Lots of guitar companies offer aged finishes, leave it to Collings to raise the bar and do it right. For one thing there are no scratches and dings and areas where the finish is worn off. Instead, Collings figured out how to produce the kind of light finish checking to the lacquer that you often find on older instruments. This effect, which looks much like a crackle glaze on pottery, is confined to the top, and it adds dimension to the lightly shaded sunburst.

This is another variant in Collings' expanding line of Waterloo models, a more deluxe version based on a 1930-1932 Kel Kroydon KK-1. These 12-fret models have a more open, resonant sound (since the bridge is closer to the functional center of the soundboard) so unless you really need those upper frets you should give one of these a try. The square headstock with vertical orange logo and the subtle shading on the soundboard give this Waterloo "Kel" a classy vibe, and the 12-fret neck puts the bridge right where you want it for maximum volume and warm bass from a relatively small guitar.

stock no. 56196

ModelWL-K, Aged Light Sunburst
TopSitka Spruce
Back and sidesMahogany
Frets to body12
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length24 7/8"
Bridge spacing2 3/8"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialMahogany
InlayAcrylic dots
Neck profile Moderate oval shape
TunersGolden Age Restoration
FinishSemi-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No2829
BracingLadder