Of the woods that Pete is using these days, Korina is the most similar in tone to Koa. Beautiful sparkly highs and a nice shimmering sustain, so strumming has the Hawaiian tinge to the sound, whilst picking comes out lovely and crisp, with plenty of definition. The personal soundhole offers the player a really clear view on their sound as well. There's no fudging anything when playing one of these!
Korina has the most lovely greenish tint to the wood as well, making it very unique in that respect, and has a very interesting grain pattern with prominent dark and white striping running through it. It looks a bit like the cheaper Pacific Walnut instruments made by some brands in the East at the moment but do not be confused - this is all solid hard tonewood. It grows tall and straight, and in plentiful supply in its native Africa, and is not on any list of threatened species owing to careful management of stocks in the past, as well as now. For a sustainable alternative to Koa, but without any kind of compromise on the sound, then this has to be on your shortlist. Spec: Solid Black Line Korina top, back and sides Khaya neck Tazmanian Blackwood fretboard and bridge Corian nut and saddle Der Jung tuners
Ziegenspeck single bug Transducer fitted
65mm deep body 434mm scale length 36mm Nut width 10mm spacing at nut 40mm spacing at bridge Matt Cellulose Finish Worth BT high G strings Personal soundhole on upper bout Free SUS fibreglass case in white included The video below shows a similar Korina Tenor, but not the one you will receive which is in the photos. It does however give you a good idea of the exceptional sound to expect! VIDEO