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The Collings Traditional or "T" Series guitars reflect Bill Collings' return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound. Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all nitrocellulose lacquer finish, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive. Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to...

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The leather cradle straps are wonderfully secure and safe for your banjo. Since they are made of leather, they will not mar the finish of the banjo as straps that have metal clips can do.

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We recently received an A scale banjo from the Pisgah banjo company and haven't been able to put it down! If you haven't heard of or played an A scale banjo before you should really try one out. A standard 5-string banjo has a standard tuning of open G. An A scale banjo is a little bit smaller, as if you lost the first two frets on a standard banjo and has a standard tuning of open A. This...

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The Waterloo guitars made by Collings are incredible. I really like what they're doing with these. The Waterloo guitars are inspired by vintage guitars that were well made but not expensive. These guitars had character. These guitars have simple aeshtetics, a light build, and incredible tone.

The Waterloo WL-14 is the original Waterloo guitar that Collings came out with. The Waterloo Kel...

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Though he’s best known for his banjo and guitar work in the realm of traditional New Orleans jazz, Don Vappie approaches music with an open mind that allows him to find connections where others might not. Whether he’s unearthing common denominators between early jazz, funk and Western African music or setting up his banjo in a way that allows for the instrument’s darker, warmer capabilities to...

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Electric banjos are becoming more and more popular as players are using the banjo in many different genres and playing on bigger stages in bands that feature electric guitars, drums, and other loud instruments.

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One of the best things you can do to learn the entire fingerboard of a banjo and begin playing all the way up the neck is to learn your chord inversions. By learning these chord inversion shapes and being able to move easily from one to another your playing will really start to open up.

The first thing I would recommend is to know your movable inversion chord shapes for major triads. Then...

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Collings offers a varnish finish on it's acoustic guitars and If you have ever had the chance to play one, then you know what I am talking about. It is amazing. Every instrument that Collings builds is an exceptional instrument, but when you get the varnish finish option, it turns it into something unworldly. 

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We lost a true icon this week with the passing of Ralph Stanley. His importance to American music cannot be overstated. There are plenty of articles and obituaries out there that will detail his career. I just want to wrtie a few words on how Dr. Stanley affected me.

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We often get customers wondering what a banjitar is and if this is a “real” instrument. What someone is refering to when they mention say banjitar is a 6 string banjo. This is also often referred to as a guitjo. The simple answer to this question is yes, it is a “real” instrument.

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