'OM' stands for "Orchestra Model," but 80 years after this body shape was first designed it has become the most popular 14-fret model with fingerstyle guitar soloists who choose to play on steel strings. Yet flatpickers also find it appealing, and when the graceful cutaway is added these OMs are often used by lead players who routinely explore all 20 frets much as they would on an electric guitar. The compact shape makes the Collings OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the relatively shallow body (barely over 4 inches deep) results in balanced tone and an immediate response.
I find this guitar to be very punchy and clear. It's great for playing jazz as well.
Below watch sideman and session guitarist extraordinaire Mark Goldenberg demonstrates his Collings OM2H and Collings 001MH guitars.
Listen to the late Pete Huttlinger demo his Collings OM2H guitar below.
Select Sitka spruce top
East Indian rosewood back and sides
Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate strip rosette
Grained ivoroid top/back body binding
Herringbone trim with matching 2-style backstrip
Pre-war scalloped bracing
Tortoise-style celluloid pickguard
High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Square headstock with volute
15 degree headstock angle
Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
Ebony fingerboard with ebony belly-style bridge
Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
20 Frets, neck joins the body at the 14th fret
Modified V neck profile with 2 3/16" string spacing