Collings Mandolins

Collings Mandolins

Bill Collings moved from Ohio to Houston, Texas in the mid-1970s. More interested in guitars and engineering than in medical school, he took a job at a machine shop and began building guitars on his kitchen table with just a few hand tools. Coming from a family of engineers, Bill’s experience as a craftsman and his natural curiosity equipped him to experiment and quickly improve his craft. Before long his instruments were in the hands of local talents Rick Gordon and Lyle Lovett, which led more Texas players to seek out Bill for custom guitars. After building about fifty guitars and a few banjos in Houston, he headed west to pursue lutherie in southern California. Along the way, he befriended Austin luthiers Tom Ellis and Mike Stevens. Having found like-minded instrument makers, Bill decided to stay and share space in Tom’s shop. By the mid-1980s, Bill was building flattop and archtop acoustic guitars in his own small shop. His reputation for outstanding quality and meticulous attention to detail quickly spread. In 1989, he rented a 1,000-square-foot space and hired two helpers.

That same year, George Gruhn, the acclaimed collector and purveyor of vintage fretted instruments and owner of Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, asked Bill to make 24 custom “Gruhn” guitars, giving the Austin luthier national exposure. In the spring of 1992, Bill moved his guitar-making operation into a 3,200-square-foot feed store he purchased on the outskirts of Austin. By this time musicians such as Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell and Brian May were playing Collings instruments and demand continued to grow. The existing shop tripled in size and its staff increased to 50 full-time employees. By 2005, Bill broke ground for a new 27,000-square-foot shop featuring CNC technology that modernized machining processes and made parts production more consistent, accurate and safe. As the business grew and processes were refined, one thing remained the same: Bill Collings’ commitment to build the finest stringed instruments available.

Fuelled by his fascination with the construction and design of a variety of instruments, Bill soon began crafting more than just acoustic guitars. In 1999, he introduced the first Collings mandolins, which like his guitars, quickly set new standards for the industry. In 2006 his interest in carved top instruments led him to introduce a line of electric guitars that players quickly embraced because of the instruments’ exceptional craftsmanship and tone. In 2009, with a nod to the tradition of some other high-end acoustic guitar makers, Bill created a line of concert and tenor ukuleles that have been hugely popular with professional and hobbyist players alike.

  1. Collings Custom MT2 Mandola with cream gloss top and cream pickguard

    Collings Custom MT2 Mandola with cream gloss top and cream pickguard

    £5,175.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £149.14 per month with 10% deposit
    Customised for TAMCO to my specifications, with incredible quilted maple back and sides, this is a very special mandola.

    All the depth and warmth you would expect from a great mandola but with the legendary Collings definition and projection. Yes you can have it all, resonance and clarity in one package. Mandolas don't get any better than this.

    Select Adirondack spruce top
    Select figured maple back, sides and neck
    Parallel tone bar bracing
    F-soundholes
    Ivoroid binding
    Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    Bound "Haircut" headstock
    13 Degree headstock angle
    Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
    Ebony fingerboard
    Mortise and tenon neck joint
    22-frets, neck joins the body at the 15th fret
    V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
    5 1/2"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
    1 11/16" Bone nut
    15.9" Scale length
    Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
    Fully adjustable truss rod
    Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
    Collings original one-piece nickel tailpiece
    Nickel tuners with black or pearl buttons
    Collings deluxe hardshell case

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  2. Collings MT

    Collings MT

    £2,995.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £86.31 per month with 10% deposit
    This is Collings' entry level mandolin but it has everything you would expect from Collings. It has great volume with a fantastic and powerful bluegrass chop, strong bass notes, warm and complex mids and clear trebles. Its much more than a bluegrass cannon with a very full tone that is great for all styles.

    Select Englemann spruce top
    Select figured maple back, sides and neck
    Parallel tone bar bracing
    F-soundholes
    Tortoise top binding
    Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    Unbound "Haircut" headstock
    13 Degree headstock angle
    Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
    Ebony fingerboard
    Mortise and tenon neck joint
    22-frets, neck joins the body at the 15th fret
    V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
    5 1/2"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
    1 1/8" Bone nut
    13 7/8" Scale length
    Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
    Fully adjustable truss rod
    Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
    Collings original one-piece nickel tailpiece
    Nickel tuners with black or pearl buttons
    Recommended string gauge - D'Addario J-74 (.011"-.040")
    Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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  3. Collings MT with black gloss top and ivoroid binding

    Collings MT with black gloss top and ivoroid binding

    £3,095.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £89.19 per month with 10% deposit
    Gorgeous blacktop from the team in Texas! This beauty has the renowned Collings f hole sound, its very powerful with great chop and cut and a deep and warm resonant tone, only the best mandolins have both. It responds fantastically to a hard pick or the lightest touch, sweet and mellow or a bluegrass cannon, take your pick (pun intended).

    Select Englemann spruce top
    Select figured maple back, sides and neck
    Parallel tone bar bracing
    F-soundholes
    Ivoroid top binding
    Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish with gloss top
    Unbound "Haircut" headstock
    13 Degree headstock angle
    Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
    Ebony fingerboard
    Mortise and tenon neck joint
    22-frets, neck joins the body at the 15th fret
    V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
    5 1/2"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
    1 1/8" Bone nut
    13 7/8" Scale length
    Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
    Fully adjustable truss rod
    Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
    Collings original one-piece nickel tailpiece
    Nickel tuners with black or pearl buttons
    Recommended string gauge - D'Addario J-74 (.011"-.040")
    Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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  4. Collings MT with cream gloss top, purfling and ivoroid binding

    Collings MT with cream gloss top, purfling and ivoroid binding

    £3,195.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £92.08 per month with 10% deposit
    I like Collings cream top finish so much that I have ordered it for my custom mandola (and being greedy on a Girouard mandola as well). To use one of my favourite Clichés it sounds as good as it looks. Fantastic in all departments, rich, full and well defined in the bass department, sweet and warm in the mids and clear and rich trebles. A mandolin for all occasions and all styles.

    Select Englemann spruce top
    Select figured maple back, sides and neck
    Parallel tone bar bracing
    F-soundholes
    Ivoroid top binding
    Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish with gloss top
    Unbound "Haircut" headstock
    13 Degree headstock angle
    Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
    Ebony fingerboard
    Mortise and tenon neck joint
    22-frets, neck joins the body at the 15th fret
    V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
    5 1/2"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
    1 1/8" Bone nut
    13 7/8" Scale length
    Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
    Fully adjustable truss rod
    Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
    Collings original one-piece nickel tailpiece
    Nickel tuners with black or pearl buttons
    Recommended string gauge - D'Addario J-74 (.011"-.040")
    Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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  5. Collings MTO with sheraton brown gloss top

    Collings MTO with sheraton brown gloss top

    £3,375.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £97.26 per month with 10% deposit
    This is unbelievably loud. If you are looking for the richness and depth of a great oval hole mandolin and volume and power to match any f holed mandolin, look no further. This beauty has all the resonance and warmth you would expect from an oval holed mandolin but with great volume and projection.

    Add Collings' usual impeccable workmanship and beautiful woods and you have an amazing mandolin.

    Select Englemann spruce top
    Select figured maple back, sides and neck
    X-bracing
    Tortoise-style top binding
    Tortoise rosette and bound soundhole
    Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    Unbound "Haircut" headstock
    13 Degree headstock angle
    Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
    Ebony fingerboard
    Mortise and tenon neck joint
    22 frets, neck joins the body at the 13th fret
    V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
    7"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
    1 3/16" Bone nut
    13 7/8" Scale length
    Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
    Fully adjustable truss rod
    Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
    Collings original one-piece nickel tailpiece
    Nickel or gold tuners with black or pearl buttons
    Recommended string gauge - D'Addario J-74 (.011"-.040")
    Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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  6. Collings MT Mandola with gloss top

    Collings MT Mandola with gloss top

    £3,675.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £105.91 per month with 10% deposit
    All the depth and warmth you would expect from a great mandola but with the legendary Collings definition and projection. Yes you can have it all, resonance and clarity in one package.

    Top Adirondack spruce
    Back/Sides/Neck Eastern flamed maple
    Soundhole F-holes
    Body Binding Tortoise (top)
    Fingerboard Binding None
    Peghead Binding None
    Bracing Tone bars
    Bridge Ebony w/ Adjustable Saddle
    Fingerboard Ebony w/ MOP dots
    Nut 1 5/16"
    String Spacing 1 11/16"
    Neck Profile Rounded V
    Neck Joint Dovetail
    Frets Medium 18% nickel-silver
    Truss Rod Fully Adjustable
    Peghead Veneer Ebony w/ MOP Collings logo
    Tuners Nickel Gotoh w/ black buttons
    Scale Length 15.9"
    Fingerboard Radius 7" - 15" compound
    Body Finish Satin nitrocellulose lacquer
    Pickguard None
    Tailpiece Collings original tailpiece
    Strings D'Addario EJ76 (.015" - .052")
    Case Deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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  7. Collings MT Mandola with black gloss top ivoroid binding

    Collings MT Mandola with black gloss top ivoroid binding

    £3,775.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £108.79 per month with 10% deposit
    All the depth and warmth you would expect from a great mandola but with the legendary Collings definition and projection. Yes you can have it all, resonance and clarity in one package.

    Top Adirondack spruce
    Back/Sides/Neck Eastern flamed maple
    Soundhole F-holes
    Body Binding Tortoise (top)
    Fingerboard Binding None
    Peghead Binding None
    Bracing Tone bars
    Bridge Ebony w/ Adjustable Saddle
    Fingerboard Ebony w/ MOP dots
    Nut 1 5/16"
    String Spacing 1 11/16"
    Neck Profile Rounded V
    Neck Joint Dovetail
    Frets Medium 18% nickel-silver
    Truss Rod Fully Adjustable
    Peghead Veneer Ebony w/ MOP Collings logo
    Tuners Nickel Gotoh w/ black buttons
    Scale Length 15.9"
    Fingerboard Radius 7" - 15" compound
    Body Finish Satin nitrocellulose lacquer
    Pickguard None
    Tailpiece Collings original tailpiece
    Strings D'Addario EJ76 (.015" - .052")
    Case Deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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  8. Collings MT2

    Collings MT2

    £3,850.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £110.95 per month with 10% deposit
    Collings' top of the range A model, stunning woods, immaculate workmanship and oh that Collings tone. It has a very clear sound with great depth, balance and one of the loudest chops I've heard. It has that amazing combination of warmth/resonance and projection, great for bluegrass and almost anything else.

    Select Adirondack spruce top
    Premium figured maple back, sides and neck
    Parallel tone bar bracing
    F-soundholes
    Grained ivoroid top/back/neck & peghead binding
    Black/white purflings
    Full high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    Bound "Haircut" headstock
    13 Degree headstock angle
    Ebony peghead overlay w/Collings logo and flourish inlay
    Ebony fingerboard
    Mortise and tenon neck joint
    22-frets, neck joins the body at the 15th fret
    V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
    5 1/2"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
    1 1/8" Bone nut
    13 7/8" Scale length
    Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
    Fully adjustable truss rod
    Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
    Collings original one-piece nickel or gold tailpiece
    Nickel or gold tuners with black or pearl buttons
    Recommended string gauge - D'Addario J-74 (.011"-.040")
    Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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  9. Collings MT with gloss top

    Collings MT with gloss top

    £3,215.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £92.65 per month with 10% deposit
    This beauty has the renowned Collings f hole sound, its very powerful with great chop and cut and a deep and warm resonant sound, only the best mandolins have both. It responds fantastically to a hard pick or the lightest touch, sweet and mellow or a bluegrass cannon, take your pick (pun intended).

    Select Englemann spruce top
    Select figured maple back, sides and neck
    Parallel tone bar bracing
    F-soundholes
    Tortoise top binding
    Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish with gloss top
    Unbound "Haircut" headstock
    13 Degree headstock angle
    Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
    Ebony fingerboard
    Mortise and tenon neck joint
    22-frets, neck joins the body at the 15th fret
    V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
    5 1/2"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
    1 1/8" Bone nut
    13 7/8" Scale length
    Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
    Fully adjustable truss rod
    Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
    Collings original one-piece nickel tailpiece
    Nickel tuners with black or pearl buttons
    Recommended string gauge - D'Addario J-74 (.011"-.040")
    Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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  10. Collings MTO with gloss top

    Collings MTO with gloss top

    Out of stock
    'Modern' oval hole sound with all the depth and richness you would want from an oval holed mandolin but with great volume, clarity and projection. It even has a good bluegrass chop, rare in oval holed mandolin and It also has the gloss top upgrade.

    Collings usual impeccable workmanship and beautiful woods, this is a stunning mandolin.

    Select Englemann spruce top
    Select figured maple back, sides and neck
    X-bracing
    Tortoise-style top binding
    Tortoise rosette and bound soundhole
    Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    Unbound "Haircut" headstock
    13 Degree headstock angle
    Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
    Ebony fingerboard
    Mortise and tenon neck joint
    22 frets, neck joins the body at the 13th fret
    V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
    7"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
    1 3/16" Bone nut
    13 7/8" Scale length
    Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
    Fully adjustable truss rod
    Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
    Collings original one-piece nickel tailpiece
    Nickel or gold tuners with black or pearl buttons
    Recommended string gauge - D'Addario J-74 (.011"-.040")
    Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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  11. Collings MT with amber gloss top

    Collings MT with amber gloss top

    Out of stock
    Wow! This is a real stunner. And it sounds even better that it looks. Great for all styles, plenty of power, punch and chop for bluegrass and lots of depth and warmth, making it very versatile, it responds beautifully to a heavy pick or a light touch.

    Select Englemann spruce top
    Select figured maple back, sides and neck
    Parallel tone bar bracing
    F-soundholes
    Tortoise top binding
    Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish with gloss top
    Unbound "Haircut" headstock
    13 Degree headstock angle
    Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
    Ebony fingerboard
    Mortise and tenon neck joint
    22-frets, neck joins the body at the 15th fret
    V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
    5 1/2"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
    1 1/8" Bone nut
    13 7/8" Scale length
    Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
    Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
    Fully adjustable truss rod
    Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
    Collings original one-piece nickel tailpiece
    Nickel tuners with black or pearl buttons
    Recommended string gauge - D'Addario J-74 (.011"-.040")
    Collings deluxe hardshell case by TKL

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