Waterloo WL-S Deluxe Spruce/Cherry Acoustic #2979  From Collings

A ladder-braced, cherry back and sides old-timey stunner from Waterloo!! 

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What We Think

Our favorite Waterloo, hands down!  This model just nails what we all love about those quirky old ladder braced instruments, Stellas in particular in this case.  Cherry offers a perfect amount of clarity and liveliness to compliment the honky, aggressive bluesy tone this style of bracing is known for.  Hand rubbed varnish to take the weight down to half-full balloon territory and a truss rod to take playability and maintenance out of the 30s and into the present.  Don't miss this!

Manufacturer's Description from Collings

The new WL-S Deluxe possesses a richness, dimensionality, and warmth that must be heard to be believed. Inspired by ornately appointed Stella guitars from the 1930’s, the WL-S features intricate wood purflings and custom acrylic inlays for an appearance to match its detailed tone. A hand rubbed varnish finish completes the WL-S both aesthetically and tonally, with a beautiful vintage patina and acoustical excitability that brings out the nuances of this ladder braced design. A solid cherry wood back and sides further enhance the unique character of this guitar, providing exceptional balance and articulation.

All WL-S models feature a vintage correct “Soft-V” neck profile with an adjustable truss rod, slotted headstock, and a pyramid bridge with a cutthrough saddle. Hardshell TKL case included.

All Waterloo models are handmade 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.

 

Specifications

Model: WL-S Deluxe

Serial: 2979

Top: Solid Spruce

Back/Sides: Solid Cherry

Bracing: Vintage-Inspired Ladder Bracing

Color: Vintage Top Toner

Binding: Ivoroid Bound Body, Soundhole, Neck, and Peghead

Bridge: Ebony Pyramid with 2 3/8" spacing

Bridge Pins: Ebony

Saddle: Bone Cutthrough

Pickguard: None

Body Finish: Vintage-style Hand Polished Varnish

Neck: Solid Mahogany w/Slotted Headstock

Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood

Nut: 1 3/4" Bone Nut

Neck Support: Adjustable Truss Rod

Fingerboard Inlays: Deluxe Acrylic Floral

Neck Profile: Vintage Correct "Soft V' Shape

Scale Length: 24 7/8"

Fret Wire: Medium 18% Nickel-Silver

Logo: Stenciled Waterloo

Tuners: Golden Age Restoration

Fingerboard Radius: 12"

Case: Hardshell (Stella)