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The Building Of A Great Guitar
Collings Custom Orchestra Model OM 3


I am an amateur guitar player. By that, I mean that I play more for my own enjoyment than for others. Even though I do not get to play as much as I would like and would not consider myself an accomplished player by any means, I chose to spend that precious time I do get to play on a fine acoustic guitar. I have a low-end Taylor Dreadnought (by no means low quality), as well as an inexpensive, but fine playing Hohner Maple guitar I keep at my office. But I decided to invest in a high quality Indian Rosewood acoustic guitar to get that pre-war Martin guitar sound I had only heard on a few guitars. I played a number of high-end Martins, Santa Cruz and Taylors and could not find one that spoke to me. Then I picked up a Collings and it was love at first strum. Not only that, but the Collings Guitar factory is right in my back yard. I worked with Pat at Quincy's Guitars to order my guitar, and had a chance to personally visit the Collings factory and pick out the woods for its construction. I have put together a few pictures that illustrates the building of a great guitar.


Old Collings Guitar Factory where the guitar was started. The guitar was finished in the new factory that opened in early 2006.

Old Collings Guitar Factory. The new factory is just down the road from the original location.

Indian Rosewood selected for the guitar back and sides

Indian Rosewood selected for the guitar back and sides

The Sitka Spruce selected for the guitar top

A stiffer Sitka Spruce was selected for the top to provide more volume as the guitar opens up

Bruce, the Wood man. He assisted me in selecting the woods for the guitar

Alex enters the guitar order in the summer of 2005

Steve puts the final touches on the guitar order

Bill Collings And Easyglide

The Guitar

The Guitar

The Guitar

The Guitar

The Guitar

The Guitar
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