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Breedlove C25

Sitka Spruce Top
Flamed Koa Back/Sides
Deep Body/Soft Cutaway

I'm pleased to offer yet another Killer Koa, from the friendly folks at Breedlove Guitar Company. When last I had a Koa Breedlove, it was in the form of a most excellent C15, which has since moved on to a new owner. That stellar Cedar-topped instrument had a couple of showroom years on it, albeit careful, uneventful years. The Cedar top on that instrument had a lovely resonance, and the guitar was warm and inviting - a fingerstyle standout from the moment I got it.

So being more of a picker/rhythm player myself, I wondered to myself.... what would Koa be like underneath a Sitka Spruce top? Surely I'd get that same warmth and responsiveness, but with even more headroom - something that would push back when I leaned into it. Fortunately, I did not have to wait long.

This Sitka/Koa C25 sports a stunning flamed Koa back/side set, and the Sitka Spruce top is tight and even, with a lot of silking going on. Ivoroid binding completes this instrument in a very crisp and tasteful way. The Mahogany neck feels particularly good on this instrument - fast, smooth, and comfortable like most Breedlove necks, but with an even less friction than I'm used to seeing. The sound of this guitar is indeed warm - a very even tone, well-defined and articulate. This would be an excellent guitar to have in a studio arsenal, and would serve as a very effective counterpoint to a darker Rosewood instrument. Koa rocks!

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