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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Koa as tone wood

archiestone
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Dec 9th, 2017 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Koa wood sure is pretty but how do you like it as a tone wood as compared to, say, rosewood, mahogany, maple?

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Dec 9th, 2017 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Koa is fairly heavy...I put it in with walnut when it comes to weight. So a solid koa billet would make for a heavy solidbody guitar.

However, as a thinner panel (e.g., the maple cap on a mahogany Les Paul), it's a great option because it is beautiful.

It is also a classic wood used in the construction of ukuleles. Some of the finest ukes are made of koa. It also is used in acoustic guitar construction.

And it is not inexpensive.

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Dec 9th, 2017 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ive played a bunch of acoustic guitars but never really was impressed by Koa other than the appearance of it. Not saying it sounds bad,I just never found one that really turned me on.

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Dec 9th, 2017 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Carvin would build ya a koa electric. Guessing Keisel would too.

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Dec 9th, 2017 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Carvin CT-6 picture in my profile is a fine example of koa. This one sounds to me very much like a maple cap.


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Dec 9th, 2017 08:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a fine looking guitar, Gene.

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Dec 10th, 2017 05:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful Carvin!

LHW

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Dec 10th, 2017 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had an Alvarez-Yairi acoustic/electric made of koa. I was impressed with the tone, but that might have been as much the construction of the guitar, as the wood.

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