Doug Collins
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KTM-9 discontinued... now what?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Fogleman Aug 11, 2015.

How thin is too thin for a cedar top?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Collins Oct 19, 2012.

Action - How low can I go?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Gordon May 11, 2011.


Doug Collins & The 50 Cent Guitar Company

Doug Collins

I am not a professional luthier, nor do I play one on TV - which is my profession in real life. Although I make my living with television and video production (, I have recently become quite interested in the business of guitar repair and building.

This came about by accident in September 2007 when I came upon a badly beaten and abused guitar in the final minutes of a garage sale. When I ask the owner how much he wanted for it, he said, "How about, 50 cents?" It was an offer I couldn't refuse. When I show it to my wife, she said I paid too much.

Undaunted, I proceed with the restoration. Although it was a major undertaking, requiring a complete rebuild of the unit, I finished it within a week. I was the proud owner of my first acoustic guitar.

Now I didn't really know how to play the thing, but I had friends that did. The next Friday night I invited them over and told them to bring a guitar and a song. This is how the 50 Cent Guitar Club began - a group of songwriters and guitar players, good and bad, discovering God's mystery of music together.

You can learn more about the evolving club here: . If you're ever in the Vancouver, BC area on a Friday night, drop me a line and come on over.

One of the things I have learned about guitars is that they tend to get broken. I was quick to offer my limited experience to repair their ailing instruments. To my surprise they trusted me to do so and so far I have not let them down.

I am anxious to learn more about this trade and I'm grateful to Frank Ford for all the knowledge he freely shares and for this great forum he has made available.

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 9:16am on September 12, 2008, George Barnett said…
Hi Doug,
I read your comment about the inability of U.S. suppliers to ship Mahogany out of their country.
I'm including a link of a Canadian supplier (Ontario) who has good products and is an honest dealer.
At 6:18am on September 16, 2008, griff said…
I removed it to edit the illustration again. It's back up, though I couldn't get it to reply to your question's at the end of the thread.
At 4:15am on December 19, 2008, Donald A. Fortune said…
Hi Doug- Thanx for your post and Im glad to put my two cents worth in - especially if it will do someone some good.
I worked in the cabinet industry for years and if someone asked me a question, I gave the info freely because I was never afraid of some young hot shot taking over my position...
Heres wishing you and yours the merriest of Christmases and the best in the new year.

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