FRETS.COM New Instrument Review
September 23, 1999

Taylor K-22
© Frank Ford, 1999; Photos by FF

Here's a regular Taylor model you don't see every day. The K-22 has been a standard Taylor guitar for a long time, but it is not always in production. When you take a look at these pictures, you'll see why. It's just not possible for Taylor (or anybody) to obtain enough Koa of this fancy grade. Koa grows only in Hawaii, and is very limited in availability, with the curly or figured wood being the most rare and expensive.

Koa top instruments have a unique sound. If you'd like a really mellow fingerstyle guitar, this may be the instrument for you. My guitarist friend, Ed Johnson, likes the K-22 for fingerstyle jazz, and says it has a uniform mellow tone throughout its entire range.

I'm particularly attracted to the K-22 because it's a fancy guitar with no frills. How's that? Well, it has super fancy elegant wood, and tradtional lines, with relatively little inlay or decorative "add-ons" to distract they eye. This fine koa instrument is made with "
bookmatched" solid woods throughout.

Please click on the small photos

Look closely, and you'll see that the top and back are matched to each other as well.

This is what I call fancy Koa!

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