Collings makes an outstanding dread, and their latest “Traditional” spec adds some extra goodness to what was already an impressive guitar. I ordered this one with a baked sitka top and it’s extra responsive to my ears. With Collings’ terrific new case. I’ll let Collings describe it:

The Traditional or “T” Series guitars reflect Bill Collings’ return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound. Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all nitrocellulose lacquer finish, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive. Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to create a voicing characterized by warm, rounded highs and a present low midrange, while retaining a quick attack and strong projection. Includes a handmade lightweight Collings case designed and built in the Collings shop. The pairing of these new Traditional guitars and cases makes for a combination of old world quality and aesthetic that is unprecedented among instruments available today.

Serial # 26273

Condition: New; Top: Baked sitka spruce; Back and sides: East Indian rosewood; Neck: Mahogany, Traditional carve, ebony fingerboard; Nut: 1 3/4; Width: 15 5/8; Depth: 4 7/8; Scale: 25 1/2; Binding: Ivoroid with small herringbone; Rosette: b/w/b; Orientation: Lefthanded (of course); List: $5250