In some respects, Robin guitars feel like one of the best kept secrets in the guitar world - these are simply awesome guitars by any standard. The only problem with this "best kept secret" theory? You've no doubt heard of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, and Eric Johnson? Of course you have, dumb question. All played Robin Guitars during their careers (remember that famous picture of Stevie and Jimmie playing that double neck guitar at a show back in the 80s? That's a Robin). 

This gently used Avalon Classic from 2003, made in Houston, TX, is the first Robin we've had in the shop. Sitting down with it for the first time, there are elements of the guitar, both build/looks/tone-wise, that remind us of other instruments - a great thing in our book. 

Starting with the neck, the beautiful rosewood board, abalone dots, jumbo frets, and its vintage Strat-like neck carve remind us a lot of a late 80s PRS CE24 we're fond of. It's the kind of neck that immediately feels comfortable and familiar. The fretwork is very well done, yielding an easy to play guitar with a fast feel.

The presentation grade curly maple top, coupled with the silhouette of the mahogany body, calls to mind a Collings SoCo. Perhaps there's something to that connection since both companies are Texas-based? Just conjecture, but the vibe is very similar. Definitely a good thing, right? This top is just stunning and certainly would qualify as an upgrade these days. 

Loaded with a pair of Tom Anderson pickups - an H2+ in the bridge (coil tapped via the tone control), and an H1- in the neck - we were getting plenty of top-end sparkle, Tele-like snap, and a fat, round midrange out of a Victoria Club Deluxe. The neck pickup never got overly wooly and the split bridge pickup tones were very good (we dialed the tone knob back just a touch here when playing clean). Acoustically, this Avalon Classic is really loud, chimey, and snappy w/great sustain. 

Condition: Excellent. Given its age, there's very little wear on this guitar. Light finish swirls, a small indentation here and there (if you really look for them), some light fret wear...There's one small scratch that does go into the paint on the side of the guitar - the pics show it pretty clearly. Not awful, but there and should be noted. 

We'd definitely recommend checking this guitar out if you're looking to add a dual humbucker guitar to the fold. Its elements of both 80s-era PRS guitars and Collings guitars make it a heck of a bargain given the quality-to-price ratio. It's very impressive to be sure! Priced with hardshell case. 


  • Presentation grade carved curly maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • One-piece mahogany neck 
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • 24 3/4" scale length 
  • Master volume and tone (coil tap), 3-way switch 
  • Tom Anderson H2+ (bridge), H1- (neck) humbuckers 
  • Tunamatic bridge & stop tail piece, nickel plated hardware
  • Natural maple body binding 
  • Antique amber finish 
  • Hardshell case 
  • SN: 030161
  • 7lbs 5oz
  • Note: A set of oval, wooden pickup surrounds is also included 

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