Best Koa Top Acoustic Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best Koa top acoustic guitars. 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. 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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    3. Takamine TSP178ACK

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    Playability 80
    Sound 81
    Build quality 80
    Value for money 70
    Overall Score 80

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    • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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    • From Takamine's 2019 Thinline series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.8"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Arched Koa top
    • Arched Koa back
    • Koa sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    • From Takamine's 2019 Thinline series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.8"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Arched Koa top
    • Arched Koa back
    • Koa sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    Takamine TSP178ACK
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Bone Saddle
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • 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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    4. Harley Benton CLD-15CE Koa Exotic

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    Playability 73
    Sound 85
    Build quality 70
    Value for money 86
    Overall Score 76
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    • From Harley Benton's 2021 Custom Line series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 25.315"'' scale
    • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
    • Koa solid top
    • Mahogany back
    • Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Pau Ferro fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Sonicore with Fishman Presys II preamp (Preamp/Active)
    • Pau Ferro bridge
    • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Black DieCast machine heads with Mushroom buttons tuners
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    • From Harley Benton's 2021 Custom Line series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 25.315"'' scale
    • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
    • Koa solid top
    • Mahogany back
    • Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Pau Ferro fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Sonicore with Fishman Presys II preamp (Preamp/Active)
    • Pau Ferro bridge
    • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Black DieCast machine heads with Mushroom buttons tuners
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    Harley Benton CLD-15CE Koa Exotic
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Plastic Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in China
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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      5. 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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      • 2 Prices - New from $999 >
      • 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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      6. 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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      • 4 Prices - New from $5,999 >
      • 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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      • 4 Prices - New from $5,999 >
      • 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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      7. 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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      • 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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      • 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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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      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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      8. 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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      • 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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      • 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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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      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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      9. 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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      • 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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      • 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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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      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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      10. Taylor K24ce

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      Playability 73
      Sound 86
      Build quality 85
      Value for money 66
      Overall Score 81

      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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      • 4 Prices - New from $6,299 >
      • From Taylor's 2019 Koa 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
      • Gotoh tuners
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      • 4 Prices - New from $6,299 >
      • From Taylor's 2019 Koa 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
      • Gotoh tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Taylor K24ce
      • 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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