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RLM3121
05-10-2016, 08:58 AM
I check with a Collings dealer today about ordering a Collings concert. He checked with the factory and told me that Collings was not taking any new orders. Apparently they have slowed production way down an have a large order file. He said they have introduced some new guitars and have shifted priorities. Collings builds a great ukulele and I hope they continue to produce them. I guess time will tell.

hawaii 50
05-10-2016, 09:27 AM
I thought Collings was a Guitar Company first and did the ukes on the side....their Guitars are very nice and sought out by great players.....

greenie44
05-10-2016, 09:31 AM
This happened before - a couple of years ago. They stopped making ukes for, I believe, more than a year. Then they started up again, although the new ones were quite a bit more expensive than before.

Sure am glad I have one!

Ukulele Eddie
05-10-2016, 09:43 AM
From what I've heard, they're limiting production and not taking orders on custom Ukes. Contact customer service to confirm. They're very responsive.

Definitely some good dealers out there with nice Collings inventory.

hawaii 50
05-10-2016, 09:50 AM
I check with a Collings dealer today about ordering a Collings concert. He checked with the factory and told me that Collings was not taking any new orders. Apparently they have slowed production way down an have a large order file. He said they have introduced some new guitars and have shifted priorities. Collings builds a great ukulele and I hope they continue to produce them. I guess time will tell.


here is one from HMS if you are interested...as custom as you can get....

http://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-by/brand/collings/collings-concert-uc2-spruce-rosewood-u1576.html

bearbike137
05-10-2016, 09:53 AM
I love Collings instruments, but I'm sort of tired of the company "threatening" (too strong a word, I know) to cease ukulele production. It feels like the third iteration of this.

They sold an awful lot of ukes a few years back by letting everyone know they were pretty much done making ukuleles ("get them while you can"), yet they kept putting them out. I guess we'll see.

lakesideglenn
05-10-2016, 10:25 AM
Get ready for a price increase

Ukulele Eddie
05-10-2016, 01:04 PM
I love Collings instruments, but I'm sort of tired of the company "threatening" (too strong a word, I know) to cease ukulele production. It feels like the third iteration of this.

They sold an awful lot of ukes a few years back by letting everyone know they were pretty much done making ukuleles ("get them while you can"), yet they kept putting them out. I guess we'll see.

I can't speak to the prior situation, but at least this time they have not said they're ceasing uke production. They've said they're limiting production and not taking orders for customs.

markT
05-10-2016, 01:07 PM
Collings has never "stopped" making uke's and is not intending to stop. They did stop taking orders to catch up on the back log of special custom ordered uke's. They are trickling out again with standard models and less options. :)

bearbike137
05-10-2016, 02:18 PM
Collings has never "stopped" making uke's and is not intending to stop.

My point exactly. However, my buddy who is a Collings dealer will tell you they have indicated otherwise on more than one occasion, creating a "run" (so to speak) on their ukes.

Nickie
05-11-2016, 02:57 PM
Ha, that's one heck of a sales gimmick. I wonder how many times it'll work.

markT
05-11-2016, 05:08 PM
Ha, that's one heck of a sales gimmick. I wonder how many times it'll work.

Ummmm....Don't think Collings needs a "sales gimmick". ;) Their quality and service speak for themselves.

Like was said earlier, they are getting their hands expanding in other areas. Waterloo guitar line and in house made guitar cases. Also, they do not want to get too big. A quality that I like.

Don't be raggin' on my Collings~ :love:

Ukulele Eddie
05-12-2016, 02:51 AM
Ummmm....Don't think Collings needs a "sales gimmick". ;) Their quality and service speak for themselves.

Like was said earlier, they are getting their hands expanding in other areas. Waterloo guitar line and in house made guitar cases. Also, they do not want to get too big. A quality that I like.

Don't be raggin' on my Collings~ :love:

Here, here! ;-)

Furthermore, Collings could quadruple their ukulele sales and it would still be a small fraction of their overall revenue. Point being, such a sales gimmick would have little financial "benefit." The simple fact of the matter is there is a more revenue dollars and profit dollars in guitars.

Doc_J
05-12-2016, 03:08 AM
Here, here! ;-)

Furthermore, Collings could quadruple their ukulele sales and it would still be a small fraction of their overall revenue. Point being, such a sales gimmick would have little financial "benefit." The simple fact of the matter is there is a more revenue dollars and profit dollars in guitars.

Very true. I suppose cost and pricing are reasons why the Santa Cruz Guitar Company stopped making ukes. Was it Rick Turner that said "ukes are three quarters of the work of a guitar for half the money"?

bearbike137
05-12-2016, 04:06 AM
Ummmm....Don't think Collings needs a "sales gimmick". ;) Their quality and service speak for themselves.


As I stated earlier, I love Collings instruments - I think they are among the finest in the business. I own a Collings I-35 that I bought in 2009, and my #1 acoustic is a Collings D2HBA I bought brand new back in 1997. I have owned several other Collings as well, including a tenor uke.

And I agree that Collings doesn't need/use sales gimmicks. That said, it is a FACT that, over the past several years, Collings indicated to their dealers on more than one occasion that ongoing new uke production was tenuous. They have often complained that ukes take as much time to build as guitars, but sell for considerably less. As a result, precious resources were being allocated toward a very low margin product (resulting in the recent price increases in their ukes).

So - what happens as a result? Collings dealers and their salespeople start telling customers "you better get a Collings uke now - you may never have another shot at them" - and the ukes go flying out the door. Sales gimmick? Not sure - most of these dealers were likely sincere in what they were saying.

However, it has been an ongoing saga with Collings ukes. Will they? Won't they? Who knows - but the fact that we are even talking about it indicates that it is a very real dynamic, don't you think?

uburoibob
08-20-2016, 03:24 PM
To revive this thread, Collings no longer has ukes on their website. I went to look up specs on the new-to-me UC-1 I just got and they don't have them listed there under instruments any longer. Interestingly, they did a couple of days ago...

Bob

stevejfc
08-20-2016, 03:48 PM
Hopefully it's just in the middle of a site update:confused:

Ukulele Eddie
08-20-2016, 04:21 PM
Rut-roh! Big Collings fan here. Would be a shame but I understand the business rationale. The profit dollars per uke pales compared to those in guitars and mandolins, both much more expensive average price point and higher volumes.

Doc_J
08-20-2016, 05:32 PM
To revive this thread, Collings no longer has ukes on their website. I went to look up specs on the new-to-me UC-1 I just got and they don't have them listed there under instruments any longer. Interestingly, they did a couple of days ago...

Bob

Oh man, I hope it was an oversight or mistake, but I wonder if they are stopping production of ukes. That would be big loss.
Looks like they still have a custom ukulele page on Collings.
http://www.collingsguitars.com/custom-gallery/ukuleles/

uburoibob
08-21-2016, 07:09 AM
Oh man, I hope it was an oversight or mistake, but I wonder if they are stopping production of ukes. That would be big loss.
Looks like they still have a custom ukulele page on Collings.
http://www.collingsguitars.com/custom-gallery/ukuleles/

I saw that, and there's a gallery in the factory tour pages, but no instrument listings at all...

Bob

hendulele
08-21-2016, 07:20 AM
From my understanding, part of the supply issues with Collings is that Bill Collings builds the ukes himself, while he hires luthiers to build at least some if not most of his guitars. So I guess he could get backed up every now and then.

johnson430
08-21-2016, 07:51 AM
They have often complained that ukes take as much time to build as guitars, but sell for considerably less. As a result, precious resources were being allocated toward a very low margin product (resulting in the recent price increases in their ukes).


When I talked to Breedlove this was the reason they gave me as to why they stopped making ukes.

Joyful Uke
10-04-2016, 05:01 AM
Oh man, I hope it was an oversight or mistake, but I wonder if they are stopping production of ukes.

Has anyone confirmed that Collings has stopped making ukuleles?

Ukulele Eddie
10-04-2016, 05:18 AM
This is what I heard from customer service in early September:

Hi Eddie.
We pulled our uke folks to build our Waterloo guitars a while back and haven't been able to get back to them. We also started building our cases, which has further complicated things. However, we are trying to see if we can work at least a few back into production as we all miss building (and playing) them! No real timeline on that for now...We still have quite a list of old orders...
Thanks for the uke support.
Steve

Big Collings fan here. Impeccable finish detail, great neck profile, and wonderful tone. Badly regretted selling my UT2 Doghair, but recently picked up another Collings tenor (courtesy of Hodge), so I now have maple/spruce ukes in concert and tenor. They are wonderful in every respect. Still hope to replace the Doghair someday if the right one comes along (most are rosewood fretboard and I think that styles begs for ebony, which is what I had. Stoopid self! ;-).

WhenDogsSing
10-04-2016, 05:48 AM
I meant to post this one a while back but never got around to it until now. DHR guitars in Cincinnati has a left-handed Collings
UC-1K concert in stock. Here is a link to their web site:

http://www.dhrguitarexperience.com/new-products-4/collings-uc1-ukuele

For you right handed players, this could easily be converted to right handed with a new nut.

Pirate Jim
10-04-2016, 07:28 AM
I meant to post this one a while back but never got around to it until now. DHR guitars in Cincinnati has a left-handed Collings
UC-1K concert in stock. Here is a link to their web site:

http://www.dhrguitarexperience.com/new-products-4/collings-uc1-ukuele

For you right handed players, this could easily be converted to right handed with a new nut.

If my wife hadn't just given birth I would snap that up (I'm a lefty). As it is I most certainly can't justify spending that amount on me right now!

Ukulele Eddie
10-04-2016, 08:03 AM
If my wife hadn't just given birth I would snap that up (I'm a lefty). As it is I most certainly can't justify spending that amount on me right now!

It's not for you. It's to serenade your wife and baby. ;-)

Congrats on the new addition!

Joyful Uke
10-04-2016, 09:54 AM
[/I]Big Collings fan here. Impeccable finish detail, great neck profile, and wonderful tone. Badly regretted selling my UT2 Doghair

Thanks for passing along your response from customer service.

I really, really wanted a doghair when I saw them listed on various sites, but didn't have the option to pick one up when they were available.

It doesn't sound promising that they'll really ramp up production again, but you never know.

DownUpDave
10-04-2016, 09:59 AM
If anyone is in a real desperate need to buy a new Collings tenor or concert the 12th Fret in Toronto had both in stock when I was in there a few weeks ago.

Joyful Uke
10-04-2016, 10:50 AM
There are some here, too, (new and used):
http://acousticmusicworks.com/category/ukuleles/collings-ukuleles

That used UT3K is stunning.

ETA:
Looks like if you Google, there are some more out there, too. Doghair in both tenor and concert, even. I need to back away from the computer. LOL.

Ukulele Eddie
10-04-2016, 11:38 AM
There are some here, too, (new and used):
http://acousticmusicworks.com/category/ukuleles/collings-ukuleles

That used UT3K is stunning.

ETA:
Looks like if you Google, there are some more out there, too. Doghair in both tenor and concert, even. I need to back away from the computer. LOL.

When I google, those Doghair's that show up are all sold.

Joyful Uke
10-04-2016, 01:29 PM
When I google, those Doghair's that show up are all sold.

I don't think these are?

http://willcuttguitars.com/collings/collings-acoustics/collings-uc2-ukulele-dog-hair-426

http://www.hillcountryguitars.com/list.asp?compID=42

Thought there might have been another Doghair, too, but maybe I'm just looking at my own dogs' hair. :-)

stevejfc
10-04-2016, 01:30 PM
Gryphon has 4.....3 new, and 1 used
ttps://shop.gryphonstrings.com/products?taxonomy=instruments&q=collings+ukulele

Ukulele Eddie
10-04-2016, 02:00 PM
I don't think these are?

http://willcuttguitars.com/collings/collings-acoustics/collings-uc2-ukulele-dog-hair-426

http://www.hillcountryguitars.com/list.asp?compID=42

Thought there might have been another Doghair, too, but maybe I'm just looking at my own dogs' hair. :-)

Yes, those look to be available. Must....stop....looking...

Subfanatic
10-04-2016, 02:03 PM
Yes, those look to be available. Must....stop....looking...

Me too, they are pretty. Lidgett music in Iowa has 3 I've been looking at. Free overnight shipping :)

Pirate Jim
10-05-2016, 05:09 AM
It's not for you. It's to serenade your wife and baby. ;-)

Congrats on the new addition!

Haha, I'll give that a try! Thanks!

UkieOkie
10-05-2016, 05:19 AM
Oklahoma City music and sound usually has at least two on their wall display.

Pete F
10-05-2016, 11:02 PM
I did enquire with Collings some weeks back. Their response was that they were definitely going to make more, but no date had been scheduled. So don't panic!

If in the meantime anyone has a TV Yellow Collings uke they're willing to part with - message me :)

ukeinfused
08-13-2018, 05:30 AM
I realize this is an old thread... Does anyone know the latest about Collings ukes?
Will they be made again now that others are in charge of production? (RIP, Bill.)

hollisdwyer
08-13-2018, 06:34 AM
I realize this is an old thread... Does anyone know the latest about Collings ukes?
Will they be made again now that others are in charge of production? (RIP, Bill.)

Just curious or are in interested in an acquisition?

ukeinfused
08-13-2018, 07:27 AM
Just curious or are in interested in an acquisition?

Errrr.... both. (Don't tell my wife. ;^)
I was interested in pricing out a used one - not easy when nothing shows for sale...