Pete loved fly fishing almost as much as he loved playing guitar. Now, Collings Guitars has blended Pete's two loves into one beautiful 2nd Limited Edition OM1 Cutaway, a replica of his favorite guitar that he used for touring and numerous recordings. Pete had a long and significant relationship with the Austin-based guitar company, founded by luthier Bill Collings.
The new model was released on Saturday (1/21) at Winter NAMM (National Assn. of Music Merchants) in Anaheim, CA. The company issued this statement regarding the project: An incredible guitar player, and a friend to many here at the Collings shop, Pete Huttlinger has remained the first and only player to have a signature model Collings guitar. An initial run of these guitars was offered from 2011 to 2013, and we are excited to once again offer Petes favorite model of Collings guitar in his honor. This second run of limited edition models will feature a custom fly fishing inlay, reflecting his long-time love of the sport. The first 15 that are produced will also feature his handwritten signature on the label inside the guitar.
A portion of the proceeds from each guitar will be given to the Pete Huttlinger Fund for Adult Congenital Cardiac Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The fund was initiated by Pete's wife, Erin Morris Huttlinger, and Dr. Frank Fish, his long-time cardiologist and friend. Dr. Fish tended to Petes rare health issues for over 15 years. In 2011, not long after Pete recovered from his first stroke and heart failure, he and Dr. Fish walked a half-marathon together.
Pete's interest in fly fishing goes all the way back to 1995 when he released his debut album, Catch & Release. The title track was used for many years as the theme for ESPNs Fly Fishing America.Pete and Erin also hosted the Pete Huttlinger Guitar & Fly Fishing Camp in Livingston, Montana in 2014 and 2105. Erin has decided to reactivate the popular music camp which will take place August 6-10, 2017.
For more information on the signature model contact COLLINGS GUITARS or contact your local Collings dealer.