Hey there. I've got this thing that is bugging me and I'm sick of listening to amateur opinions based on wishful thinking, so I'm hoping that maybe one or two of the luthiers that skulk around in here will be so kind as to share their expert knowledge. Here's the deal. We're talking about Epiphone "Korina" guitars. These guitars are abviously a Korina veneer over some kind of core, usually two (Flying V) or three (Explorer) slabs glued together. Now, let's look at the economics. These guitars retail for $500 US. So, the dealer plays somewhat less than that, and Epiphone plays less than that, and the manufacturer (usually Unsung in Korea) has to pay yet less in terms of materials, hardware, labour, machine and plant amortization, etc. etc. If we assume a 50/50 split between the hard and soft costs, I'm thinking that Unsung spends about $40 or so, all told, for all materials and hardware that go into one of these guitars. With me so far? OK. Given that you need a good 3 1/2 board feet to make one of these instruments, what are the chances that this core wood under the veneer is Korina? What are the chances that it's lauan? Gentlemen, start your engines.