#1
I was in GC a couple weeks ago and there was a used Taylor koa for sale. I played it and loved the tone and the looks, again I really loved the tone. It was bigs bucks, but decided to go put some $ on it so they would hold it for me. When I returned it was already sold. This guitar was several years old. From what I understand it takes a couple years for a koa to open up. I have not had chance to play a new one, but what I read they are very bright at first . Can any Koa owners tell me about their experiences? Thanks

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#2
I own a Taylor Koa T5 - you can check it out in my photos. When I was getting ready to buy a T5, I went to GC and played several. I actually tried every type of wood they had available in the T5. The Koa had a slightly different tone, which I think you've accurately described. It was a little on the bright side, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This one is now 4 years old and plays/sounds like a dream. It has improved over the years.

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#3
i love the new taylor koa models - particularly the gc-k. koa has a sweetness unlike other woods, and while it has more midrange than i usually like, since i prefer mine scooped, with koa it sounds great. haven't found koa to be all that bright - there's less bass, so it can seem that way.
#4
Thanks for the replies. The one I was playing was K24CE, it was all koa (top and bottom), I think I might try to find one just like it...
#5
i've played a couple of those - they sound amazing! VERY nice choice.

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Thanks for the replies. The one I was playing was K24CE, it was all koa (top and bottom), I think I might try to find one just like it...
#6
My experience with Koa is very limited, but it has always been a tonewood that I've heard many advocate the try-before-you-buy principle to a more serious degree over other tonewoods. I would agree with this assessment generally, and with a tonewood like Koa you're also going to have a unique guitar every time since the figuring is astonishing and comes in various forms. I have yet to see a Koa guitar that looked the same as another one.

They are great instruments and Koa makes a great tonewood. I would definitely describe the tone as bright with a midrange girth to the tone. The more you play it, the more it develops its low-end, though I'd say it's definitely not geared towards heavy bass response by any means. I like playing fingerstyle with Koa myself.
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#7
i have a takamine eg544sc that has koa back and sides and a cedar top. sounds great. especially with new elixir lights
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#8
I need to go and try a Taylor Koa, but I know that if I do, I will go crazy. I always have loved Taylor's.
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#10
I've never had one but I hear they are excellent. I believe Taylor Swift uses them on some of her recordings, and it sounds beautiful on there... but they look beautiful :P. I'd try get a pre-owned one
#11
I've got a Tacoma EK36-C, which is koa. I'll be damned if it doesn't sound identical to rosewood. It certainly looks great though.
#12
Hmm all this Koa talk is making me want to head out of my way to the nearest Guitar Center and see if they have a Koa Taylor in stock for me to play around with.

In your opinions, what is Koa most similar to? I see Shred Off thinks it's like Rosewood
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