(NEW) It would be hard for us to overestimate how much fun we are having with Collings’ new line of Waterloo guitars. They’re fun, they’re funky, lightweight and responsive as heck. The perfect antidote to (and delivery system for) the blues!
Included in the new lineup introduced at NAMM earlier this year were a couple of jumbos and a couple 12-fret models. This is one of the latter, a WL-12. It is a close cousin to the flagship WL-14, the biggest difference being the use of maple for the back and sides and of course the 12-fret-to-the-body construction. 12-fret guitars still enjoy massive popularity because of their warm sound and increased bass response, due to the placement of the bracing and bridge.
The WL-12 also has a slimmer, oval-shaped neck which doesn’t fill up the hand nearly as much as the “original” Waterloo WL-14 neck carve. There is no “V” whatsoever, it’s a faster neck overall and a joy to play.
The other specs are pretty much the same as the flagship model: select spruce top (usually Sitka) with X-brace construction, 2-way adjustable truss rod, rosewood fingerboard and ebony bridge/nut. The nut is 1 3/4″ wide and the string spacing at the saddle is a roomy 2 5/16″. All Waterloo guitars are built with animal protein glue and are feather-light… they open up very quickly.
Follow this link to hear our comparison of many of the current Waterloo styles: https://youtu.be/n1yhmklS8qA
List Price: $2,200.. AMW Price: $1,980