Bob Taylor knows a thing or two about acoustic guitar tone, so it really means something when he says that his favorite tonewood of all time is koa. When you look at the beautiful grain patterns on Taylor’s koa series guitars and hear their sweet voices sing out, it’s tough to disagree! But, don’t just take Bob’s word for it: koa is so beautiful that, in the late 1700s, Hawaiian King Kamehameha declared it illegal for anyone but the royal family to possess it! Of course, that soon changed, and Hawaiians built everything out of koa: traditional umeke bowls, tools, fences, canoes, and even the first surfboards!
Somewhere along the way, somebody discovered it was a marvelous tonewood for instruments, too. Ever since, koa’s sparkling, chiming highs, warm midrange response, and sculpted low-end have brought delight to guitar players all over the world. It provides fantastic note separation, and it is quite dynamic and responsive to player input. And, it projects like nobody’s business!