Collings Arch Top Guitar AT-16 Cutaway # 81
Bill Collings and his team of skilled luthiers build custom handmade acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and ukuleles in Austin, Texas. Over the past 40 years, Collings Guitars has set the standard for quality, tone, and playability amidst a number of fine (and somewhat exclusive), guitar companies and independent builders.
In a low production environment, Bill Collings has created a culture that lives and breathes attention to detail. Collings’ reputation for quality construction and consistency is internationally known, and has earned the patronage of some of the world’s most accomplished artists, performers, and discerning players. There mission is to deliver heirloom quality instruments that will provide a lifetime of value and enjoyment.
Built in very limited numbers, the Collings 16" archtops are a rarity among modern archtop models in that they are designed to be played as acoustic guitars. Based on the earliest American f-hole archtops of the 1920s, they have a warm and balanced response that has converted many flattop players to the clarity, projection, and immediate response that an archtop instrument can provide. The simple appointments of this sleek guitar, highlighted by the gracefully shaded finish, prove that less can indeed be more.
One of the rarest and most labor intensive instruments in their line up, Bill Colling's elaborately appointed 16" archtops represent the pinnacle of Collings craftsmanship. From the voluptuous curves to the seamless intersection of the neck and cutaway, every last detail sings quality. Our AT-16 Cutaway built for the 2015 Winter NAMM show heralds as a hallmark example of forty years of dedication and craft, celebrated in this - their 81st archtop guitar.
This AT-16 is very robust, offering full control over your musical performance. Whether played for subtle nuance or distinctive single note runs, acoustic projection is above average for most any solid wood arch top guitar we have played.
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Top Wood: Italian Spruce
Back Wood: Premium Flamed Maple
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Neck Wood: Maple
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Ebony
Bridge: Custom Floating Ebony with Nickel Trapeze Style Tailpiece
Tuners: Gold Schaller Tuners with Ebony Buttons
Purfling: Black / White Top Purfling
Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Headstock Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Pickguard: Custom Grained Ivoroid Bound Ebony Pick Guard
Headstock Shape: Haircut Headstock with 15 Degree Angle
Headstock Overlay: Ebony with Mother of Pearl Collings Logo Inlay
Frets To Body: 14
Neck Profile: Medium Fat "C" Neck Shape
Body Depth: 2-3/4"
Lower Bout Width: 16"
Upper Bout Width: 12"
Waist: Approximately 9-1/2"
Body Length: 20-1/2"
Case: Custom Claton
Misc. 1: Slim Contour Bound "F" Holes
Misc. 2: Arch Top Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint
Misc. 3: 14" to 26" Compound Fingerboard Radius
Misc. 4: Fully Adjustable Truss Rod
Misc. 5: D'Addario EJ17 Strings .013" to 0.056" with Wound G