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Elephants are one of the most magnificent creatures to ever wander this world. From deep family bonds to living in tight matriarchal family groups of related females, they are undeniably fascinating. They are incredibly intelligent with memories that span many years. They display signs of joy, anger, play, and even grief. This is only a tiny piece of what makes these animals so magical.View full article »
We love koa, you love koa, everyone is kookoo for koa. What is koa? Found on the big island of Hawaii and made from the Hawaiian acacia koa tree, this tropical hardwood blends the midrange of mahogany with the top end of maple. Due to its density, a new koa guitar often starts out sounding bright – but the more it is played, the more the sound opens up...View full article »
I can remember getting my first real guitar. An early 90's American Fender Stratocaster. I played that guitar religiously for months straight. I couldn't have been happier to have a "made in the USA" Fender guitar…until I played a friend of mine's "frankenstrat." It was a hodgepodge of random parts, some not even real Fender parts. Yet, this guitar made me dread coming home to my trusty Stratocaster.View full article »
Austin is one of those mysterious cities to me. I've been amazed to see the massive migration of smart, creative minds to this quickly expanding city. The opportunity to experience South By Southwest this year would not have been complete without a visit to The Collings Factory where Bill Collings and Co. are building some of the finest guitars in the world right now – right here in America.
From downtown, the Collings Campus is a brief 15-20 minutes away, and if you’re not careful you can easily pass by the inconspicuous driveway of their 20-acre complex. As we parked, I started to get that feeling...the excitement a kid might feel when entering the Wonka Factory. This is where the magic happens! Read more...View full article »
Collings is a guitar manufacturer based in Austin, Texas. The company was founded in 1973 by Bill Collings. Bill Collings is a renowned acoustic guitar aficionado whose instruments have been regarded highly for decades. With a background in engineering, Bill Collings brings a perfectionist quality to the manufacture of his guitars.
Collings guitars pay homage to the classic American guitar models of the 20th century while maintaining the small-shop quality and attention to detail that larger manufacturers are often unable to achieve. Each Collings guitar is handcrafted by an expert using high-quality materials and components. Acoustics take about three months to make, from the time the specs are written to the time the guitar is shipped.View full article »
One of the most important branches of the Chicago Music Exchange is the Gear Repair Shop. Many of our customers bring extremely rare and vintage guitars and amps to us – items that are incredible but need a bit of refreshing. Consequently, we get a lot of questions about gear repairs.
Here are the answers to the Top 5 Guitar Repair Questions we get on a regular basis:View full article »
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