Miscellaneous Rumbles

Merle Haggard on Marty Stuart

1

I have played a couple of them. They were very nice. but, I wasn't blown away. I dont think they are that much better than what they copy to warrant the price.

I never looked, many used ones around?

2

You pay a premium for a very good guitar made in the states by skilled craftsmen.

Collings definitely makes some good stuff. The price is a turnoff for me.

3

To my mind, the build quality and consistency of the Collings electrics that I've played over recent years has far surpassed that of another well known maker (I'll not name names!!). I think the fit, finish and quality of materials/components is very high. However, whether a 290 is a good choice for an individual player will depend on personal preference eg neck profiles, fret types, fingerboard radius etc. The 290 fits my hand really nicely... so I like them... on the other hand, I've played plenty of other well made, toneful instruments that simply weren't suited to my hand.... so I'd strongly recommend that you try a few different Collings models (290, 360, i35, City Limits) and decide which one suits you best. I've seen quite a few coming up on the second hand market in the USA.

By the way, I think the tonal variation that can be achieved with a 290 (and a good amp) make it quite a versatile beast.

4

I toured the collings factory.

wow great instruments and great quality control. if you want a high end usa made guitar you can't go wrong.

bill collings is an interesting guy


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