When Bill Collings first met the brilliant young jazz musician Julian Lage, in 2014, the two began a series of in-depth conversations about their respective crafts. Lage’s profound insights as a guitarist would play a key role in the creation of Collings’ T (Traditional) Series guitars. This rare collaboration, which continued right up until Bill’s passing, in July, 2017, has yielded another exceptional new guitar with an old soul. Collings is proud to present a highly personal extension of the T Series: the Julian Lage Signature OM1.
Though Lage’s guitar shares the same foundational specs as the OM1 T, it is unique in some key ways. Its neck feels like no other Collings guitar. That’s because it’s modeled after Lage’s cherished 1939 Martin 000-18. This pre-war gem is heard on the guitarist’s 2015 solo album, “World’s Fair,” and was his main touring acoustic for years. The 000-18’s neck, which was of course originally hand-shaped and sanded, has a distinctive taper altered by decades of wear. For Lage, this particular neck had come to feel like home. Through careful analysis and digitization of its unique dimensions, Collings was able to precisely recreate its worn-in, asymmetric feel on his signature model. While maintaining the relatively narrow 1 11/16″ nut of the 000-18’s neck, they have extended the fretboard from the original short scale to a standard 25 ½” length for slightly greater presence and note definition.
Lage has an affinity both tonally and aesthetically for vintage guitars whose finishes have mellowed after years of playing. To recreate this effect, a varnish was originally considered. But to achieve the ideal combination of a thin finish application and a vintage aesthetic, a custom satin lacquer was decided to be used. This new finish offering not only feels and looks right to Lage, he finds it has the same inherent openness of tone that is present in the best pre-war instruments.
With his typical descriptive eloquence, Lage characterizes his signature model as a “lovingly neutral” guitar. It has a remarkably even response between registers. It’s not an empty flatterer, but an instrument that rewards you when you’re playing your best. In this way, Lage, whose own education is unending, sees the guitar as a teacher. Lage’s signature model incorporates a script peghead logo not seen on a new Collings instrument in decades. This is the inlay that Bill hand-cut some 30 years ago when he started out in a tiny shop in Austin, Texas. Collings staff see this as a loving tribute to their late leader, who in his final project was able to realize the perfect new steel-string for one of today’s most exacting guitarists.
We inspect each an every instrument we ship out for maximum playability. We adjust the action and adjust intonation when needed. If you would like a specific adjustment, just add it to your order notes and we would be happy to adjust to your liking.
Serial Number: 28535
Top: Adirondack Spruce
Back & Sides: Honduran Mahogany
Construction: Animal Protein Glue
Neck: Honduran Mahogany
Body Binding: Tortoise with Custom Wood Purflings
Bridge: Ebony Belly-Style with 2-3/16″ Spacing
Fingerboard: Ebony with Gold MOP Short Dots
Pins: Ebony with MOP Dot
Nut: 1-11/16″ Bone
Saddle: Bone Drop-in
Neck Profile: Custom JL Carve
Peghead Profile: Tapered Square
Neck Joint: Mortise & Tenon Hybrid
Truss Rod: Fully Adjustable
Frets: Medium 18% Nickel-Silver
Peghead Veneer: Ebony with Gold MOP Collings Script Logo
Tuners: Relic Nickel Waverly with Vintage Oval Buttons (16:1 Ratio)
Rosette: Custom Wood Rosette
Scale Length: 25-1/2″
Bracing: Sitka Spruce Custom Traditional Series Pre-War Scalloped X-Brace (No Tongue Brace)
Finish: Custom Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Strings: D’addario Nickel Bronze NB1253
Collings Traditional Handcrafted Hardshell Case Included
Important information if shipping outside of the USA:
Please note: To help insure the future availability of certain materials used in the construction of this instrument, additional fees and/or documentation may be required when shipping this item outside of the USA. This is due to the CITES treaty, which regulates international trade of certain materials like rosewood, abalone, and pearl. If you purchase this item to be shipped outside of the USA, we’ll determine whether the regulations apply to your order, and will contact you with more information if necessary
|Dimensions||48 × 20 × 8 in|
Returns and Exchanges
All returns other than Defective, Incomplete or Damaged items will be subject to a 10% restocking fee. Customers are responsible for return shipping cost back to Penny Lane Emporium. Original shipping cost is not refundable on returned products.
For a “Free Shipping/Standard Shipping” item, an actual shipping charge may be calculated and deducted from your refund. All returns must be shipped within 48 hours of being provided the RMA and receive within 30 days from the invoice date. All products returned to us must be in “like new” condition, including all original shipping containers, materials, and accessories from the manufacturer otherwise your return will be rejected or additional damage charges may be assessed.
Customers must insure shipment via a shipping method which can track such as FedEx or UPS. Penny Lane Emporium is not responsible for lost or damaged products. Shipment must be insured for the value of the product.
The 10% restocking fee may be waived if the customer chooses the store credit option.
Online Store FAQ
Consistency and commitment are the keys to developing and mastering any pursuit, including music! Therefore, students are encouraged to attend every lesson in order to advance their skills. If you must reschedule or cancel a lesson, we ask that you please call our store a MINIMUM of 24 hours in advance of the lesson that will be missed. We DO NOT issue refunds or rescheduling for lessons cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled time. Missed lessons are not reusable, refundable, or transferable. In the event your teacher is absent, we will assign you a substitute with your approval or credit the appointment to reschedule for another day/time. If we must cancel your lesson for any unforeseen reason, the lesson will also be credited to reschedule for another day/time. IF you are unable to make the substituted and/or rescheduled lesson and fail to notify us a Minimum of 24 hours in advance NO CREDIT/MAKEUP APPOINTMENT WILL BE ISSUED. If you are running late to your lesson, please contact us as we will do our best to accommodate you. However, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your entire lesson if you arrive late for your scheduled time. In the event you are unable to arrive at your scheduled lesson due to emergency or illness, an exemption to our policy may apply.
A: All of our instruments go through a final inspection after receiving or prior to shipping. if any instrument does not meet our guidelines and has any of the following: high action, Fret Buzz, Cosmetic Damage, Abnormalities, or any other significant issues, we will perform a set-up prior to shipping
A: Items that come with a Hardshell Case, Gigbag, or any other accessory will be included in the description of the instrument. If the item description does not mention any of the accessory’s described (Hardshell Case, Gigbag, Tuner, Capo, Extra Strings, Care Equipment, Etc) the accessory is NOT included with the item
A: Yes, our store offers a variety of Gigbags, Cases, and other accessory’s. If you have found the instrument you are looking for and would like to add an accessory, simply add it to your shopping cart. If you cannot find an accessory you are looking for on our online store, you can use our online chat and speak with one of our in-store staff members or contact us by phone during store hours so we can help find what you are looking for!
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A: Items over $100 qualify for free shipping to the lower 48 states using FedEx SmartPost. Some select High end instruments will qualify for Free shipping to the lower 48 states using Fedex Ground/Home Delivery. (Shipping method can be changed or expedited. However, Additional shipping fees may apply)
A: We do offer international shipping. However, due to the CITES treaty, which regulates international trade of certain materials like rosewood, abalone, and pearl. Items that include any of the following will be Ineligible for international sale/shipping. If the item IS eligible for international shipping, Additional shipping fees will apply.
A: If the item is shipping domestically but is outside of the the lower 48 states, a shipping surcharge will apply. (surcharge fee may vary depending on item)