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Waterloo WL-14 LTR by Collings Jet Black, 2016 (No Longer Available)

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Here from 2016 is a Waterloo WL-14 LTR, a ladder braced small body guitar, built by Collings as part of the ‘Retro’ Waterloo line, honoring the influential guitars of the 1930s and 1940s. The construction and finishes tend to be very light and thin.

The Waterloo WL-14 is available with either Ladder or X braced tops. Ladder bracing was used well into the 1960’s on many steel string acoustic guitars, and gives quite a bit of stiffness across the top without adding weight, often resulting in a brighter sound – and a lower production cost. Many of the guitars played on vintage blues and folk recordings used ladder bracing.

This Waterloo WL-14 LTR features the Jet Black finish and is in good working order, though it has a couple of finish issues. On the back, there’s a mark from the nitro lacquer finish reacting with the padding on a stand. On the top, there is a mark running from approximately the A bridge pin to the tail block. This does not appear to have penetrated to the inside of the guitar. These two marks are reflected in the lower price of this instrument.

These guitars are very fun to play and if you’re interested in historic American fingerstyles, are excellent substitutes for the vintage instruments that are not only harder to find, but at this point are usually in poor condition.

The original Waterloo hard shell case is included.

Waterloo WL-14 LTR Specifications:

  • Top: Solid spruce
  • Back/Sides: Solid mahogany
  • Color: Vintage-style Sunburst or Jet Black
  • Binding: Ivoroid bound top and soundhole
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Golden Age Restoration
  • Bracing: Choice of ladder (L) or x-bracing (X)
  • Pickguard: Tigerstripe celluloid
  • Body Finish: Semi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer (Aged Finish available)
  • Neck: Solid mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Indian rosewood
  • Bridge: Ebony with 2 3/8″ spacing
  • Nut: 1 3/4″ ebony nut
  • Saddle: Bone drop-in
  • Neck Support: Adjustable truss rod
  • Fingerboard Inlays: 6mm acrylic dots
  • Neck Profile: Prominent “V” shape
  • Logo: Stenciled Waterloo
  • Scale Length: 24 7/8″
  • Fret Wire: Medium 18% nickel-silver
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12″

Price: $2,500.00 CAD
  • Model: WL-14 LTR
  • Year: 2016
  • Finish Jet Black
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 541, built during 2016 by Collings in Austin TX
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 03/10/2022

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3.212lbs 1.46kg
  • Scale Length: 24.88in 632mm
  • Nut Width: 1.751in 44.61mm
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