Few tonewoods have a more storied history than Bob Taylor's personal favorite, Hawaiian koa. When King Kamehameha I conquered all the islands of Hawaii and unified them under his rule, his warriors rode in koa canoes and did battle with koa weapons outfitted with shark teeth and marlin bills; heck, his class of highly-trained warriors were called the na ali’i koa! Once the islands were united, Hawaiians built everything from traditional umeke bowls to surfboards to furniture to fence posts with the strong, sturdy wood. Eventually, someone said "what if I make an instrument out of this stuff?" and thus began koa's storied history as a tonewood.
Perhaps koa's storied history imbues it with a bit of extra mojo, but you don't need to ponder the past to understand why koa is Bob Taylor's favorite tonewood and why these limited-edition 424ce-Ks are such special guitars. Simply put, it is one of the most beautiful woods in the world when it comes to both sound and visuals. It has a gorgeous earthy color with entrancing grain patterns, but its powerful voice is its most alluring feature.
Right out of the box, koa sounds glorious. There is simply nothing in this world like playing a solid-koa guitar. It is an utterly magical experience. Koa guitars produce a strong, woody, warm midrange response with sweet, sunny, sparkling highs and tight, well-defined bass. And, the more time you invest into playing the guitar, it sounds better and better. As the woods vibrate more and more, the guitar opens up. The midrange becomes richer and warmer, the highs become lusher and more three-dimensional, and the bass response deepens. So, the Wildwood-Exclusive 424ce-K LTD will grow with you as you grow as a player!
Brand Taylor Guitars
Model Wildwood-Exclusive 424ce-K LTD
Type Grand Auditorium
Top Wood Solid Hand-Selected Hawaiian Koa
Bracing V-Class with Relief Rout
Back & Sides Wood Solid Hand-Selected Hawaiian Koa
Finish Gloss Natural
Neck Wood Neo-Tropical Mahogany
Neck Dimensions .860 1st - .880 9th
Fretboard Material West African Crelicam Ebony
Fingerboard Inlays Italian Acrylic Dots
Scale Length 25.5"
Width at Nut 1.75"
Nut Material Black Graphite-Infused Tusq
Electronics Taylor Expression System 2
Tuners Taylor Nickel
Bridge West African Crelicam Ebony
Case Taylor Hardshell