The Twelfth Fret ~ Since 1977 ~

Collings


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.  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.  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. By this time musicians such as Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell and Brian May were playing Collings instruments and demand continued to grow.

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.

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.

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.

In late 2014, Collings started production of Waterloo Guitars, a stand-alone line of vintage-inspired guitars designed to capture the tone and character of some of the best depression era instruments.

For the past 40 years, Collings Guitars have been the choice of musicians who seek the finest handmade instruments available.

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Collings at The Twelfth Fret

  • Collings OM1A Julian Lage Signature Guitar, 2018 Brand: Collings - The Twelfth Fret
    New! Collings OM1A Julian Lage Signature Guitar, 2018
  • Collings MT Mandolin Blonde Top, 2018 - The Twelfth Fret
    Collings MT Mandolin Blonde Top, 2018
  • Collings 001 Mh Mahogany Steel String Guitar, 2012 - The Twelfth Fret
    Collings 001 Mh Mahogany Steel String Guitar, 2012
  • Collings D2H - The Twelfth Fret
    Collings D2H Spruce and Rosewood Dreadnought
  • Collings CJ-35 Slope Shouldered Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 2014
  • Collings OM2H Steel String Guitar - The Twelfth Fret
    Collings OM2H Steel String Guitar
  • Collings OM2H-T Traditional Steel String Guitar - The Twelfth Fret
    Collings OM2H-T Traditional Steel String Guitar
  • Collings D2H Standard Sitka Spruce Top - The Twelfth Fret
    Collings D2H Standard Sitka Spruce Top
  • SOLD!!! Waterloo Jumbo King Steel String WL-JK by Collings, Sunburst 2016
  • Waterloo WL-14LTR by Collings, 2017 Black - the Twelfth Fret
    Waterloo WL-14LTR by Collings, 2017 Black
  • Waterloo WL-K Southwest by Collings - The Twelfth Fret
    SOLD!!! Waterloo WL-K Southwest by Collings, 2017
  • Collings UC2 Ukulele TV Yellow, 2012 - The Twelfth Fret
    SOLD!!! Collings UC2 Ukulele TV Yellow, 2012
  • 2017 Collings MT2 A-Style Mandolin
  • SOLD!!! 2017 Collings OM1-T Traditional Series Orchestra Model Acoustic Guitar
  • SOLD!!! 2015 Collings D1A Dreadnought Steel String Guitar
  • Collings CJ MH A SS SB Short Scale Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2008 - The Twelfth Fret
    REDUCED! Collings CJ MH A SS SB Short Scale Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2008
  • 2017 Collings OM1 Deep Body Custom Steel String Guitar
  • Just Arrived - Collings 01E
  • Collings OM1 ESS Englemann Short Scale Steel String
  • Collings MT2 Mandolin
  • Collings MT2 Mandolin
  • Collings 01E Steel String Acoustic Guitar
  • Collings OM1 E SS Englemann Short Scale Steel String Acoustic
  • Collings OM2H Orchestra Model Cutaway
  • Collings CJ-35 GSB German Spruce Sunburst Acoustic *SOLD*
  • Collings Ukulele UC1-K (Discontinued)
  • Collings C10
  • Collings C10 Mahogany Burst
  • Collings SJ
  • Collings CW Indian - SOLD
  • Collings MF5 Mandolin
  • (NO LONGER AVAILABLE) Collings UC1 Koa Concert Ukulele
  • Collings DS1 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Collings SJ Indian
  • SOLD!!! Collings OM-1 2012
  • Collings MTO GT
  • Collings OM1
  • Collings Guitars
  • Collings UC-2 Ukulele NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! Collings MTO Blackface Mandolin
  • Collings C10 Deluxe
  • NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! Collings Model 290 TV Yellow
  • Collings City Limits CL Deluxe
  • Collings I-35 Deluxe
  • NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! Collings AT 16 Archtop
  • Collings MT2 Varnish Mandolin
  • Collings Custom MT Mandolin
  • Collings Custom MT Blackface Mandolin
  • Collings MF5 F-Style Mandolin
  • Collings MT-20 Oval Hole Mandolin
  • Collings OM1H Custom
  • Collings D3
  • Collings D1H
  • SOLD Collings OM2H E Custom Cutaway
  • Colling OM1 Custom Deep Body
  • Collings 00 Mahogany

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