Why the Collings OM2H is beloved by so many acoustic fingerstylists

Robert Earl Keen
Robert Earl Keen performs in Spicewood, Texas, with his well-worn Collings OM2H (Image credit: Gary Miller/WireImage)

Numerous talented guitar builders have called Texas home over the years.

Houston’s Robin Guitars offered various electric guitars until 2010. Austin’s Mark Erlewine has made custom instruments for Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Johnny Winter and distinguished non-Texans like Mark Knopfler and Paul McCartney. Mike Stevens (one of the founders of the Fender Custom Shop) also builds custom creations like his Les Plank, Slant and even Junior Brown’s famous Guit-Steel in his workshop in Alpine.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.