With origins dating back to the turn of the 20th century, flat-backed mandolins have long been a mainstay of Americana, country, blues, swing and a variety of other traditional styles. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the WL-M would eventually find its way into the Waterloo catalog! Featuring an elegant pear-shaped body and a round soundhole, the WL-M has a clear and distinctive voice with ringing sustain, creamy midrange, and enough front-end bite to cut through any ensemble mix.
The WL-M is constructed with all solid woods and ladder-braced design, which contributes to its dry and articulate vintage chime. Other key features that set the WL-M apart from other Depression-era mandolins are its fully-adjustable truss rod and compound fingerboard radius, allowing for modern day playability and setup flexibility over the life of the instrument. Whether you’re a devoted mandolinist or a guitar player simply looking to branch out into new sonic territory, the WL-M will not disappoint!
We inspect each and every instrument we ship out for maximum playability. We adjust the action and adjust intonation when needed. If you would like a specific adjustment, just add it to your order notes and we would be happy to adjust to your liking.
The exact appearance of new instruments vary. These photos may not be of the actual instrument you will be receiving. Actual photos available upon request.
Top: Solid Spruce
Back & Sides: Solid Mahogany
Bracing: Vintage-Inspired Ladder Bracing
Neck: Solid Mahogany
Neck Shape: Prominent ‘V’ Shape
Fingerboard: East Indian Rosewood
Nut: Ebony, 1-3/16”
Scale Length: 13-7/8”
Fingerboard Radius: Compound (7-3/16” – 11-5/8”)
Fret Wire: Medium 18% Nickel-Silver
Tuners: Golden Age Restoration
Tailpiece: Custom 1-Piece Cloud-Style
Fingerboard Inlay: 6mm Acrylic Dots
Body Binding: Cream Celluloid
Color: Vintage-Style Sunburst
Finish: Semi-Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Logo: Stenciled Waterloo
Waterloo Hardshell Case Included
Important information if shipping outside of the USA:
Please note: To help insure the future availability of certain materials used in the construction of this instrument, additional fees and/or documentation may be required when shipping this item outside of the USA. This is due to the CITES treaty, which regulates international trade of certain materials like rosewood, abalone, and pearl. If you purchase this item to be shipped outside of the USA, we’ll determine whether the regulations apply to your order, and will contact you with more information if necessary