
It is well known that the square-shouldered 14-fret dreadnought is the most popular steel-string acoustic guitar body shape in the world. Its well balanced but the bass response makes the dreadnought ideal for vocal accompaniment.
The sound of this rascal is massive with warmth and clarity at the bottom end and shimmering treble at the top. My OM2H sits in the mix better in a band situation but for a duo of solo, it's perfect.
On 'The Knife', my latest album, Andy managed to capture the sound of this beautifully. Featured on 'Do You Want Me' and 'Broken Man' and miked with a Soundelux Elux251 Tube Condenser and Telefunken U47.
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 EJ17: 0.013 - 0.56.