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The DS-1 is Collings interpretation of a pre-War Martin 12-fret D-18.  Compared to the original Martin, Bill Collings uses decidedly modern elements such as an adjustable trussrod and bolt-on neck design for his guitar.  The "A" suffix denotes that the guitar is constructed with an Adirondack (red spruce) top just as the original Martins were.

COLLINGS DS-1A  (2003)

Body:  Hollow; solid 2-piece Adirondack (red) spruce top, solid 2-piece mahogany back, and solid mahogany sides; double bound top, single bound back

Finish:  Natural, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  1-piece mahogany, set-in; ebony headstock overlay with mother-of-pearl  logo

Fingerboard:  Ebony, mother-of-pearl dot markers

Number of Frets:  19

Pickguard:  Tortoise, plastic

Bridge:  Ebony with micarta saddle

Nut:  Micarta

Tuners:  Waverly, open, nickel

Pickups:  None

Controls:  None

Scale Length:  25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 3/4 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  15 5/8 inches

Body Depth:  4 7/8 inches

Weight:  4.5 lb.

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