“The koa version’s beauty is much more than skin deep – the upgrade is worth the price if you’re a discriminating fingerstyle player”: Taylor 222ce-K DLX review

Koa is a Goldilocks tonewood positioned between spruce and mahogany – and this all-koa grand concert is a truly exquisite acoustic that presents real value for fingerpickers

Taylor 222ce-K DLX
(Image: © Taylor Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

By offering a true all-koa body guitar at a significantly reduced price, Taylor has made it easier than ever for guitarists to experience the alluring “goldilocks” tonal qualities of a koa acoustic.


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    Gorgeous Hawaiian koa top, back and sides.

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    Well-balanced tonal personality that is ideal for fingerstyle playing.

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    Venetian cutaway provides unrestricted access to upper frets.

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    Relatively affordable koa model.


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    Costs twice as much as the 212ce and $600 more than the comparable 212ce Plus.

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Koa is a very attractive-looking tonewood that is commonly associated with high-end models or expensive custom or boutique instruments.

Because of its higher cost, many guitarists haven’t experienced koa’s distinctive tonal qualities, which are sort of a “goldilocks” combo of the powerful bass of rosewood, sweet, warm mids of mahogany and brilliance of maple.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.