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Waterloo WL-14 L Jet Black Acoustic #WL3280  From Collings

Vintage inspired, masterfully crafted and beautifully sounding - these Waterloo guitars are no joke!!

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What We Think

The WL-14's from Waterloo guitars are just mind-blowing instruments, incredible for what they are and amazing at what they do! They are woody and humble blues boxes just oozing with fundamental goodness. Rich and bold tones that never give you frequency clash make for a perfectly balanced guitar across the entire spectrum. The ladder bracing has a slightly bigger bark in the upper mid-range while the x-bracing seems to keep a nice organic compression to itself. The vintage inspired prominent "V" neck is snug as can be while taking up your whole palm, or you can try a slightly more tamed neck profile. It's no wonder these caused such a stir when they were first released because these are just flat out great guitars!

Manufacturer's Description from Collings

The WL-14 is the flagship model of the Waterloo guitar line and the inspiration that started it all. Keeping true to the design and style of the era, the WL-14 is available in "ladder" bracing (L) as well as "X" bracing (X). The ladder bracing option provides woody and open tone, with midrange honk that's perfect for fingerstyle blues. The "X" braced version retains tighter focus and balance across the tonal range.

There are currently two different neck profiles and two neck support options available for the WL-14. The standard neck profile is a sizable, vintage-inspired neck with a prominent "V" shape. For those who prefer more moderately sized necks, an alternate lower-profile option is available by request. For neck support, choose from either a T-bar for ultra-lightweight rigidity or an adjustable truss rod for greater setup flexibility. Hardshell TKL case included.

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About Manufacturer

Sound Pure is a proud dealer of Collings Acoustics, Electrics, and Mandolins, with a large inventory and new guitars arriving regularly.  Each instrument in stock is professionally photographed, and we have video reviews with studio-quality sound and HD video quality.

Bill Collings has been inspiring generations of guitarists with his fine guitars and mandolins since the 1970s. After dropping out of medical school to pursue his interest in guitar building, he moved to Austin, Texas where he and his company, Collings Guitars, operate to this day.  From his humble beginnings as a one-man operation in a two-bedroom apartment to his current 22,000 square-foot facility and approximately 70 employees, Collings has built a reputation for producing high quality instruments with care and precision. 

Perhaps best known for flat-top acoustic guitars, Collings excels in a variety of classic-inspired designs and modern build concepts. Their D series guitars represent their take on the iconic 14-fret square-shouldered dreadnought and include the highly-favored D1 and D2H models with mahogany and rosewood back and sides respectively. These guitars are extremely well-balanced and have a strong reputation for reliability and consistently becoming stronger as the woods open up over time. The CW models in this series feature Adirondack tops, larger sound holes, and other specs especially coveted by bluegrass flat pickers for their volume and responsiveness. The Collings OM series guitars tend to be lively, balanced, and lyrical. These guitars are hugely popular amongst fingerstyle players for their dynamic sensitivity, size, and playability. One of the most versatile acoustic guitar designs, Collings OMs can also handle heavy strumming and flat picking easily when the player needs to dig in. The CJ is a fantastic slope-shouldered dreadnought, and the SJ is their incredible small jumbo design. Collings also makes astounding parlor-style 0, 00, 000, and Baby guitars, which are perfect for performance or travel and offered with the same variety of options as the larger lines for true customization of tone and appearance. Rounding out Collings’ acoustic lines is the C10, which is modeled after a parlor guitar but with a design concept that makes it a favorite of electric players.

Collings is ahead of the pack in the acoustic guitar game, but it certainly does not end there. Their electric guitars are highly regarded amongst players across the entire spectrum of musical traditions. Designed and built with the same knowledge and attention to detail as the flat-tops, Collings electrics are quickly gaining recognition as contending with the best of the best of electric guitars. Hard rockers and country pickers and everyone in between can find a Collings electric to fit their style, from the Les Paul-inspired shapes of the 290, 360, and CL series to the semi-hollow I-35s and SoCo Deluxe models. Collings also offers A and T-style mandolins, as well as concert and tenor ukuleles. 

 

Every Collings instrument has been built with the same standard of craftsmanship and quality that any discerning musician deserves to experience in the tools they select for their musical journey. At Sound Pure, we believe that the tools you equip yourself with can either enhance or hinder you on your journey, so we make it our job to research and choose what we find to be the very best instruments for our clients. We are confident that any Collings guitar that leaves the shop will meet their standards, as well as ours. If you find that we do not currently have the exact specs you need we are happy to make custom orders for our customers to build their own dream guitar.

 

Specifications

Serial Number: WL3280

Top: Solid spruce

Back/Sides: Solid mahogany

Color: Vintage-style Sunburst 

Binding: Ivoroid bound top and soundhole

Bridge Pins: Ebony

Tuners: Golden Age Restoration

Bracing: L-bracing (L)

Pickguard: Ivoroid

Body Finish: Semi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish

Neck: Solid mahogany

Fingerboard: Indian rosewood

Bridge: Ebony with 2 3/8" spacing

Nut: 1 3/4" ebony nut

Saddle: Bone cutthrough-style

Neck Support: Adjustable truss rod

Fingerboard Inlays: 6mm acrylic dots

Neck Profile: Vintage inspired strong V shape

Logo: Stenciled Waterloo

Scale Length: 24 7/8"

Fret Wire: Medium 18% nickel-silver