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Waterloo WL-12 Mahogany Acoustic #2053  From Collings

A compact guitar with big tone!


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What We Think

Yes, yes, yes!  I started dreaming of an all-hog Waterloo the first time I played their flagship model, the WL-14.  And here she is, better than I could have ever expected--and in the always-powerful 12 fret configuration no less!  Woody and punchy, of course, but the X-bracing in this model also manages to coax out some of that wonderful sweetness and warmth, particularly in the mids and highs, that mahogany can offer.  If you're long entrenched or just now making your way into blues of the Country or Piedmont varieties, ragtime, folk, etc., you're going to have to check this out.  And hey, if you just need something to bring along on your travels, you won't find a more soulful road guitar!

- Barrett Brooks, Sound Pure Guitar Specialist

Waterloo WL 12 Mahogany Acoustic #2053 Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure acoustic guitar specialist Barrett Brooks tests out the Waterloo WL-12 Mahogany Acoustic (Serial #2053).

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    • Waterloo WL-12 Mahogany Acoustic #2053

Manufacturer's Description from Collings

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.

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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.



Serial Number: 2053

Top: Solid Mahogany

Back/Sides: Solid Mahogany

Bracing: Vintage-inspired X-bracing

Color: Vintage Pecan

Binding: Ivoroid bound top, back, and soundhole

Bridge: Ebony with 2 3/8" spacing

Bridge Pins: Ebony

Saddle: Bone drop-in

Body Finish: Semi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish

Neck: Solid Mahogany

Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood

Nut: 1 3/4" ebony nut

Neck Support: Adjustable truss rod

Fingerboard Inlays: 6mm acrylic dots

Neck Profile: Moderate Oval shape

Scale Length: 24 7/8"

Fret Wire: Medium 18% nickel-silver

Logo: Stenciled Waterloo

Tuners: Golden Age Restoration

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"

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