The second "L" in the model code of this Waterloo means the top has ladder bracing, not X bracing. That means the top braces run horizontally across the top, much as the back braces run horizontally across the back of most all guitars. This is the top bracing pattern Gibson used not only on most of it's Kalamazoo models, but also on later LGO and LG1 Gibson acoustic flattops as well. What's the difference in sound? In general the bass response isn't as rich but the trebles and mid-range are more dramatic with a treble "zing" that really projects. Bottle-neck players, for instance, usually love ladder-braced guitars.
If you're trying to capture that snappy Robert Johnson country blues kind of tone, these ladder-braced models will get you closer than a typical X-braced small guitar. The photo of Johnson with a cigarette dangling from his mouth shows a guitar that's almost certainly a Kalamazoo model (made by Gibson) which had ladder bracing.
stock no. 52649
|Model||WL-14 L, Sunburst, Carbon Tbar|
|Back and sides||Solid mahogany|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 3/4"|
|Scale length||24 7/8"|
|Bridge spacing||2 3/8|
|Fretboard Material||Indian rosewood|
|Neck material||Solid mahogany|
|Inlay||6mm acrylic dots|
|Neck profile||Prominent "V" shape|
|Tuners||Golden Age Restoration|
|Finish||Semi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish|