Waterloo WL-AT Archtop Acoustic GuitarFor Sale at AvenueGuitars.com

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Regular price $4,500

Please note that we've closed our storefront and will only be taking online and email orders until further notice.


While we're not keeping regular hours at the shop, we'll still be stopping in regularly to return phone calls and ship orders. You can leave a message at (719) 634-2228 or email us at mail@avenueguitars.com and we'll get back to you shortly.


The pause in foot traffic means this is a great time to buy online. If there's something you've had your eye on, let us know and we'll see if we can make it work for you!

Waterloo's Description

Well-crafted archtop guitars have long been coveted for their projection, expressive articulation, and unique midrange growl. From the swinging big bands of the 1920s to roots music icons such as Mother Maybelle Carter, the archtop sound is deeply entrenched in American music history and has maintained its foothold into the modern era. Bill Collings had a passion for archtop guitars, one that stemmed back to his earliest days as a luthier, and would eventually become entwined with his identity as one of the world’s most respected purveyors of the craft.

Bill’s original vision for Waterloo Guitars actually included plans to offer an archtop guitar as part of the lineup. He kept a 1930s flat-backed Recording King archtop in his back office, usually thrown haphazardly into the backseat of a stripped down 1940 Ford convertible, which he had plans to someday restore. The guitar was disassembled into pieces, but he would occasionally pull out the body or neck and inspect it, contemplating on how he might re-create such an instrument with his own twist. He was especially intrigued by the flat mahogany back, which is an integral part of the sound that runs consistently through the Waterloo line.

With Bill’s untimely passing in July 2017, his plans for this guitar were sadly cut short. However, it was known among the people who worked closely with him that it was something he had always wanted to do. Thus, as a tribute to our friend and mentor, we present to you the WL-AT – an instrument that not only embodies the spirit of the Waterloo line, but takes the concept of a small-bodied archtop guitar to a new level of tone and playability.

Specs

  • Archtop body
  • Solid carved Sitka top
  • Solid mahogany back/sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 1-3/4" nut width
  • 24-7/8" scale
  • Prominent "V" neck profile
  • Waterloo hardshell case
  • Serial WL3471

Why Avenue Guitars?

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Why shop at Avenue Guitars for your next acoustic instrument?

Family Owned for 40 Years

Avenue Guitars has been family owned and operated for nearly 40 years by John Ramsey. These days he gets help from his son, Sean, and his wife, Pam.

Check out our About Us page to learn more about our history. 

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Service

John and Sean bring a combined 50 years of experience to the table. We're happy to take the time answer any questions you might have before the sale, and we operate on a strict no-pressure policy.

Feel free to call (719-634-2228) or email (mail@avenueguitars.com) if you'd like to know more about this instrument!

Atmosphere

As a small, all-acoustic shop, we're able to offer a quiet and relaxed shopping experience. We don’t have an acoustic room because our store is the acoustic room!

We strive to keep our inventory in clean, playable, and in pristine condition.

Professional Setup

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Before shipping your new instrument, we inspect it carefully to ensure it's clean, has fresh strings, and is set up to original factory specs. 

Of course, we're more than happy to do a custom setup at no extra cost. Feel free to contact us beforehand with questions about your setup preferences, or leave a note in the comment box at checkout.

Interest-Free Financing

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Get easy 6-month interest-free financing with PayPal Credit. Just choose PayPal as your payment method at checkout, then select PayPal Credit as the payment method. The application takes less than a minute and approval is instant.

We also offer longer 0% financing programs through our partnership with Synchrony. Click here to learn more about financing with Synchrony.

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