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The Waterloo guitar line is a look back in time to when there was a genuine need for soulful tone that could be coaxed from simple instruments. The blues, country, and folk music played on these instruments was made in heartfelt response to the hard times of the depression era. It was music heard in work camps and barn dances, kitchens and honky-tonks, porches, street corners and churches. These musical styles became the roots of popular American music for decades to come. The Waterloo brand is all about capturing the voice and spirit of the very best depression era guitars in well-made and very playable instruments.


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Waterloo WL-14 Scissortail





Drawing its name from the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher — a bird species common to the Central Texas Hill Country — the WL-14 Scissortail is a special edition WL-14 that pays homage to the "Oriole" guitars produced between 1940 and 1942. Built with maple back and sides and vintage-inspired X-bracing, the Scissortail brings excellent projection and focus to the flagship WL-14 series while retaining its woody, characteristic tone. A natural finish coupled with distinctive tortoise-style binding sets this instrument apart from other WL-14 models, along with an original Scissortail decal applied to the headstock in true-to-era fashion.

All Waterloo models are handmade in Austin, Texas.


Body Width: 14 3/4"
Body Length: 19 1/4"
Body Depth: 4 1/4"
Scale Length: 24 7/8"
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/8"
Recommended Strings: D'Addario EJ16 (.012"-.053")

Serial Number: WL 1894

Retail: $2500.00


$2250.00


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Waterloo WL-K

Light Shade





Weighing in at under three pounds, the featherweight Waterloo WL-K is an exciting new 12-fret addition to the Waterloo line built with maximum responsiveness in mind. 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. A carbon fiber T-bar running through the neck provides stability and efficient transfers of energy back into the body, producing a resonance you can feel.

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. Due to this model's ultra-lightweight construction, we recommend a maximum string gauge of .011" to .052". TKL Hardshell case included.

All Waterloo models are handmade in Austin, Texas.


Body Width: 14 3/4"
Body Length: 19 1/4"
Body Depth: 4 1/4"
Scale Length: 24 7/8"
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/8"
Recommended Strings: D'Addario EJ26 (.011"-.052")

Serial Number: WL1864

Retail: $2600.00


$2340.00


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Waterloo WL-12

Sunburst





The Waterloo WL-12 is a new variation on the flagship WL-14 that brings together the elements of maple back and sides, vintage x-bracing, and 12-fret construction to create an entirely new Waterloo experience. By joining the neck to the body at the 12th fret, the bridge is positioned closer to the center of the lower bout, producing a rich and open tone with stronger low end response than you would typically expect from a parlor-sized guitar. Maple back/sides make for the perfect tonal compliment to the body design, adding focus, projection, and a pronounced front-end attack that is sure to inspire players of nearly any acoustic genre.

As a standard, all WL-12 models feature a moderate oval-shaped neck profile with a fully adjustable truss rod, drop-in saddle, and a vintage "iced tea" sunburst finish. Hardshell TKL case included.

All Waterloo models are handmade in Austin, Texas.


Body Width: 14 3/4"
Body Length: 19 1/4"
Body Depth: 4 1/4"
Scale Length: 24 7/8"
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/8"

Serial Number: WL1817

Retail $2200.00


$1980.00

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Waterloo WL-14 L

Sunburst





The Waterloo WL-14 is the flagship model of the Waterloo guitar line and the inspiration that started it all. Keeping true to the design and style of the era, this WL-14 has ladder bracing (L). The ladder bracing option provides woody and open tone, with midrange honk that's perfect for fingerstyle blues.

There are currently two different neck profiles and two neck support options available for the WL-14, this one has the small neck profile. Adjustable truss rod for greater setup flexibility. Hardshell TKL case included.

All Waterloo models are handmade in Austin, Texas.


Body Width: 14 3/4"
Body Length: 19 1/4"
Body Depth: 4 1/4"
Scale Length: 24 7/8"
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Saddle Spacing: 2 3/8"
Recommended Strings: D'Addario EJ16 (.012"-.053")

Serial Number: WL1881

Retail: $2100.00


$1890.00


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Waterloo WL-14 X

Sunburst





The Waterloo WL-14 is the flagship model of the Waterloo guitar line and the inspiration that started it all.

This "X" braced version retains tighter focus and balance across the tonal range.

The neck profile is the Small option, and the adjustable truss rod option on this WL-14. Hardshell case included.

Top: Solid spruce
Back/Sides: Solid mahogany
Color: Vintage-style Sunburst
Binding: Ivoroid bound top and soundhole
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Golden Age Restoration
Bracing: X-bracing
Pickguard: Tigerstripe celluloid
Body Finish: Semi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
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
Logo: Stenciled Waterloo
Scale Length: 24 7/8"
Fret Wire: Medium 18% nickel-silver

Hardshell Fitted Case

Available in the following neck profiles:

Serial number: WL1929 with Standard v-neck proflile In-stock, photos above

Serial number: WL 2112 with Optional round-neck profile In-stock, photos below

Retail: $2100.00


$1890.00

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Waterloo WL-14 X Demos From Zo Shaw



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