Best Acoustic Guitars With Koa Back in 2024

Here are the top acoustic guitars with Koa back. It's a type of wood native to the Hawaiian Islands, where it's pretty common. Its musical properties make it a great wood for making guitars, but it's especially popular for building Ukuleles.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. Taylor GT K21e

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Playability 82
Sound 86
Build quality 89
Value for money 71
Overall Score 86

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  • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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  • From Taylor's 2021 Koa series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.125"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
  • Tropical Mahogany neck
  • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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  • From Taylor's 2021 Koa series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.125"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
  • Tropical Mahogany neck
  • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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Taylor GT K21e
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Electronics
  • Synthetic Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Takamine TF77-PT

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Playability 77
Sound 86
Build quality 87
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83

What our users think

  • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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  • From Takamine's 2012 Legacy series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.4"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Cedar top
  • Solid Koa back
  • Solid Koa sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine tuners
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  • From Takamine's 2012 Legacy series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.4"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Cedar top
  • Solid Koa back
  • Solid Koa sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine tuners
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Takamine TF77-PT
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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3. Gibson Custom Hummingbird Custom

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Playability 78
Sound 85
Build quality 85
Value for money 68
Overall Score 83
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2021 Modern Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Koa back
  • Solid Koa sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Traditional belly up bridge
  • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Grover, Engraved Kidney Knobs tuners
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2021 Modern Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Koa back
  • Solid Koa sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Traditional belly up bridge
  • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Grover, Engraved Kidney Knobs tuners
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Gibson Custom Hummingbird Custom
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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4. Cort OM-LE KA

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Playability 73
Sound 86
Build quality 85
Value for money 66
Overall Score 81
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  • From Cort's 2018 Limited series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa (Master Grade) top
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa (Master Grade) back
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa (Master Grade) sides
  • Walnut Reinforced Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: L.R.Baggs Anthem (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony w/ Ebony Pins bridge
  • Acoustic Cort Neck Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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  • From Cort's 2018 Limited series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa (Master Grade) top
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa (Master Grade) back
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa (Master Grade) sides
  • Walnut Reinforced Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: L.R.Baggs Anthem (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony w/ Ebony Pins bridge
  • Acoustic Cort Neck Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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Cort OM-LE KA
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    5. Martin 000-12E

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    Playability 77
    Sound 83
    Build quality 72
    Value for money 77
    Overall Score 77

    What our users think

    • Tuning stability: Won't stay in tune (1 vote)
    • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
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    • From Martin's 2019 Road series
    • Made in Mexico
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Koa Fine Veneer back
    • Koa Fine Veneer sides
    • Select Hardwood neck
    • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman MX-T (Preamp/Active)
    • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
    • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Black Enclosed Gear tuners
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    • From Martin's 2019 Road series
    • Made in Mexico
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Koa Fine Veneer back
    • Koa Fine Veneer sides
    • Select Hardwood neck
    • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman MX-T (Preamp/Active)
    • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
    • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Black Enclosed Gear tuners
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    Martin 000-12E
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Mexico
    • No Expensive Woods
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • Low-Quality Material Saddle
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    6. Washburn G55CE Koa

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    Playability 73
    Sound 83
    Build quality 69
    Value for money 80
    Overall Score 75
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    • From Washburn's 2021 Comfort series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 25.31"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Koa top
    • Koa back
    • Koa sides
    • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
    • Ovangkol fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys+ 501T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
    • Mahogany Bound Ovangkol bridge
    • Acoustic Washburn Comfort Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • 18:1 Black with Black Buttons tuners
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    • From Washburn's 2021 Comfort series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 25.31"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Koa top
    • Koa back
    • Koa sides
    • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
    • Ovangkol fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys+ 501T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
    • Mahogany Bound Ovangkol bridge
    • Acoustic Washburn Comfort Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • 18:1 Black with Black Buttons tuners
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    Washburn G55CE Koa
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Bone Saddle
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in China
    • Laminated Top Wood
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    7. Taylor K26ce

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    Playability 77
    Sound 86
    Build quality 89
    Value for money 69
    Overall Score 84

    What our users think

    • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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    • From Taylor's 2014 Koa series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    • From Taylor's 2014 Koa series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    Taylor K26ce
    • Made in United States
    • Expensive Wood
    • Ivory Tusq Nut
    • Electronics
    • Ivory Tusq Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Solid Side Wood
    • Solid Back Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    8. Taylor 724ce

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    Playability 73
    Sound 88
    Build quality 85
    Value for money 67
    Overall Score 82

    What our users think

    • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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    • From Taylor's 2022 700 series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Taylor Polished Bronze tuners
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    • 5 Prices - New from $3,544 >
    • From Taylor's 2022 700 series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Taylor Polished Bronze tuners
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    Taylor 724ce
    • Made in United States
    • Expensive Wood
    • Ivory Tusq Nut
    • Electronics
    • Ivory Tusq Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Solid Side Wood
    • Solid Back Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    9. Taylor 722ce

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    Playability 77
    Sound 86
    Build quality 85
    Value for money 68
    Overall Score 83

    What our users think

    • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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    • From Taylor's 2022 700 series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Taylor Polished Bronze tuners
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    • 6 Prices - New from $3,400 >
    • From Taylor's 2022 700 series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Taylor Polished Bronze tuners
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    Taylor 722ce
    • Made in United States
    • Expensive Wood
    • Ivory Tusq Nut
    • Electronics
    • Ivory Tusq Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Solid Side Wood
    • Solid Back Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    10. Taylor K22ce

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    Playability 77
    Sound 85
    Build quality 85
    Value for money 67
    Overall Score 82

    What our users think

    • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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    • From Taylor's 2018 Koa series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    • 4 Prices - New from $5,999 >
    • From Taylor's 2018 Koa series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    Taylor K22ce
    • Made in United States
    • Expensive Wood
    • Electronics
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Solid Side Wood
    • Solid Back Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • Low-Quality Material Saddle
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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