Performer Koa review by Dean

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (2 votes)
Dean: Performer Koa
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Price paid: C$ 429.99

Purchased from: best buy

Sound — 8
Nice acoustic sound a little quite when un-plugged thinking it maybe the strings sounds beautiful when capoed (capod?) Feed back screams when played to close or to loud through amp. You can get very nice acoustic sounds from it along with jazz and LIGHT rock tones.

Overall Impression — 8
I play Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith etc kind of songs (mostly chords) with a capo and this guitar is very nice for this both un-plugged and through an amp. Went with an acoustic because my electric just wasn't cutting it for chords this guitar fits my wants and needs very well. If anything were to happen to it I would buy another one in a heartbeat if I could get this one repaired I would because of sentimental reasons now connected to it.

Reliability & Durability — 9
A strap would be needed to comfortably gig with this guitar. Guitar seems very nicely made from what I can see so far (except the one small flaw). Wish it had two strap buttons instead of the one (planing on getting a nice dark brown leather strap to blend in with the wood and a small piece of leather to attach it with). Looks and feels very dependable. Some small minor pick scratches in the area around the sound hole, this guitar doesn't have a pick guard so it would be expected.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Guitar was set up nicely of the show room floor no minor pick scratches even though it was the display model. Top looks amazing the mix of woods on the guitar blend perfectly. One small flaw with the braceing next to the sound hole a small piece of the braceing there is covered in glue and looks like it has no place in the guitar.

Features — 9
Made in China it was likely made in 2011. - 21 frets 25-1/4" scale - Laminated koa top Dean.com says sides/top are koa to me it looks most likely maple - Mahogany neck rosewood fretboard - Cutaway style body - Black NuBone nut and saddle - Piezo pickup - Dean DMT I2EX preamp & tuner w/ Dean DWC-Aphex Aural Exciter with Big Bottom Circuitry.

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    darrenakey
    These really are sparkly sounding and stunning art pieces too!! The Koa is also an Acacia, which has some interesting psychotropic properties via DMT and a pretty neat biblical connection too...what kind of wood, would a wood chuck *build the arc of the covenant out of? Also Hawaii is at the approx 19.5 longitude which sticks it under a harmonic point in the Becker-Hagens grid too Maybe that's why it does cords and capos so well as the person noted in another review, it has the same vibe as a ukulele...just in a different "scale"...string theory that!