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

ModelWL-14 L, Sunburst, Carbon Tbar
TopSolid spruce
Back and sidesSolid mahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length24 7/8"
Bridge spacing2 3/8
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialIndian rosewood
Neck materialSolid mahogany
BracingLadder
Serial NoWL2356
Inlay6mm acrylic dots
Neck profileProminent "V" shape
RosetteIvoroid bound
Total frets19
TunersGolden Age Restoration
FinishSemi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
CaseOrig. Hard
BindingIvoroid