The latest variant as Collings expands their line of popular reissues of Great Depression-era "budget brand" guitars. The Kalamazoo "Oriole" guitars were of course made by Gibson, and most were maple with a natural finish and a bird decal on the headstock. Collings revived the use of blond maple, but instead chose the image of a Scissortail flycatcher on the headstock (a bird also knows as the "Texas bird of paradise" but we don't know why). Like other Kalamazoo models, this one sounds way better than the original Oriole, and the bird on the headstock has a lot more regional class. The maple looks a bit stark and white in these photos, but that's partly because of the super-bright lights in our little photo booth and remember that with a little time and some indirect UV both the maple and lacquer finish will develope the warm color of light honey.

stock no. 51189

ModelWL-14 Scissortail
TopSolid spruce
Back and sidesSolid maple
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length24 7/8"
Bridge spacing2 3/8"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialIndian rosewood
Neck materialSolid mahogany
BracingVintage-inspired X-bracing
Inlay6mm acrylic dots
Serial NoWL2089
Neck profileProminent V shape
RosetteTortoise bound
Total frets21
TunersGolden Age Restoration with black buttons
FinishNatural finish
CaseOrig. Hard
BindingTortoise bound top, back and soundhole