This AT-17 (number 56) has a confirmed Italian Spruce top in Collings' records, and was originally shipped March 28, 2000.
The Collings AT-17 has achieved well-warranted status as one of the modern era's finest archtop guitars. With its elegantly carved contours, triple-bound body, neck, and peghead, and eye-catching tonewood selection, the AT-17 is Bill Collings' interpretation of the golden era's deluxe 17" archtop popularized by metropolitan jazz guitarists of the mid 20th century (and by builders like D'Angelico and D'Aquisto). There were precious few Collings archtops built during Bill's tenure (these were the guitars he constructed by himself); and since his passing several years ago, there have been no new AT-17 made.
This guitar was made by Bill Collings for our consigning owner (a personal friend of Bill's). As we understand it, Bill insisted on being paid in cash, even though the buyer was across the country. And the agreed-upon solution was to hollow out a book, pack it with hundred dollar bills, and mail it to Bill's house! Not that the story makes this guitar any more wonderful, but it is quintessential Bill Collings and a hoot to call to mind. This AT-17 (number 56) has a confirmed Italian Spruce top in Collings' records, and was originally shipped March 28, 2000. It hasn't been on the market before, but the original owner has certainly played it. While not in mint condition (you'll see spots of finish wear near the binding on the top and back, as well as scattered marks of handling on the surfaces and peghead), we'd call it "very good plus" for a 23 year old guitar with many hours under its belt. Priced with Calton Case, this AT-17 would be an instant jewel in the collection of any Collings aficionado.