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If you are wanting to do a custom ordered instrument, we do custom builds for Collings guitars and mandolins, Huss & Dalton, Larrivee and Bourgeois.
The goal of our business is to provide a warm and friendly setting, where
our customers can explore and learn about all the hand-crafted, acoustic and electric instruments we carry. Within the rustic charm of Hill Country Guitars located in Dripping Springs, Texas, customers feel comfortable making their decision with the assistance of our experienced and knowledgeable staff.
Over the years, we have built a wonderful working relationship with
Collings, Huss & Dalton, Larrivee and Bourgeois. We visit the Collings facility often
and can have your guitar, mandolin, or Uke custom built by one of the most
sophisticated and renowned luthiers in the world. The sounds emanating from
a Collings or any of our other builders guitars are magical. Whether you
need a guitar to play or to add to a vintage collection, Hill Country
Guitars can assist you in finding that perfect guitar.
Have questions? Want to experience one of these beautiful guitars? Our
knowledgeable staff will assist you whether you want help picking out a
guitar, or simply want to know more about these instruments. There may be
other guitar dealers in the area, but none have the amount of experience or
knowledge as Hill Country Guitars when it comes to these custom made
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Bill Collings Story
Bill Collings moved from Ohio to Texas in the mid 1970’s. Spurred by a lack of interest in medical school, this move enabled him to combine lifelong interests in both guitars and tools into the challenge of stringed instrument building and repair. After a couple of years in Houston, several guitars and a few banjos later, he headed west to southern California. Making it only as far as Austin, he shared shops with fellow luthiers Tom Ellis and Mike Stevens. From there, he set up his own small shop in a wooden "one car" garage. His reputation for outstanding quality and meticulous attention to detail quickly spread. In 1989, he rented a 1000 square foot space and hired two helpers.
That same year, an order for 24 custom "Gruhn" guitars helped to establish Bill in the national market. In late 1991, a 3200 square foot "feed store" was purchased, on the outskirts of Austin, and was occupied in the spring of 1992. By 2005, the size of the shop has tripled and he has 50 full-time employees with ground being broken for a new 22,00 square foot shop. The addition of CNC technology has helped to add a level of consistency, accuracy and safety to parts production that was previously unavailable. As the business has grown and processes refined, there is one thing that has not changed...Bill Collings’ commitment to building the finest acoustic steel string instruments possible.