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Collings custom woods, materials, body designs and options.

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As a Specialist Collings custom build partner we can help you pick your way through the vast list of options and specifications. Don't be put off by the huge selection on offer as it may be more straightforward than you think and choice can only be a good thing. With such a range of custom build possibility we would love to hear from you with any questions or ideas that you have. We can not only help you to build the guitar of your dreams... we can also help you enjoy the ordering process and get you a great all round deal. Just pick up the phone or send us an email for information !

To quote Bill Collings- “There are three things that go into a great guitar: the design, the craftsmanship, and the wood. If you have great wood but not a great design or great craftsmanship, you’ll get a dead guitar. If you have bad wood, your guitar will be okay but never great.”  To attain these three elements, Bill has combined his woodworking and machining experience with his highly developed aesthetic sensibility, allowing him to create designs that are equally artistic, musical and functional.  Rather than build instruments by himself in small numbers, Bill was drawn to the unique production challenge of combining the highest levels of consistency with all the benefits of hand-crafting and voicing.  Combining modern CNC technology with the best of vintage instrument-making techniques, Bill has created instruments that embody both incredible precision and immense “soul”. 

Top Options
  • Sitka Spruce
  • European Spruce
  • Adirondack Spruce
  • Englemann Spruce
  • Mahogany
  • Koa

Peghead Inlay Options
  • Torch
  • Flowerpot
  • Vine
  • Flourish
  • Rose
  • Modern Diamond
  • Broken Glass
Back & Side Options
  • Mahogany
  • East Indian Rosewood
  • European Maple
  • Koa

Fingerboard Inlay Options
  • 42-Style Snowflakes
  • 45-Style Snowflakes
  • Tree of Life
  • Mom Inlays
  • Modern Diamonds
  • Broken Glass
  • No Fingerboard Inlays
Binding & Trim Options
  • Peghead Binding
  • Fingerboard Binding
  • Maple Bindings
  • Koa Bindings
  • Rosewood Bindings
  • Herringbone Trim
  • 3-Style Backstrip
  • 41-Style Top Border
  • 42-Style Top Border
  • Abalone Rosette
  • Tortoise-Style Pickguard
  • Dalmation Pickguard
  • Tigerstripe Pickguard

Neck Profile & Bridge Options
  • 1 11/16" Nut Width
  • 1 3/4" Nut Width
  • 1 23/32" Nut Width
  • 1 13/16" Nut Width (12-fret only)
  • 24 7/8" Short Scale
  • "Vintage Now" Neck & Bridge
  • Vintage Neck & Bridge
  • Volute
  • Pyramid Bridge
  • Belly Bridge
  • Cutthrough Saddle

Finish Options
  • Sunburst Top
  • Full Body Sunburst
  • Western Shaded Top
  • Varnish Finish
  • Walnut Stain (mahogany guitars)
  • Satin Neck
  • Doghair (black w/ white grainfill, mahogany guitars)
  • Jet Black

*Not all of the options shown here are available for all models, contact us to confirm the availability of the configuration you are looking for.

Tuner Options
  • Nickel Waverly Tuners
  • Gold Waverly Tuners
  • Ivoroid Buttons
  • Vintage Ivoroid Buttons
  • Vintage Oval Buttons
  • Ebony Buttons
  • Snakewood Buttons
  • Engraved Buttons
  • 3-on-plate Engraved Bronze Waverly (slothead only)

Design Options
  • Cutaway
  • Deep Body (C10 / OM)
  • Adirondack Braces
  • No Tongue Brace