(NEW) Another welcome surprise from Austin, TX… to coincide with Summer NAMM 2016, Bill Collings and the Waterloo team decided to create some special WL-K models with custom, hand-painted finishes.
From the Waterloo press release:
“During the Great Depression, the budget-minded Kel Kroydon brand offered a limited number of guitars, banjos and mandolins between 1929 and 1931, before they vanished from production. During this period, Kel Kroydon featured three guitar models; the KK-1, KK-2 and KK-3. Sold in J.W. Jenkins Sons Music catalog, these guitars were advertised as being built with “exceptional” materials and marketed as “a truly fine guitar at a moderate price.” The modest KK-1 was accompanied by the KK-2, which featured a stencil painted top and the fancier KK-3 with a pearloid fretboard and peghead with orange and black stencil. These guitars weighed less than 3 pounds and compared favorably to much higher priced instruments of the era.
“Although information about the brand and what inspired the artwork is sparse, these guitars have become highly sought-after by players and collectors alike, achieving “holy grail” status to many accomplished finger-style players. As a modern day tribute to this unique little slice of guitar history, we are excited to offer our own hand-painted “Southwest” scene on the WL-K model.”
We agree with ALL that… these guitars are unbelievably light and responsive, a fingerpickers dream that also strums with some authority.
1 3/4″ nut with 2 5/16″ string spacing at the bridge. Low oval neck profile with carbon fiber neck reinforcement and NO truss rod. Fun and just a little funky. This beauty will not last long.
List Price: $3100… AMW Price: $2,790