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Are the Korina Vs that are made in Korea real Korina or just a veneer?



It's built from two solid slabs of Korina (or White Limba, as the local nationals call it) wood.

(The upper half and the lower half are ideally book-matched, though not always.


Not a veneer, for sure.


The White Limba variety, though it is exported out of Africa, isn't all that expensive compared to the Black Limba wood. Epiphone and Gibson use the pale, slightly cheaper kind.


Good thing is, it's a wood species that is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


Epiphone uses a mahogany neck on the Korina Flying V, but Gibson employed a solid Korina neck in the early days, in the late 1950's and early 1960's.


The later incarnation, made in the early 1980's, had a solid Korina body and a three-piece laminated Korina neck.


Okay, I'm gonna shut up now.


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