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Weighing in at under three pounds, the featherweight WL-K is an exciting new 12-fret addition to the Waterloo line built with maximum responsiveness in mind. Inspired by the elusive instruments manufactured under the sub-brand Kel Kroydon around 1930, the WL-K is delicately built using lightweight materials and supported by thinly carved braces.
Weighing in at under three pounds, the featherweight WL-K is an exciting new 12-fret addition to the Waterloo line built with maximum responsiveness in mind. Inspired by the elusive instruments manufactured under the sub-brand Kel Kroydon around 1930, which were touted at the time to offer the utmost in vibratory response and the finest tone available, the WL-K is delicately built using lightweight materials and supported by thinly carved braces. When paired with a minimal lacquer finish, the resulting tone is dry and transparent with just the right level of complexity in the overtones, capable of capturing the expressiveness of the player down to the finest nuance.
With a 24 7/8" scale length and moderately sized, oval shaped neck, the WL-K is a fingerstyle player's delight, but this is by no means the extent of the guitar’s versatility. Exceptional clarity and note separation make it well-suited to a variety of other playing styles and a logical choice for singer-songwriters and purveyors of traditional roots music. A carbon fiber T-bar running through the neck provides stability and efficient transfers of energy back into the body, producing a resonance you can feel.
All WL-K models feature carefully selected spruce tops and mahogany back and sides with a light shade top finish, vintage-style cutthrough saddle, and come sans-pickguard. The WL-K is also available with an optional hand-painted "Southwest" scene that pays homage to the American tradition of cowoby stencil guitars from the depression era. Due to this model's ultra-lightweight construction, we recommend a maximum string gauge of .011" to .052". Hardshell TKL case included.
ABOUT WATERLOO GUITARS
The Waterloo guitar line, which is produced by Collings Guitars, is a look back in time to when there was a genuine need for soulful tone that could be coaxed from simple instruments. The blues, country, and folk music played on these instruments was made in heartfelt response to the hard times of the depression era. It was music heard in work camps and barn dances, kitchens and honky-tonks, porches, street corners and churches. These musical styles became the roots of popular American music for decades to come. The Waterloo brand is all about capturing the voice and spirit of the very best depression era guitars in well-made and very playable instruments.
|Serial #||WL-K 1049|
|Top||solid spruce w/ vintage shade finish|
|Body dimensions||14 3/4" width, 19 1/4" length, 4 1/4" depth|
|Body finish||semi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Bridge||ebony w/ ebony pins|
|Saddle||bone cutthrough with 2 3/8" spacing|
|Scale length||24 7/8"|
|Neck profile||moderate oval shape|
|Neck support||carbon fiber T-bar|
|Fretwire||medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Fingerboard inlays||6mm acrylic dots|
|Nut||1 3/4", ebony|
|Tuners||Golden Age Restoration|
|Recommended strings||D'Addario EJ26 (.011"-.052")|