Waterloo: WL-12 BLK(Item ID: WL-12 BLK Serial#: WL2196)
'30s Era 12-Fret L-00 Style with Maple and Spruce and Satin Black Finish with White Pickguard, Slim Neck, and Truss Rod
The Waterloo is a like a study, a meditation on the nature of simplicity. In this case, the simple nature of the common mail order guitars of the pre-war depression era - in particular, the L-00 sized guitars. These guitars were primitive really, as they were made with common materials using very basic yet solid construction. They were plainly finished, and they produced a sound that was, likewise, unpretentious and uncomplicated. Common folks could afford them, and many of the functional originals from that time are treasured still for the straightforward, honest sound they produce.
Many appreciate that one of Bill Collings' gifts as a guitar builder is his ability to glean and to understand by close observation and inspired intuition the essence of an object of interest and then to re-imagine it. Constructed with exquisite taste and an unerring attention to detail, the Waterloo WL-14 is evidence, yet again, of his exceptional ability in this regard. He has captured and created anew the look, sound, and feel of a unique underclass of vintage guitars, and, at the same time, he has elevated the form because of his excellent skill and superb artistry.
From the Waterloo website:
"The WL-12 is a new variation on the flagship WL-14 that brings together the elements of maple back and sides, vintage x-bracing, and 12-fret construction to create an entirely new Waterloo experience. By joining the neck to the body at the 12th fret, the bridge is positioned closer to the center of the lower bout, producing a rich and open tone with stronger low end response than you would typically expect from a parlor-sized guitar. Maple back and sides make for the perfect tonal compliment to the body design, adding focus, projection, and a pronounced front-end attack that is sure to inspire players of nearly any acoustic genre.
As a standard, all WL-12 models feature a moderate oval-shaped neck profile with a fully adjustable truss rod, drop-in saddle, and a vintage "iced tea" sunburst finish."
* Body Width - 14 3/4"
* Body Length - 19 1/4"
* Body Depth - 4 1/4"
* Scale Length - 24 7/8"
* Nut Width - 1 3/4"
* Saddle Spacing - 2 3/8"
This guitar includes a TKL hardshell case.
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