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 - Cream Gloss Top & Cream Pickguard

    Collings Custom MT2 Mandola - Cream Gloss Top & Cream Pickguard

    £5,175.00
     
    In stock
    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 Mandolin - Gloss Top USED

    Collings MT Mandolin - Gloss Top USED

    Out of stock
    In excellent condition, a great price and with Collings quoting lead times into 2023 a rarity. A very rare opportunity.

    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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