Acclaimed Austin guitar maker, businessman dies at age 68

Bill Collings, an Austin luthier whose hand-crafted acoustic and electric guitars have been used for decades by musicians worldwide, has died. He was 68.
His death, on July 14, was confirmed Saturday in a message posted on the Collings Guitars website and Facebook page.
Collings, who had been making guitars since the mid-1970s, operated Collings Guitars at a 37,000-square-foot production facility just west of Austin on U.S. Highway 290. Collings hired his first employee in 1989 and grew from 7…

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