Overview

Exotic King Koa Guitars

For the collector seeking an exotic instrument of extraordinary beauty that delivers the rich sound only koa can provide. When played, this non-cutaway Auditorium guitar just sings; it is meticulously made, featuring hand-selected, expertly matched Hawaiian koa for the top, back and sides. Rich and responsive, especially in the lower register, it is a lively performer with clear and sweet tones. The King Koa will open up over time, the more the instrument is played, expanding the midrange for an even richer, sweeter tone. This fine instrument along with all other Masterclass, Exotic and Custom Sound Studio Series instruments are available exclusively in the USA through our Distinctive Dealers or internationally through our International Distributors.

Exotic King Koa Specifications
Body Type Auditorium
Neck Wood Honduran mahogany with bloodwood stringer
Solid Wood Top Solid figured koa
Solid Wood Back & Sides Solid figured koa
Top Finish Custom gloss
Fretboard Ebony
# Frets 20
Nut Width 1-3/4"
Tuners Hardware Gotoh 510, gold with black buttons
Lower Bout Width 16"
Waist Width 10 5/8"
Upper Bout Width 11 5/8"
Body Length 21"
Body Depth 3.75:
String Gauge D'Addario EXP 16
Pickup LR Baggs Anthem TRU-Mic
Bridge Winged bridge, African ebony
Binding Bloodwood
Inlay King Koa
Case Ameritage built

Body Shape

Breedlove set out to enhance the traditional dreadnought sound, and the results are evident. If you’re inspired by the familiarity of a dread, but are looking for more nuance and richness than usual, the Breedlove Dreadnought delivers. The shape is slightly more rounded than traditional dreadnoughts and produces beautifully full, punchy, and articulate tones. It also provides excellent projection and articulation, so it excels in any ensemble. The hand-graduated top provides the balance and clarity that make this one of the most innovative and expressive-sounding dreadnoughts on the market.

Graduated Top

Breedlove graduated tops contribute stunning balance from lows to highs. How? Graduated tops are slightly thicker on the treble side, balancing the higher energy treble frequencies with the lower energy bass frequencies traveling through the thinner bass side. The result: clearer, cleaner highs and stable, resonant lows. Because no two soundboards are exactly the same, Breedlove craftsmen evaluate each top for stiffness and density, and then graduate it accordingly. The amount of graduation is customized for each individual instrument. The top is sanded to the precise graduated thickness to achieve optimal flexibility and stiffness. This hands-on process is one of the major contributors to the Breedlove sound.

Breedlove Bridge Truss

The Breedlove Bridge Truss (BBT) reduces tension on the soundboard of the guitar, so the top wood is able to vibrate more freely, producing remarkable sustain, balance, and clarity. The BBT also allows for a thinner graduated top, thereby allowing Breedlove craftsmen to bring out the optimal sound from the top wood without sacrificing structural stability. Relieving much of the string tension from the bridge prevents “bridge belly,” ensuring top stability for decades. Guitar strings can exert up to 230 pounds of pull from the nut to the bridge. Traditional methods for preventing top bowing at the bridge usually involve heavy internal bracing and thicker tops. The BBT compensates for this pressure in an innovative way: The BBT is mounted to the bridge from the inside and is connected into the tail block of the guitar, pulling downward on the underside of the bridge to distribute some of the tension, relieving pressure on the top. The resulting tonal effect on BBT-equipped guitars is more resonance and livelier sound with enhanced overtones.

Breedlove Neck

Breedlove guitar necks feature a slimmer neck profile, which enables comfortable play, even with smaller hands. Unlike traditional dovetail neck joints that require major surgery for a neck re-set, it is easy to adjust the play action and neck angle with the Breedlove bolt-on neck and single-action truss rod. The hand-rubbed, semi-gloss Breedlove neck finish contributes to ideal playability – the finish process alone takes three days, including precise finish coat applications, fine sanding, and hand buffing and rubbing.

Wood Selection

Koa, acacia koa, originates in the Hawaiian Islands. Koa is one of the most visually stunning tonewoods available, with golden hues and, often, dramatic figure. Limited supply of the tonewood has driven up prices in recent years, so it is rarely found in production guitars. It is characterized by a tone that is both clear and sweet. Koa has the clarity of rosewood, but with the warm, light tones of mahogany and it opens up over time, the more the instrument is played, expanding the midrange, for an even richer, sweeter tone. The colors range from brown to gold, with rich and varying grain, tending toward curl or flame figure in old-growth trees.

Breedlove Asymmetrical Headstock

The asymmetrical headstock featured on CM, Concert, Auditorium, and 12-String body shapes isn’t just a pretty design – it’s specifically designed to keep the strings in a straight, even line from the nut to the tuning pegs. The result is even tension, stable tuning, and ease of alternate tuning.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Breedlove players around the world can attest: With consistent, proper care, your Breedlove will give you a lifetime of service – and inspiration. New Breedlove instruments, purchased through an authorized Breedlove dealer, are warrantied to be free of defects in materials and workmanship throughout the lifetime of the original owner. In addition to materials and workmanship, Breedlove offers a two-year warranty on tuning machines and electronics packages. Cases and bags are subject to a one-year warranty covering defects in structure and hardware. Full details on our limited lifetime warranty are available here.

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Chorder Newsdesk,

Breedlove`s Exotic King Koa hits the stage.

A brand new acoustic guitar of the exclusive class is revealed by Oregon-based steel-string master-makers, Breedlove.

Breedlove is a brand known for the custom shop level of quality of their instruments, a standard very hard to keep up with. Amazing consistency and unrepeatable style set the Breedlove acoustics and acoustic-electrics apart from the crowd. Aside from the build quality, models of this brand offer memorable and very elegant appearance, along with surprising practicality and ergonomy, a combo very seldom seen. To top it all off, Breedlove guitars offer outstanding playability and unforgettable tone. There is not a player out there who has tried a Breedlove and left it for another guitar. Exotic series is one of the regular series in the catalog and it deals with steel-stringers made of exclusive tonewoods of exotic origin. Almost like a full-fledged custom shop. And the price policy is on the par with the quality. For example, the new Exotic King Koa costs no less than $7,999. Quality does come with a price, but every last cent will be more than well spent, if invested into this marvelous steel-stringer.

Breedlove Exotic King Koa is an exclusive acoustic-electric guitar hailing from rainy Oregon. It rocks Breedlove`s variant of the famous auditorium shape. King Koa comes with a non-cutaway body with a 14th fret neck joint. Back, sides and the sound board are all made of the top-grade solid koa. Standard depth, length and width of the body guarantee a strong, warm and solid tone. Binding around the body and the sound hole rosette are both made of abalone, which blends in perfectly with the color and grain of gloss-finished koa. LR Baggs electronics are featured beneath the sound board. Neck is made of tropical mahogany, while the 21-fret fingerboard on it`s top and the standard bridge are made of African ebony. Exclusive and gold-plated Gotoh tuners wrap the specs list.

Chorder | 10.16.2014

Available at 5 Dealers

Music World

612B NE 81st St.,
Vancouver, Washington 98665
360.573.5575
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Moore Music

4200 East Morgan Avenue,
Evansville, Indiana 47715
812.479.9595
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The Guitar Sanctuary

6633 Virginia Pkwy,
McKinney, Texas 75071
972.540.6420
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Mojo's Music

144 N. Main Street,
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
618-655-1600
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Acoustic Vibes Music

2070 E Southern,
Tempe, Arizona 85282
602.295.5946
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