KOA Telecaster...

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  1. Decept

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    they look nice but the three i played did not sound good or play well at all. I will admit that there has to be a few nice ones out there and the body seemed nice enough to me but, I had problems with the necks. The nuts were cut very high and the action was way too high. The fret edges were sticking out and i didn't like the contour of the neck. If you would give one a good setup and a new nut (possibly fret job too) you could have a pretty good guitar.
     
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    Where are they made? And how was the tone and output?
     
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    Haven't played one. Koa is a pretty hard wood. Perhaps denser than mahogany. So, I'd expect a pretty snappy tone. That said, the Koa Fender is using looks pretty plain. Perhaps they are choosing it for wieght. Good idea, Koa can be real heavy.
     
  5. Taller

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    "Alder body with a Koa top."

    I doubt you'd realize any of the tonal properties of Koa with that guitar.
     
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    I am not positive, but I think that the koa is just a veneer.

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    I have seen one locally. It's pretty. And it is just a veneer. I didn't play it, though. They are either MIM or MIK I think.
     
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    Yes its a veneer. I have not heard great things about this Koa strat and tele series, unfortunately. Nice looking and good idea though.

    Good luck.
     
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    They are purty, for sure. I have resisted grabbing the Tele I see because I don't WANT to like it LOL The same shop has a lefty MIJ Tele that I absolutely love. Fortunately for me, I am a righty. But damn that neck feels so fine! First new MIJ I have ever seen in this area, too.
     
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    yes its a vaneer and from what ive seen its basswood not alder as the main body.

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  11. el_cid

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    Im pretty sure they are Korean, but I just bought a Light Ash Tele, which is also Korean and I love it. I almost didn't buy it jsut because of where it was made, but I'm glad I did. Came stock with Duncans, and I already bought an RS Tele Kit to fix everything else.
     
  12. Decept

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    What do you mean by vaneer?
     
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    Thin layer of KOA over the alder body. Maybe 1/8" thick or even 1/16" thick is all. This has been an accepted practice with furniture for a hundred years or more. Just a woodworking trick for aesthetics.
     
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    So it's basically an american alder telecaster, with Koa over it... and then shipped to Korea to be made.
     
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    Are there any places to get a pickguard like that? Or a metal/designed one?
     
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    Made in Korea ... very pretty, but the couple I have played in local GCs don't thrill for sound or construction .... fret sprout on a new guitar SHOULD be unthinkable, but both that I played had jagged ends.

    the PUPs are OK but nothing to scream about ... not much to recommend at the list price of $629 ....
     
  18. Dave Yeats

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    Did somebody say Koa Telecaster? Here's my partscaster:

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    I imagine the Fender versions are a lot like the lite ash telecasters (also Korean-made), but I haven't played one.
     
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    The ones that I've tried have been extremely heavy.
     

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