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Intermediate Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 184
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

With that price, the "make an offer" option is mandatory :-)
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1516
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post

Way over priced "Buy It Now".

Advanced Member
Username: lembic76450

Post Number: 202
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 1:07 pm:   Edit Post

Unless he has case candy stating that it is Koa,
it really doesn't look it to me. Possibly Walnut?
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 1206
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 3:35 pm:   Edit Post

Not Koa to my eyes.
Senior Member
Username: mike1762

Post Number: 474
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 5:22 pm:   Edit Post

I wonder how many of these went out the door with a "Stanley" sticker. Is he claiming the body is Koa or the top/back? The top/back look like cocobolo. Maybe the $8,000 was metric dollars.
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 2436
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 9:42 pm:   Edit Post

While I wouldn't stand up and say that's definitely koa, the pics are all on the dark side and the grain does look sort of koa like. I think it would take a more accurate picture or a wood card to tell the tale. Koa neck stringers would be pretty unusual, but who knows what sort of experiments they were doing with wood types back in '87.

In any case, at $8K for a signature instrument, it almost wouldn't matter what the woods were in terms of value.
Senior Member
Username: glocke

Post Number: 676
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, February 15, 2010 - 12:10 am:   Edit Post

Definitely not Koa to my eyes either. Its also priced about $4000.00 too much.
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 657
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, February 15, 2010 - 7:00 am:   Edit Post

My guess is maple & purpleheart neck, mahagony core w/maple lams & rosewood top & back. I don't see anything that remotely resembles koa.

Intermediate Member
Username: jedisan

Post Number: 122
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Monday, February 15, 2010 - 9:01 am:   Edit Post

Yep, I say rosewood too. I had one of these from around the same build date. And I believe on these models, especially with the "signature" on the headstock, rosewood was the go to wood for front and back at the time.
Intermediate Member
Username: to_81_0190

Post Number: 136
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010 - 6:42 pm:   Edit Post

The discription is stating 'Body is Hawaiian Koa'. I have seen few Alembics with Koa center but I can't make it sure from pics. The top would be Indian Rosewood.

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