Founded by master luthier Bill Collings and based in Texas, USA, Waterloo Guitars builds handmade, vintage-inspired acoustic guitars. With Waterloo Guitars, Collings’ aim was to recreate the character and sound of old depression era guitars in an instrument that would actually play well.
But what about left handed Waterloo guitars? At the time of writing the company only has a single guitar available – the WL-14. Collings produces almost every guitar left handed at no additional cost, and Waterloo is no different! The WL-14 comes in a choice of two colors – Jet Black, or Vintage Sunburst.
Waterloo WL-14 Left Handed Acoustic Guitar
Aside from the obvious color options, you also have a couple of other interesting choices to make when ordering your WL-14. First of all, you’ll need to choose between either a cross-braced or ladder-braced design. Cross braced will give you a tighter focus and balance, whereas the ladder braced option will result in a more woody tone with the midrange honk that’s well suited to fingerstyle blues.
Secondly, you have the choice of two different neck styles. The traditional neck with adjustable truss rod will afford you greater flexibility with setting up the guitar, whereas an old school T-bar neck will offer you a lightweight, but stable neck support.
- Top: Solid spruce
- Back/Sides: Solid mahogany
- 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 finish
- Neck: Solid mahogany
- Fingerboard: Indian rosewood
- Bridge: Ebony with 2 3/8″ spacing
- Nut: 1 3/4″ ebony nut
- Neck Support: Choice of T-bar or adjustable truss rod
- Neck Profile: Vintage inspired strong V shape
- Scale Length: 24 7/8″
The Waterloo website has tons of great images and information about the guitars, as well as plenty of excellent video content. Unfortunately at the time of writing there is no mention of left handed availability, but due to being a new brand we’ll forgive them there! Customer service was very quick to reply to my query about southpaw models however, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else this company comes out with!
For more information:
Waterloo Guitars Website