Jumbo King ... 12 fret ???

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Silly Moustache
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Jumbo King ... 12 fret ???

Post: # 2598Post Silly Moustache
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:38 pm

Hi folks,
Sorry I haven't been around much - new laptop etc.

When I bought my WL12 inh 2016, they had every model avaiable including a Jumbo King but it wasn't what I ws looking for, (a Gibson L-00 actually, but the Waterloos looked better made, and there was a 12 fret, so it came home with me.

I'll admit that the jumbo king looked pretty wierd to me and I seem to remember it was the last one that they sold before they dropped Collings.

I am pretty much committed to 12 fret flat-tops, so a bell rang when I saw this video of Bill at NAMM in 2015 (the same year I met him - bless him): https://youtu.be/yIgGaFre4ck

At 1:50 there is a JK (Deluxe?) that appears to be a 12 fret.

Do they make these or was it a one off prototype ?

Anyone ever seen one ?

Eric Jones
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Re: Jumbo King ... 12 fret ???

Post: # 2601Post Eric Jones
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:42 pm

Andy,

It’s nice to see you here. And that’s a sharp observation on the 12-fret JK! It’s certain 12-fret in contrast to the 14-fret JK that Bill picked up later. I don’t shop for JKs, but I have never seen one or heard them (12-fret model) mentioned. That must have been a prototype.

Silly Moustache
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Re: Jumbo King ... 12 fret ???

Post: # 2603Post Silly Moustache
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:32 pm

Thanks Eric, I wonder if anyone knows more?

markT
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Re: Jumbo King ... 12 fret ???

Post: # 2674Post markT
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:30 pm

Good eye Andy. That first Jumbo King in the video is a 12 Fret JK Deluxe.... however, https://www.waterlooguitars.com/wl-jk-deluxe/ mentions nothing of a 12 fret model. Nor have I ever hear of such, so that is obviously a prototype.
At 2:42 Bill points out the current production JK Deluxe which is a 14 fret.


On another note, it just so happens, I just bought a WL-JK and it's amazing!! Sounds, plays and looks just like my old WL-14, but BIGGER...and louder. Love it! I have the non-Deluxe version. https://www.waterlooguitars.com/wl-jk/

ncTom
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Re: Jumbo King ... 12 fret ???

Post: # 5228Post ncTom
Sun Jan 30, 2022 5:55 pm

I foolishly sold my WL-JK; I had just bought a Gibson J-35 and thought another jumbo was unnecessary. I was mistaken, the -JK was the better guitar. I have been looking for a -JK for a couple of years with no success. I have both an early WL-14 and a WL-12Mh but would love another -JK. How many WL-JK's were produced and where might I find one?

I just found The Collings Forum today and am really finding it enjoyable! I hope to be a member for a long while, Tom.

Red Oak
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Re: Jumbo King ... 12 fret ???

Post: # 5231Post Red Oak
Mon Jan 31, 2022 3:06 am

ncTom wrote: Sun Jan 30, 2022 5:55 pm I foolishly sold my WL-JK; I had just bought a Gibson J-35 and thought another jumbo was unnecessary. I was mistaken, the -JK was the better guitar. I have been looking for a -JK for a couple of years with no success. I have both an early WL-14 and a WL-12Mh but would love another -JK. How many WL-JK's were produced and where might I find one?

I just found The Collings Forum today and am really finding it enjoyable! I hope to be a member for a long while, Tom.
Welcome to the Forum !! We look forward to hearing from you!!!

GreatWestern
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Re: Jumbo King ... 12 fret ???

Post: # 5330Post GreatWestern
Sat Feb 26, 2022 10:38 pm

ncTom wrote: Sun Jan 30, 2022 5:55 pm I foolishly sold my WL-JK; I had just bought a Gibson J-35 and thought another jumbo was unnecessary. I was mistaken, the -JK was the better guitar. I have been looking for a -JK for a couple of years with no success. I have both an early WL-14 and a WL-12Mh but would love another -JK. How many WL-JK's were produced and where might I find one?

I just found The Collings Forum today and am really finding it enjoyable! I hope to be a member for a long while, Tom.
Welcome- I don’t know if you’re still looking for a JK but Acoustic Music Works has one left.

They are great guitars. Somewhat overlooked in the Waterloo lineup it seems.

ncTom
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Re: Jumbo King ... 12 fret ???

Post: # 5336Post ncTom
Mon Feb 28, 2022 11:29 pm

Thanks for the tip, however the pandemic left me unable to get one right now without selling off several guitars. I suspect time is against me in acquiring a Jumbo no matter how much I would like to. Maybe something will open up in the future.

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