New Instrument Review
November 6, 1999
Bill raises the bar - again
© Frank Ford, 1999; Photos by FF
When it comes to the "fit and finish" of a new instrument, Bill Collings just isn't about to take a back seat to anyone. So, knowing that, it's no surprise that the first Collings mandolins are as cleanly built as any I've seen. This kind of quality workmanship comes at a price, though. It's fully as expensive as any "A" style from that famous company. (The name escapes me, but I think it starts with a "G" or something.)
Unlike that famous maker whose quality is notoriously uneven, I think we'll be seeing a consistent production of high grade mandolins from Collings. He tells me he's working on developing the "F" model, by the way.
The specs are the usual: nicely carved and graduated maple back & sides, and spruce top. Full sunburst finish, ebony fingerboard and bridge, mitered purfling on all edges. As to the sound, this one is right in there, and, well, we each have our own taste. . .
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