My guitar and bass collection



Keeping Austin weird but with a lot of tradition

The late Bill Collings (August 9, 1948 -- July 14, 2017) had a passion for building guitar. Starting out in the mid-1970s, he became part of the renaissance of acoustic guitar building, exemplified by people like Dana Bourgeois, Richard Hoover (Santa Cruz guitars) Jean Larrivée, Linda Manzer, and Bob Taylor to name a few. What all of these builders have in common is their drive to (re)create great flattops and/or archtop guitars inspired by the great instruments of yore whether they be Gibson, Stromberg, D’Angelico, or from that venerable company, now from Nazareth, PA, C.F. Martin. Instead of me rehashing Bill’s journey into the business, how he grew his Austin, TX based company, and expanded it into building a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, why not just read this history and watch the video on the same page? But let it be noted Bill is responsible for one of the 24 archtop guitars in Scott Chenery’s Blue Collection, has built banjos and ukuleles, ventured into the 1920-1940 mail catalog flattop guitars with his Waterloo line (replicating simple but effective construction akin to the Harmony H169 Buck Owens), built his own cases, and is responsible for some of the most revered mandolins in the business. And all this without paying artists to endorse the brand, i.e. if you see Lyle Lovett, Julian Lage, Bill Frisell, Audley Freed, or Charlie Sexton appear in an ad, they allegedly all paid for their instrument themselves.

Collings acoustic guitars (L-to-R):

2017 Collings 02H SB 12-string, 2004 Collings 0002HA SB Cut, 2004 Collings D2HA.

Collings folk instruments (L-to-R):

2015 UT1, 2009 MT, 2009 UC1 prototype, 2011 Collings UT1K.