Well-crafted archtop guitars have long been coveted for their projection, 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. Today his archtops are highly coveted and they are 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 model were sadly cut short.
However the Collings crew never forgot that a small affordable hybrid archtop was something their friend and mentor had always wanted to do and continued the project. The WL-AT takes the concept of a small-bodied archtop guitar to a new level of tone and playability.
stock no. 57933
|Top||Solid carved spruce|
|Back and sides||Solid mahogany|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 3/4" Ebony|
|Scale length||24 7/8"|
|Bridge spacing||2 5/16"|
|Bridge material||2-piece adjustable ebony|
|Fretboard Material||Indian rosewood|
|Neck material||Solid mahogany|
|Binding||Ivoroid bound top and back|
|Bracing||Parallel tone bars|
|Inlay||6mm acrylic dots|
|Neck profile||Prominent "V" shape|
|Tuners||Golden Age Restoration|
|Finish||Semi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish|