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Johnt

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Koa can be a 'dodgy' tonewood, with results that can range from 'meh' to 'spectacular'. Koa colours the tone with a bit more sparkle than mahogany, is a less bright than maple, but still has some of the depth associated with rosewood.

 

I've had a few koa b&s guitars over the years, including two J-200s. While the first was pretty good (and had pretty wood), the second one is a spectacular one. I should mention that it had the advantage of being a Custom Shop build, and the top is red spruce.

 

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Just remember that there's no guarantees as to sound, as in "more flamey/figured koa" ≠ "guaranteed great sound".

 

Fred

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Koa can be a 'dodgy' tonewood, with results that can range from 'meh' to 'spectacular'. Koa colours the tone with a bit more sparkle than mahogany, is a less bright than maple, but still has some of the depth associated with rosewood.

 

I've had a few koa b&s guitars over the years, including two J-200s. While the first was pretty good (and had pretty wood), the second one is a spectacular one. I should mention that it had the advantage of being a Custom Shop build, and the top is red spruce.

 

IMGP0714.jpg

 

Back:

 

IMGP0710.jpg

 

Just remember that there's no guarantees as to sound, as in "more flamey/figured koa" ≠ "guaranteed great sound".

 

Fred

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I'm pondering getting a koa but strictly for the looks.

Being it's just for the looks I prefer to have top, back, sides and head plate all koa.

I'll probably want some electronics to compensate the sound just in case.

It has to be good looking.

Most of the all koa ones I've seen have been lacking in some areas.

Most of the pretty ones where I liked the looks had other things I did not want.

Still has to play like a dream.

Will probably have to go custom.

I wish Gibson was taking orders.

An all koa J45 with jumbo frets, some special headstock inlay, alot of ebony, no or clear pickguard and a trance audio would fit the bill.

I'll probably have to go elsewhere.

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