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Acoustic Guitar Meeting in Sarzana, Italy
Bill Collings will be speaking at the Acoustic Guitar Meeting in Sarazana, Italy at 3pm on May 31st. He'll be discussing the build philosophy behind Collings Guitars followed by an informal question and answer session. You can find more details and the complete schedule for this great event here.
Waterloo by Collings Guitars
Founded by Bill Collings, Waterloo Guitars is a new line of vintage inspired guitars designed to capture the voice and character of some of the best economical guitars from the depression era. Check out the new website featuring the new Waterloo WL-14 and an in-depth interview with Bill Collings.
Collings Speical Edition Dreadnought #20,000
After 40 years of building stringed instruments, we are excited to announce the completion of our 20,000th acoustic guitar. In honor of this milestone, we built a Special Edition Dreadnought that exemplifies Collings' unyielding pursuit of perfection. This instrument is currently available at Artisan Guitars.
Kym Warner
Multi-instrumentalist Kym Warner of The Greencards plays his original composition "The Bell of Great Falls" on his Collings Tenor 1 A. You can find more video demonstrations by Collings artists on our videos page.
This MT2 V features a one-piece flamed maple back, tortoise bindings with purfling, and a tangerine sunburst finish. See the complete specs and 18 new photos in our custom gallery.
Collings 360 ST
New Mandolin Model: Collings MF Deluxe
New for 2013, we are very excited to introduce the MF Deluxe mandolin. Based on our popular MF model, the MF Deluxe combines premium tonewoods, meticulous workmanship and striking upgraded aesthetics that are sure to stand out on stage.
The MF Deluxe features a glossy nitrocellulose lacquer top and peghead veneer with a satin finish on the back, sides and neck. Grained ivoroid bindings on the body, fingerboard and peghead are complimented by a matching ebony pickguard to provide an added level of trim previously available only on our fully appointed models at an affordable price point.
Collings 360 ST
New Electric Guitar Model: Collings 360 ST
New for 2013, we are proud to announce the Collings 360 ST. As our first venture into single-coil/tremolo territory, we were determined to break new ground with this guitar and are very excited to have things dialed in just right. While the body shape originates from the standard 360 model, the 360 ST has been fully redesigned for a long 25.5" scale, Gotoh tremolo bridge, and three custom Lollar Blackface single-coil pickups with 5-way switching. We've also developed a brand new soft "V" neck profile that provides more comfortable access to the upper frets. The 360 ST is available in both alder and swamp ash bodies and as a standard features a flamed maple neck.
Collings OM42 Acoustic Guitar
Guitar Interactive Magazine Reviews the Collings OM42
Guitar Interactive Magazine recently reviewed the Collings OM42 and gave it an "off the scale!" rating. You can find the online article and video demonstration here. Reviewer Rick Graham calls the OM42 "A truly stunning musical instrument."
Collings 290 DC Electric Guitar
Standard Magazine visits Collings Guitars
Austin-based design magazine Standard recently visited our shop to profile some of the design elements that go into how we make our instruments! You can read the full story and check out some of their excellent behind-the-scenes photos here.
Collings 290 DC Electric Guitar
Guitar Player Reviews the Collings 290 DC
Read Guitar Player Magazine's review of the new 290 DC and see why it recieved an "Editor's Pick Award". According to reviewer Matt Blackett - "For what it is, the 290 DC might just be the perfect guitar."
Collings OM42 A VN Cut Varnish
New Electric Guitar Model: Collings Eastside LC Deluxe
New for 2013, the Eastside LC Deluxe is a fully appointed hollow body archtop featuring upscale appointments and our signature laminate construction. We've added a bound fingerboard and peghead, as well as elegant bound S-holes and ebony pickguard. We've also created our own custom inlaid ebony knobs and a sleek Bakelite pickup ring for the Lollar high-wind Imperial humbucker.
Collings OM42 A VN Cut Varnish
New Acoustic Guitar Model: Collings CJ35
Available with a mahogany back and slope-shouldered body, this new variation of our CJ model incorporates a non-scalloped bracing configuration featuring three tone bars and a short 24 7/8" scale length. This new design provides the CJ35 with a beautiful balance of deep piano-like bass and powerful full-bodied highs, complimented by a focused dynamic range for exceptionally even note projection. As a result, the CJ35 is one of our most versatile large-bodied guitars, well suited to both fingerstyle and strumming techniques.
Collings OM42 A VN Cut Varnish
New Acoustic Guitar Model: Collings 03 Maple 12-String
We are excited to announce not only our first new acoustic body size since 2006, but also our first 12-string model since the early nineties. This new 12-fret 0 body size features an elegant slotted peghead, 1 7/8" nut width, and comfortable 24 7/8" scale length. We unveiled this 3-style maple/Sitka 12-string prototype at NAMM last month, which was very well received. We're also offering this body size in a 6-string version with slotted peghead, 1 13/16" nut width, and a pyramid-style bridge. We've added 14 new photos to the custom gallery.
Collings OM42 A VN Cut Varnish
Featured Custom Acoustic Guitar: Collings OM42 A VN Cut Varnish
The latest instrument to catch our attention was this custom OM42 featuring an Adirondack spruce top, varnish finish, "Vintage Now" neck, flowerpot peghead inlay and an elegant cutaway. We've added 15 new photos to the custom gallery.
Collings Clinic at Dave Mann Music
Collings Clinic in Nottingham, UK - Tuesday, March 27th

One of our top UK dealers Dave Mann Music is hosting a Collings clinic on Tuesday, March 27th in Nottingham at The Guitar Bar @ Deux. This will be an amazing, rare opportunity to see Collings General Manager Steve McCreary and Customer Service/Repair Manager Mark Althans in the UK. See a mouthwatering selection of instruments courtesy of Dave Mann and have all your Collings-related questions answered directly from the source. Also, attending will be our friend Neville Marten, who has spent many years with Guitarist and Guitar Techniques magazines, and is now editor at large for the magazine publisher Future Music. Champagne Reception from 7pm.

Space is limited so please contact Dave Mann Music at 0115 9417955 for tickets and availability.

Dave Mann Music
123-125 Mansfield Rd
Nottingham NG1 3FQ
PH: 0115 9417955

Collings I-35 LC Electric Guitar
iGuitar Reviews the I-35 LC
Take an in-depth look at the our newest semi-hollow electric guitar at iGuitar, a cutting edge digital publication. To quote the the magazine's editor Michael Casswell, "it doesn't get any better than this."
Collings SoCo Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric
Guitar Afficionado Reviews the SoCo Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric
Read the recent SoCo Deluxe review from the March/April 2011 issue of Guitar Afficionado magazine. GA's Adam Perlmutter describes the semi-hollow guitar as "a jack of all trades that proved to be a master of all."
Collings D1 G SB Acoustic Guitar
Featured Custom Acoustic Guitar: Collings D1 G SB
Based on our popular workhorse D1 model, this custom example is adorned with our "1-style" sunburst finish and a stunning abalone "Torch" inlay in the peghead. We've added 16 new photos to the custom gallery.
Collings C10 Mh SB
Featured Custom Acoustic Guitar: Collings C10 Mh SB
This C10 Mh SB features Honduran mahogany top/back/sides with a gorgeous full body sunburst. The even balance and controlled response of all-mahogany construction is both captivating for the player and a recording engineer's delight.
Austin City Limits
Collings Featured in Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
We are honored to be featured as the cover story of the March issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. The five page article by David McCarty includes interviews with Bill Collings and Steve McCreary. Click here to read the full article.
Collings MT Mandola
The New MT Mandola is Now Available
We are pleased to announce the release of our satin finish MT Mandola. With a comfortable 15.9" scale length, it can be played just like a mandolin, but the low C string adds a whole new dimension of musical possibilities.
Austin City Limits
Collings Guitars on Austin City Limits
Collings artists will be appearing on the next four consecutive tapings of Austin City Limits (PBS). Keep an eye out for Collings instruments played by Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Earl Keen, Steve Martin w/ Steep Canyon Rangers and Sarah Jarosz, Roseanne Cash and John Levanthal with Brandi Carlile.
Collings SoCo Deluxe Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
Featured Custom Electric Guitar
We combined a single wax-potted high wind Lollar Imperial humbucker with a TonePros wrap-around bridge for a sraight ahead yet sophisticated rock 'n roll guitar. Visit our custom electric guitar gallery to see this guitar along with other custom guitars, mandolins and ukuleles.
Collings SoCo Deluxe Custom Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
New Custom Gallery Instruments Added
We've added 12 new examples of custom guitars, mandolins, and ukuleles to our online custom gallery. Check back often to see the latest additions and learn about newly added custom options and finishes.
Collings Handmade Mandola
Introducing the New MT2 Mandola
We are pleased to announce the release of the new MT2 Mandola. With a comfortable 15.9" scale length, it can be played just like a mandolin, but the low C string adds a whole new dimension of musical possibilities.
Collings Handmade Tenor Ukulele
Collings 360 receives Premier Gear Award
We are now offering our full line of handmade ukuleles in both concert and tenor sizes. You can expect the same quality of tone and craftsmanship as our guitars, only in a smaller package.
NAMM Best in Show Logo
Collings Named "Best in Show" at NAMM
A panel of industry professionals at the 2009 Summer NAMM show honored Collings Guitars with its "Best in Show" award. Thanks to all of those who supported the NAMM show by attending.
Collings 360 Electric Guitar
Collings 360 receives Premier Gear Award
The July 2009 issue of Premier Guitar magazine awarded the Collings 360 with the distinguished Premier Gear Award and a rating of 5.0 (highest possible rating). Click here for the full text review and video review.
London International Music Show 09
Collings to exhibit in London - June 11 - 14
We'll be joining over 140 exhibitors at the 2009 London International Music Show from June 11th - 14th. Aside from the dozens of live concerts, seminars, and master classes by the likes of Steve Vai, we'll have a number of Collings acoustics and electrics on display.
Collings 360
New Model: Collings 360 electric released!
We are pleased to announce the release of the new 360 electric model. We've fitted this sleek body with Lollar mini-humbuckers for a whole new tone experience. For more information about this model and available options, please visit our electrics page.
Collings MF5 O
Check out the new MF5 O
Oval hole mandolin players seem to be taking the world by storm. After numberous requests for an F-style oval hole, we've added the new MF5 O to our mandolin line up. With select tonewoods and elegant appointments, this mandolin is truly a class act.
Collings Ukuleles
Did someone say Collings ukuleles?
That's right. The rumors are true. Bill Collings has been talking about building ukuleles for years, and they've finally become a reality. The first ukes will be arriving in stores in April 2009. More details to be announced soon.
Quilted Maple
Wood Update: New Maple Shipment Received
We've just received a new shipment of stunning quilted and flame maple from our top secret source. If you've been dreaming up the ultimate electric guitar, this is a great time to put together a custom order.
Shop Tour
Take our new Virtual Shop Tour
Check out our new virtual shop tour. We would love to show you around the shop in person, but if you don't have the opportunity to visit our shop in Austin, you can still see where great guitars and mandolins are born.
Collings Forum Gathering
A Special Thanks to the Collings Forum
We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the members of the unofficial Collings Forum who made the pilgrimage to Austin for the 7th annual Collings Forum Gathering. Collings fans from around the country spent the afternoon touring our shop and visiting with Bill (after a healthy serving of Austin's famous Salt Lick BBQ, of course). Pat Skrovan of Quincy's Guitars and Kevin Davis of Hill Country Guitars also deserve special mention for being such gracious hosts and contributing to the weekend's success.
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