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koa
koa

Hawaiian Koa

As a top wood, Hawaiian koa can offer either a smooth attack with a subtle “roll-in” effect or a lively, punchy attack depending on voicing. Either way, you’ll also hear a strong focus on the fundamental note and a splash of top-end shimmer.

Hawaiian Koa

Origin: The Big Island of Hawaii

Used On: Koa Series and 700 Series

As a hardwood, a koa top will initially project a bright and focused tone, especially together with koa back and sides. Playing an all-koa guitar over time will allow the wood to mature, yielding an increasingly warm, rich, sweet sound with healthy overtone "bloom," especially in the midrange. In the Koa Series, Hawaiian koa tops serve up a smooth, refined voice compared to the bold, dynamic attack with more of koa’s naturally woody character in the 700 Series.

Goes Well With: Fingerstylists who play more with the pads of their fingers and tend to have a meatier touch. Bright players need to be careful because of koa’s initially splashy treble range. The koa 700 Series is voiced to be especially responsive and player-reflective.