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June 10, 2014 | New Collings Tenor Guitar line

We were excited to see the Mandolin Cafe interview with Collings Guitar manager and industry veteran Steve McCreary on their journey into the new line of tenor guitars. Other than the overpriced vintage Martin market and the entry level import guitars, there really hasn't been much out there to acquire, and of course virtually zero middle ground.

The 1G appears to be on the high end, so we're not seeing an intermediate instrument, but we're just glad to see some attention paid to this. Tuned CGDA like a mandola (sometimes string with lighter strings for octave tuning), the tenor guitar offers the volume of the traditional arch and flat-top guitar with the 5ths tuning, making it an ideal accompaniment instrument.

We had the privilege of a private tour of the Collings factory in 2006 during the Summer NAMM show in Austin, Texas. Needless-to-say, we were pretty blown away by the operation.

We'll be excited to see how these tenors are received. Meantime, read the article (includes video demonstration!):
The Story Behind Collings Tenor Guitars with Steve McCreary


Collings Tour 2006 with Paul Glasse and Scott Tichenor.



Posted by Ted at June 10, 2014 7:00 PM

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