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NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! Waterloo WLSTR Sunburst by Collings

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Here we have a Waterloo WLSTR! Based on vintage Stella models, the WL STR adds an adjustable truss rod to the base WLS model. The L in the model name indicates that this is ladder braced, not X braced.

The Waterloo WLSTR pairs a solid Spruce top with solid Cherry for the back and sides.  Mahogany is used for the body blocks and neck,  with Indian Rosewood for the 12-fret fingerboard and the head plate for the slotted peghead.  The pyramid-style bridge is Ebony with a through-slot saddle.   The lovely sunburst finish is authentically thin and, as would have been the case on the originals, is nitrocellulose lacquer.

These are wonderful guitars, with a great vintage tone that demonstrates how good these older designs can be.

Sold with the original Waterloo / Collings hard shell case.

More From The Builder On The Waterloo WLSTR:

“The new Waterloo WLSTR possesses exceptional tonal clarity, dimensionality, and punch. Inspired by 12-fret Stella guitars from the 1930’s, the WL-S features a 24 7/8” scale length that creates a round note attack and detailed string-to-string separation.

A semi-gloss nitrocellulose finish completes the WL-S both aesthetically and tonally, with a beautiful iced tea sunburst and acoustical liveliness that brings out the nuances of this ladder braced design. Solid cherry wood back and sides further enhance the unique character of this guitar, providing exceptional balance and articulation.

All WL-S models feature a vintage correct “Soft-V” neck profile with an adjustable truss rod, slotted headstock, and a pyramid bridge with a cut through saddle.”

Waterloo WLSTR by Collings Specifications: 

  • Top: Solid spruce
  • Back/Sides: Solid cherry
  • Bracing: Vintage-inspired ladder bracing
  • Color: Vintage iced tea sunburst
  • Binding: Ivoroid bound top and soundhole
  • Bridge: Ebony pyramid with 2 3/8″ spacing
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone cut through
  • Pickguard: None
  • Body Finish: Semi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer (Aged Finish available)
  • Neck: Solid mahogany w/ slotted headstock
  • Fingerboard: Indian rosewood
  • Nut: 1 3/4″ bone nut
  • Neck Support: Adjustable truss rod
  • Fingerboard Inlays: 6mm acrylic dots
  • Neck Profile: Vintage correct “Soft V” shape
  • Scale Length: 24 7/8″
  • Fret Wire: Medium 18% nickel-silver
  • Logo: Stenciled Waterloo
  • Tuners: Golden Age Restoration
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12″


Price: $3,140.00 CAD
  • Model: WLS-TR
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Vintage Sunburst
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New, 3320 Shown
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 08/09/2020

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3.124lbs 1.42kg
  • Scale Length: 24.875in 631.83mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.45mm
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