After Bill Collings’ passing last July, we wanted to build an instrument to pay tribute to him and to show the world that we would be continuing on the trail that he’d blazed for us over many years. One of the most rare and coveted instruments we offer is a carved acoustic archtop guitar, which Bill Collings built personally over much of his career.
As a tribute to our mentor and friend, we are proud to present this special edition AT 16 featuring a round soundhole, extremely rare flamed mahogany back, sides and neck with an Eastern Red (Adirondack) spruce top. The guitar is modeled after an archtop built by Bill Collings back in 1983, which currently belongs to Collings’ long-time GM Steve McCreary. Bill always had an affinity for this guitar and had plans to build a few more like it before he passed. To us, this is more than just a guitar. It’s a symbol of what a committed group of people can accomplish when they hold a shared vision. That’s what Bill was striving for when he founded the company and what he instilled in everyone who worked beside him. In turn, we’ve included a special commemorative label with the signature of each person who had a hand in the guitar, including the lead builder Aaron Huff.
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