"Every day we try to make a better guitar, every day. You're trying to reach for more, trying to do better, not trying to do the same. A lot of companies are trying to do the same, and that's okay - that's their deal. We're trying to stretch that. Our goal is a little more." - Bill Collings 

While giving a nod to Gretsch-style guitars (hollow-body construction, a Bigsby, and TV Jones Filter'Tron style pickups), the Gretsch similarities end quickly once you have this guitar in your hands. Borrowing the Collings SoCo body shape, this Statesman with custom Half-Parallelogram inlays is an incredibly lightweight and playable instrument that responds to your every whim - responsive, fast, toneful.

To us, the Statesman feels like the perfect middle ground between a Collings archtop and their SoCo model. You get the feel and midrange of a Collings archtop with the ability to handle higher volumes (and a wider range of styles / genres) of a SoCo. A great combo to be sure! Priced with hard case by Ameritage.


  • Select maple semi-hollow laminate body
  • Fully hollow body w/Trestle bracing
  • Top/back binding
  • Slim contour F-holes
  • High gloss Sherwood Green nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Flared headstock
  • 15 degree headstock angle
  • Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Long mortise and tenon neck joint w/contoured heel
  • 22 frets, neck joins the body at the 19th fret
  • Medium-Fat "C" neck shape (.865" @ 1st fret, .967" @ 9th fret)
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 1 11/16" Bone nut
  • 24 7/8" Scale length
  • Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
  • Custom Half-Parallelogram fingerboard inlays
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Black pickup rings, top hat knobs, and pickguard
  • Dual TV Jones pickups
  • 1950's Style wiring scheme
  • CTS 500K pots and Xicon caps
  • Switchcraft toggle switch and output jack
  • Bigsby tailpiece
  • Serial No. SMLC18076
  • 5lbs 11oz

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