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Collings Parlor 2H Traditional

The Collings Parlor 2H-T is inspired by the earliest versions of the modern steel string guitar; those built through to the early part of the 1900’s. Before singing cowboys and west-bound trains pulled the guitar from its parlour home, small guitars were what people played. They were intimate, and they were comfortably sized for sitting. The term ‘Parlor’ guitar has since come to be equated with any smaller guitar; but at a scant 12-1/4” across its widest point, the Parlor 2H-T really does fits the bill.

With traditional series appointments, construction and voicing, the Collings Parlor 2H-T offers a full-bodied sound and projection that belies its small size. The guitar is surprisingly lively and open, balanced and pure, and offers up warm and rounded trebles coupled with mids and low-mids that have great presence.

What was once called the Parlor is now most commonly referred to as the living room, and there might not be a greater ‘couch guitar’ than the Collings Parlour. With its super-comfortable body size and compact neck the guitar melts away when seated. The 12 fret neck has a scale of 24-7/16”, which both warms the sound and reduces string tension, allowing for a softer touch.

Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, animal protein glue construction and extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Pryamid bridge, engraved Waverly tuning machines, wooden purflings. 1-3/4” nut width, 2-5/16” spacing at the bridge.

With Collings hand-made deluxe hardshell case

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