RARE Taylor Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar ORIGINAL 1995 GA-K
Yes, THIS IS IT! – #31 of the LIMITED EDITION of 100 GA-Ks that Robert Taylor built in 1995. Most Taylor aficionados recognize this limited run of 100 koa Grand Auditoriums to be some of the BEST GUITARS ever MADE BY ROBERT TAYLOR. These instruments are counted and collected. You never see these available, anywhere. Never. They are the stuff of legend – and earn that reputation easily.
It is in excellent condition – barely played. These woods look like Presentation Quality - Beautiful and Exotic Koa back and sides with solid close-grained spruce top. The Koa is insanely 3D and beautiful. This is the nicest Koa I have ever seen. One-piece mahogany neck, colorful abalone soundhole rosette and body binding, and deluxe inlays on neck. I believe the neck and bridge are ebony.
This grand auditorium has wonderfully complex harmonics and well balanced tone. It has an intriguing, dark pearly bass with a warm, responsive midrange, and a nice treble sparkle. Koa enjoys the midrange of mahogany with the top end of maple. On new Koa instruments, that midrange is brittle – and takes time to warm and open up. This instrument has bloomed beautifully and has the full tonal range from mahogany to maple. The highly responsive solid spruce top has nicely aged to a beautiful golden hue – and notes spring from the soundboard. The combination of the responsive spruce top plus the warmth and complexity of Koa makes this guitar awesome for fingerstyle, blues, jazz, celtic, and Hawaiian. This guitar rings sweetly when slacked to Hawaiian/Celtic tunings. And it is a cannon when strummed. It’s a brilliant instrument. Without reserve, this is the nicest guitar I have ever played or owned. I have owned more than 50 instruments over the past 25 years.
If you’re old school like me – and think the original Taylor solid mahogany neck sounds better than the new Taylor finger-joint necks, then you should pay additional attention to this offering. The solid slab of mahogany chosen for this neck has beautiful grain – and is among the most comfortable necks I have ever played. The action is low – and the neck feels so good – it feels a little like cheating when playing this guitar – it’s so effortless.
Here are the specs for the recent koa series. They are similar to the specs for the 1995.
Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Auditorium
Back & Sides: Hawaiian Koa
Top: Sitka Spruce
Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
Fretboard Inlay: Abalone Snowflakes
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Tuning Machines: Gold-plated Taylor Tuners
Strings: Elixir Light Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
Scale Length: 25-1/2 Inches
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4 Inches
Number of Frets: 20
Fretboard radius: 15 inches
Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern W/Relief Rout)
Finish: Gloss Natural
Body Width: 15 Inches
Body Depth: 4-1/8 inches
Body Length: 19-1/2 inches
Overall Length: 40-1/2 inches
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell
This instrument is part of my cherished collection of acoustics. It sits importantly in the ranks of my small bodied Gibsons, Martins, and Taylors - and I never thought I would part with it.
This instrument is in excellent condition - some would say “minty”. Maintained always in my temperature- and humidity-controlled music room in my non-smoking house. Comes complete with the original Taylor hardshell case - also in excellent condition.
The new Koas cost $4,998 retail and $3,998 from the usual discount Taylor dealers. In 15 years, I'm sure the koa will have opened up and bloomed like this one. But in the meantime, it won’t have the beautifully aged 15 year old top like mine. It won’t have opened up to that brilliant Koa sparkle, It won’t have a one piece neck. It won’t have this presentation quality koa – unless you’re ready to drop it big time. And it won’t be one of those first rare collectable 100 that launched Taylor into the stratosphere. You can steal mine here for $3100. Free shipping to CONUS. Postal Money Order Only.