An engineer who brought a scientific approach to guitar making, luthier Bill Collings delivered the best instruments to discerning stars including Lyle Lovett, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Joni Mitchell. He died July 14. His business, Collings Guitars, employs 100 in Austin, Texas, producing guitars of mahogany, ebony, indian rosewood and quilted maple. He talked about his latest introduction, the T series, last fall.
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