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❌SOLD❌ Waterloo WL-K ‘Southwest’ Steel String Guitar, 2017

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The Waterloo WL-K by Collings is part of a line based on the concept of mass production guitars from the 1930’s built with skill and highest quality materials. The WL-K is based on the Kel Kroyden branded guitars built from 1929 to 1931 by Gibson and sold through department stores. These guitars were exceptionally light, and the few that have survived are extremely responsive.

This Waterloo WL-K was built during 2017 in Austin, Texas, and features the ‘Southwest’ finish that evokes the stencils commonly used on guitars of the period. The top is Spruce, paired with Mahogany for the back, sides and neck; the fingerboard is Indian Rosewood, with an Ebony bridge. It’s in very nice, original condition with minimal wear. The original TKL hard shell case is included.

What Collings / Waterloo has to say about the Waterloo WL-K:

“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.

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 cowboy 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.

All Waterloo models are handmade in Austin, Texas. “


Price: $2,800.00 CAD
  • Model: WL-K Southwest
  • Year: 2017
  • Finish Southwest
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1847
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 03/10/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3lbs 1.36kg
  • Scale Length: 24.875in 631.8mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.45mm
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