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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Waterloo (by Collings) - any devotees?

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El Californio

Feb 19th, 2018 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Recently discovered these and find myself gassing for a parlor size after a rather unsatisfying Martin experience a few yrs ago.
Anybody own one, played one, like 'em, hate 'em?

What's a Waterloo?

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El Californio

Feb 19th, 2018 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  



reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Feb 20th, 2018 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I haven't had a chance to try one, but I believe anything made by Collings should be top notch.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 03:19 PM, Feb 20th, 2018)

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Feb 21st, 2018 05:14 AM   Edit   Profile  


Molly Tuttle really knows how to get some big sounds out of that parlor.

Some Collings acoustics I've heard sounded so 'pure' they were almost sterile. But as a generalization for all of their models that's unfair, much like saying all Taylor models are too bright.


Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Feb 21st, 2018 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been tempted to pull the trigger on a Waterloo, but other needs (i.e. wants) seem to get in the way. For example, a year ago I purchased a Heritage 535 instead of a Waterloo.

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Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
Feb 22nd, 2018 10:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried and tried (and tried again) to like them, but every single one I've played has been a dog. Including a freshly built one (that very day) at the factory. They remind me of the '60's cheapo guitars - thin sounding and weak. I feel the same about Martin's latest 17 series guitars.

I wouldn't mind them quite so much if they weren't so absurdly expensive for what they are. I mean they strike me as no better then a $3-400.00 made in China guitar, especially their sound.

Don't get me wrong, I own more than a dozen Martins and 3 or 4 Collings and am impressed with most of their guitars (Collings electrics are flat out amazing). But these "cheap" lines just do nothing at all for me.

Edited to add: In the video of Molly Tuttle playing one she has the low E string tuned to D. That's about the only way you'll ever get any low end out of one at all. They are incredibly thin at standard tuning, which you can hear in that video at times. Molly is a fantastic player though, I always enjoy hearing her play.

(This message was last edited by kego at 12:27 AM, Feb 23rd, 2018)

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State of Jefferson

Sep 25th, 2018 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I road tested a few of the Waterloo instruments at McKenzie River Music in Eugene Oregon.

I found them to be crude , quick and dirty, void of any tone that I remember in older smaller cheaper guitars such as my '29 Stromberg-Voisinet.
Not at all fun to play.

I thought they were grossly overpriced.

El Kabong
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NJArmpit of Universe

A-Ahhl do the thinnin' around here!
Sep 25th, 2018 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Want a great sounding parlor (00) size? Martin CEO-7

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State of Jefferson

Sep 25th, 2018 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Parlor" guitars were originally considered Martin "0" or "5" series and smaller.

I played the CEO7 (Collosal Ego Opus) and was not impressed.

Note the reference to Martin

(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 05:47 PM, Sep 25th, 2018)

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State of Jefferson

Sep 25th, 2018 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

From an internet search for "parlor guitar"


Since there was no legitimate standard for parlor guitar building, luthiers varied the size of their creations to a degree. Even when there is no standard size imposed, many consider having a lower bout that is smaller than 13.5", or smaller than Martin Guitar's "0" shape, to be the historically correct size for parlor guitars. "

New age builders are calling 00 bodies "parlor" guitars.

I have "parlor" guitars and 00 guitars.

(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 07:31 PM, Sep 26th, 2018)

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