Timeless koa appeal reimagined with a vibrant new voice.
With the new, all-solid-koa 700 Series, Taylor master designer Andy Powers has embraced Hawaiian koas natural beauty and sonic virtues in a fresh way that brings a distinctive musical personality to the Taylor line.
Compared to our established Koa Series, which showcases an ultra-refined look and sound, featuring figured koa, rich appointments, gloss finish and a smooth voice, the koa 700 Series channels more of koas natural character in look, feel and sound.
How the Series Was Born
Back in 2015, Taylor formed a Hawaii-based partnership with tonewood supplier Pacific Rim Tonewoods to supply and grow Hawaiian koa for the future. (The company is called Siglo Tonewoods.)
Part of our commitment is to contribute to current forest restoration efforts in Hawaii on a project basis through contracts with Hawaiian landowners.
As specified in these stewardship agreements, Siglo is permitted to cut a select number of designated koa trees, and in exchange, we invest dollar for dollar in a host of forest improvement projects.
These arrangements have enabled us to cut into more koa logs ourselves and discover far more varieties of koa wood, featuring a rich palette of colors with beautiful striping. (We hadnt previously been exposed to this type of koa in dealing with suppliers.) We gave this wood its own classification as Select-grade.
Taylor master builder Andy Powers was excited by the new opportunities this wood presented. It inspired him to design what became the Koa 700 Series. He wanted to honor the unique characteristics of this wood by offering players another compelling koa playing experience.
- Fretboard/Peghead Inlay: New Fountain design in mother-of-pearl
- Body Edge Treatment: Indian rosewood binding (including soundhole)
- Rosette: Single ring, paua and rosewood
- Tuners: Taylor polished bronze
- Other Unique Features: Maple/black/rosewood top edge trim, dark-stained maple pickguard
- Body / Top Wood: Solid Select-Grade
- Neck: Neo-Tropical Mahogany
- Fretboard: West African Ebony
- Nut Width: 1-¾
- Scale Length: 24-7/8
- Electronics: ES2
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Case
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