Waterloo: WL-12 MAHOGANY(Item ID: WL-12 MAHOGANY Serial#: WL2370)
'30s Era 12-Fret with all Mahogany Body
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:
"There’s nothing quite like the sound of an all mahogany guitar. With its warm yet crisp tone and even note articulation, mahogany has been a go-to tone wood for country, blues and folk guitarists throughout the last century.
The new WL-12 Mahogany harkens back to the “Dust Bowl” era of simple and affordable instruments that reflected the elemental need for music in tough and trying times. Often accompanied by only boot stomps, the instruments that inspired the WL-12 needed to be punchy and full, but compact and easy to travel with. The comfortable and lightweight WL-12 is designed with these qualities to be a musical companion in just about any circumstance, and brings the soulful and unadorned character of 1920s and 30s instruments forward to today’s musicians. Built by hand with love and care, each Waterloo is made of all solid tone woods one at a time in Austin, Texas."
* 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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