This is one of the few AAAA-grade flamed Koa that Bob Taylor and his crew used on this all-Koa GS model. Larry Breedlove’s rosette design incorporates a serpentine swath of Koa set against creamy boxwood.
The Koa/Boxwood pairing on this pretty GS Koa carries over to the Engraved Twist fretboard inlay, in which the design’s swirling complexity is tempered with the subtle, organic quality of thin wood lines. A shaded edgeburst around the entire guitar — including the neck — adds a touch of vintage Hawaiian charm that’s complemented by rosewood binding, thin white purfling, and Gotoh tuners.
Tonally, a Koa top makes Koa’s natural midrange sweetness even more pronounced, especially after the guitar has been played in. Koa guitars also tend to be well-suited for the stage because the initial attack is balanced and focused without being boomy.
The guitar is in near mint condition with only three minor dents on the bottom end of the side (check pictures). She has a lovely midrange sound with decent bass and sparkling highs. One nice fact: this guitar was used to record a short acoustic part of the new Mission Impossble 6 motion picture that is expected in the summer of 2018.
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