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.
Archtop guitars have always been a staple in jazz music throughout the 20th century and have continued their solid staying power well into the modern day jazz circuit. With their fast decay and lack of overtones, Archtops are the perfect guitar for the tempo & key changes that are always so historically common in Jazz music.
Collings is no stranger to the Archtop market. Making a very small limited number of them in their entire company lifetime so far. Bill Collings often would treat them like after hours work, guitars he could produce in his spare time. These guitars are so meticulously built and carved the into the correct shape, as opposed to many builders who use alcohol, water and steam mixed with a laminate, to produce a more affordable guitar for a fraction of the price and quality. This Collings Archtop has no parallel in the instrument market today.
Custom Appointments on this guitar include Tortoise binding throughout the Body, Fretboard, and Headstock, and an Italian Spruce top with Koa back & sides.
This guitar is pre owned with some light headstock scratches, and minor fret wear.
Top Wood: Italian Spruce
Back Wood: Koa
Scale: 25 1/2"
Inlays: MOP Dot
Neck Wood: Figured Maple
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Ebony
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"
Bridge: Ebony Adjustable
Tuners: Waverly Open Gear w/ Ebony Buttons
Body Binding: Tortoise
Fretboard Binding: Tortoise
Headstock Binding: Tortoise
Pickguard: Ebony w/ Tortoise Binding
Headstock Inlay: MOP Logo
Neck Profile: C
Case: Calton Hard Case Black/Grey in Grey Case Cover
Misc. 1: Sunburst Finish