Words fail to adequately convey what might be referred to in Hawaiian as the nani ko-kı- (supremely beautiful) appearance of 's Hawaiian koa guitars, especially those featuring an all-koa body. The K26e celebrates that beauty with an all-wood appointment scheme that features their fluid Island Vine fretboard inlay in blackwood and maple, along with rosewood binding and maple top trim. A hand-sprayed shaded edgeburst enhances koa’s rich blend of color, figure and grain structure, adding a tasteful vintage aura. The best part: With time and extended play, a koa guitar’s voice will only grow sweeter and warmer, especially in the midrange.
Compared to the Grand Auditorium, the Grand Symphony has a bigger, rounder lower bout and slightely wider "waist" area, and the bigger sound board (top) means more tonal output. Expect a meaty lower midrange and strong treble shimmer. A GS is best if you want a guitar with a robust low end, strong volume when strumming or flatpicking, and clear articulation in response to light fingerpicking attack.
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Think of the top as a speaker driver. It's also one reason why the sounboard bracing architecture is important - it helps orchestrate the movement of the top and the voice of the instrument. The back and sides help flavor the overall sound. Koa is a fairly dense tropical hardwood with a strong midrange focus similar to mahogany, with a bit of extra top-end brightness and chime. The more koa is played and has a chance to open up - especially when the back and sides are also solid koa - it promises to grow warmer and sweeter, especially in the midrange.
's ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in ’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is ’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. Together with ’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your guitar. The Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, and active bass and treble controls.
Maple top trim, blackwood/maple "Island Vine" fingerboard inlay, peghead inlay, single ring rosewood/maple rosette, Indian rosewood binding.
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Body type: Grand Symphony
Top wood:Solid Hawaiian Koa
Back & sides:Solid Hawaiian Koa
Bracing pattern: Standard III with Relief Rout
Body finish:Gloss 6.0 with Shaded Edge Burst (Entire Guitar)
Neck shape: Standard Profile
Nut width:1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
Fingerboard:Genuine African Ebony
Neck wood:Tropical Mahogany
Scale length:25.5 in.
Number of frets:20
Pickup/preamp:Expression System 2 Professional Audio-Grade
Configuration:Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
Preamp EQ:Volume, Active Bass and Treble
Feedback filter:Onboard Phase Switch
Headstock overlay:Genuine African Ebony
Tuning machines: Gold Tuners with Gold Buttons
Bridge:Genuine African Ebony
Saddle & nut:Bone
Number of strings:6
Special features:See "Other Features" above
Case: Deluxe Hard Shell Case
Country of origin:United States
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Koa Series K26e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar
Shape: Grand Symphony
Number of Strings: 6
Back/Side Wood: Hawaiian Koa
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Top Wood: Hawaiian Koa
Body Length: 20"
Electronics: Expression System 2
Body Width: 16 1/4"
Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Nut & Saddle: Bone
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: Island Vine
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Binding: Indian Rosewood
Bridge Inlay: None
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
Back/Side Finish: Gloss
Top Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Satin
Case: Deluxe Hardshell Brown
Number of Frets: 20
Armrest Binding: None
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Wood: None
Backstrap Finish: None
Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
Edge Trim: Maple
Fingerboard Ext: None
Fretboard Binding: Indian Rosewood
Heel Cap Binding: Indian Rosewood
Heel length: 3-1/2"
Peghead Finish: Gloss
Peghead Inlay: Island Vine
Peghead Binding: Indian Rosewood
Peghead Logo: Maple
Peghead Type: Standard
Rosette Mat.: Rosewood/Maple/Rosewood
Rosette Size: Single Ring
Stain/Sunburst: Shaded Edgeburst
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
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Tone: very rich right out of the box. The guitar has dual personality, bright when strummed, but becomes dark and mellow when fingerstiled. The bass response is much stronger than I expected, I suppose it's from the Grand Symphony body shape. The ES2 pickup is absolutely fantastic, a great improvement from ES. The plugged in sound is very natural, as if you had a mic inside the guitar, unlike the twangy ultrabright sound of the previous generation.
Playability: excellent, with low action and very smooth neck.
Look: No need to say anything here, the picture speaks for itself.
Chaylor Koa Series K26e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar Shaded Edge Burst
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