We adopted our grading system from the Maple, Spruce and Cedar market. We use the grading system explained below for our Koa tonewood products namely Koa ukulele sets, Koa acoustic guitar sets and Koa electric guitar sets.
Please have a look at the photo above and you can see the wood grain range from the left to right from NON (1A) curly to SUPER (5A) curly. I adopted this grading system from the Maple, Spruce and Cedar market (thanks Dave!) in order to have a base line grading system when trying to sell Hawaiian Koa tonewood in the instrument market. My father had his grading system for Koa lumber that was adopted from NHLA grading rules, but that just didn’t work when speaking luthiery. While not perfect, I found this does help our buyers understand what to expect from us when they order Koa ukulele sets, Koa acoustic guitar sets and Koa electric guitar sets. We do our best to match the buyer’s expectations with what we promise to supply.Hawaiian Koa is generally graded by strength and depth of curl or evidence of figure and character. Fancier the wood = higher the grade. All grading is within the template of the instrument supplied. Color is not a grading factor for us and Hawaiian Koa tonewood can range from a very light, golden color to a deep chocolate brown or red.
• 1A-2A - no to light curl, but meets the criteria of having a vertical grain cut and little to no runoff at the edges• 3A - pervasive curl yet may disappear or look stronger at certain angles or have bald spots• 4A - strong curl and figure, usually throughout the entire plate, generally visible from all angles• 5A - Excellent, strong, deep curl no less than 90% and no blemishes within the template
Log prices fluctuate wildly these days which means the prices will as well, so please understand it is really about good ‘ol economics on what we can offer. Sometimes we have lots for reasonable prices and sometimes hardly any at all and expensive.We sell Koa tonewood by set namely "Koa ukulele sets", "Koa acoustic guitar sets" and "Koa electric guitar sets". We are a wholesale and retail tonewood supplier capable to supply one to 1,000's of sets. We do all the processing from green to final product on the Big Island and on Oahu, Hawaii. Our tonewood products are categorized by ukulele sizes, guitar sets and instrument billets. We have soprano, concert and tenor for ukulele sizes, as for acoustic guitar and electric guitar sets, we have guitar tops, sides and backs.Currently these are the wood species we sell for tonewood category: figured curly Hawaiian Koa, spalted Hawaiian Mango, Indian Rosewood, Brazilian Rosewood, Cocobolo, Monkey Pod, Cuban Mahogany, Spruce Sitka, Spruce Engelmann and Spruce Adirondack. We're in the process of putting all these tonewood sets online but they are coming soon! We might have what you're after, you can inquire through email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you shortly.
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