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(USED) "Hey! That's my neck!"
Every guitar has a story, but this D2BaaA has a special one, to be sure!
For those Jimmy Page fans among you, let me tell you about this, perhaps the only, "Collings double-neck."
Once upon a time, just prior to Y2k, in the "before times," a customer visited the Collings shop, selected his own tonewoods, and asked for his Collings to be adorned with serial # 6161 in honor of Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited album. What resulted from that visit was a custom Collings D2BaaA guitar with the finest woods available at the time. He's a strong player, and it soon became his favorite guitar. As he and the guitar grew inseparable, he become tormented that he held back when ordering and did not take the plunge and add the decorative torch option to the headstock. Luckily, he happened into our shop one day while on a cross-country tour, purchased a Collings mandolin, and struck up a friendship.
After hearing his tale of woe about him lamenting not having ordered the torch on the headstock, I made it my mission to persuade Collings to make him a second neck, which they eventually did. I shipped the guitar back to Collings for the deluxe re-neck treatment. In order to preserve the Collings provenance, we had them add the Collings logo at the 12th fret, the first time we requested that option.
Collings was kind enough to let me keep the original neck, and for years, I used it here as a visual aid to showcase the superior Collings neck joint, and to demonstrate our various capo options.
Six years after the swap was completed, Bill Collings was in our shop for a visit, and what did he see but the spare neck sitting there on our bench! That is when the unforgettable quote that began this listing was uttered: "Hey! That's my neck!" I told him the story, and he remembered the guitar.
Interesting story notwithstanding, this is one hell of a dreadnought, built 20 years ago now in Austin, Texas, and featuring the best Adirondack spruce and most wild-grained, interesting Brazilian rosewood in the shop at the time. It was deemed slightly heavy, but with tap-tone to die for, it rang like a bell across the room, so it was the perfect candidate for this build. The results speak for themselves! This handsome dread has all the raw power and in-your-face dreadnought tone that any serious picker could ask for. It's not for the faint of heart.
It's a jam-dominating, take no prisoners flat picking machine.
Specs include: 1 23/32" nut width on Collings' standard modified V neck, with 2 3/16" string spacing at the bone cut-through saddle, cut-thru saddle with ebony bridge pins, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard (no inlay save the Collings logo at the 12th fret) and replacement stainless steel frets with no wear.
Appointments include: "21 style" tortoise binding with b/w/b purfling, and a fetching dalmatian pick guard (get it?) and theBrazilian rosewood peghead veneer with fine abalone torch inlay and the Collings log inlayed at the 12th fret. And she's got an ebony strap button and nickel Waverly tuners.
The condition is excellent, especially for its age, with one or two very minor (and almost imperceptible) finish impressions on the top, and a handful of pinhead-sized instances of fisheye and pore sink in the finish on the back and sides of the guitar. There a light pick marks on the pick guard. The setup and action are identical to a Collings dread leaving the factory today.
The sale includes a near-mint (a few scuffs) 2014 Calton case, gray with green interior - one of the first of the newly designed cases to emerge from the factory after Calton re-emerged in Austin, TX.
...and, call us, you might just be able convince us to include the spare neck! And then the story, and the guitar, can be yours!
"....The next time you see me comin', you better run"
Well, Abe said, "Where d'you want this killin' done?"
God said, "Out on Highway 61"
This fine guitar, featuring Brazilian Rosewood as it does, *cannot* be sold or shipped outside of the USA.
Serial #6161 (2000)
AMW Price: $9,800 w/ Calton Case (Online Checkout... call for cash price!)