White Korina and Black Korina
Many People mistake Korina for Koa... They are definitely not the same ! Koa comes from
Hawaii and Korina comes from Africa. Koa has a little more red in it than
Korina also Korina wood is usually a little lighter in weight.
Tonally, most people would agree
that Korina wins on an electric guitar & Koa wins on an acoustic. The problem
with that theory is, there are so few Korina Acoustic Guitars that this writer
thinks it would be hard to make that judgment. By Jan of 2008, I plan to build
several Korina Acoustic
Guitars, simply to see what the difference really is. In
my entire career I don't think I have ever encountered a Korina acoustic guitar
of any kind. So if any brave souls wish to get involved in my little Korina
Acoustic discovery project, Please let me know. Theoretically,
Korina should sound great! I have some moving and restructuring plans for
2006 & 2007 so I am putting off this project for a little while. As I said above
if any one wants to get involved by ordering one of the prototypes, I will of
course give the guitar to them at a greatly reduced price.
Custom Made Abstract Juvenile
Customer Traded This In For A Quicksilver With A Similar Body Shape.
Guitar Is Available For Sale
White Korina With No Stain
This wood sounds excellent !
No Longer in Production From Hamer
Never Fear "RVC" Can Build you a Beautiful Replica !!
RVC stands for " Roman Vintage Custom"
Custom Built RVC Guitar for Elliot Easton of
"The Cars" 2004
White Korina, Ebony Fretboard, Jason Lollar Pickup
RVC stands for " Roman Vintage Custom"
White Korina Tele Style
Available with or without binding, Korina or Rosewood
Your choice of pickups, Custom Hardware
See some of the ones we have built
The "Magic Twanger" is a bolt on single cutaway traditional
shape guitar. I am offering this guitar in
any type of pickup configuration imaginable. You can buy a hollow body or solid
version. There are over 43 types of wood available for the body. You can
order virtually any shape pickguard.
Tremolos are available, MIDI,
The Pearlcaster offers even more
This Magic Twanger offers a beautiful Black Korina Body. Awesome
Birdseye Maple neck.
Specially made to order many years ago this guitar was covered with inlays front
The boxy, traditional shape, by nature of it's square design, simply
does not lend itself to gracefulness. Yet somehow these guitars still seem to
exude a natural beauty that is unexplainable!!!
Contact Ed Roman if you would like something
like this built to your exact specifications.
LSR Headless also made right here in our custom shop
The Body is Black Korina & The Neck is Koa
Abstract Neck Through
Double Cut Guitar
James Hetfield Model In Figured Korina
He has a beautiful one in
Also I have seen him with a Chechin & a Mahogany Model
Korina is The Holy Grail of Tone Woods
Built For Rudy Seanez
Guitar Built for Rudy Seanez 2000
Abstract Wanderer Model
White Korina With Gloss Finish
The white Korina is what Gibson, Dean & Hamer use on
all their Korina models.
This is a custom made guitar made from white Korina
This is a custom body that I made for a newer PRS guitar,
It Looks Better than Original.
It Sounds Better than the Original.
It Weighs Less than the Original.
My shop is always looking to improve on stock instruments.
There is virtually nothing that can't be made better in some way.
Neck Through Double Cutaway Model
Call Ed Roman For Pricing & Availability (702) 597-0147
These guitars are some the best sounding & most tonal guitars you will ever
Please take 5 minutes and read about the different concept of construction of
Korina is sometimes confused with Koa.
These are two different species.
Koa only grows in Hawaii.
Sometimes it can be flamed the color is a reddish brown.
Korina is darker brown or white
I have never seen it flamed.
Korina LSR EB-1
Korina, is the wood that Gibson used in the late 50's to make some of their most resonant guitars.
These were the original "Flying V", "The Moderne", The "Futura" and the
Jimmy Wallace's early 1980 Les Paul 59 reissue's
have Korina Wood backs. These guitars sell today for $30.000.00. The only real
difference is the Korina
Today these guitars are selling in the $35,000.00 range. The original
"Flying V's" and "Explorers" are bringing prices in excess of $200,000.00.
So it's a fair statement to make that Korina Wood Gibson's are also some of
Gibson's most valuable guitars.
Korina is legendary as a tone wood, It is not overly expensive but it is rare.
My theory on it's rarity is there aren't many lumber importers bringing it in to
the country because there is simply not enough other uses for it.
The guitar business is actually minuscule in the grand scheme of things. For
most similar applications mahogany works almost as well. Mahogany is extremely
plentiful readily available anywhere and inexpensive.
There are two varieties, black Limba and white Limba.
The Dean's in this photo are all white.
These are front shots of the two guitars above.
Both Retopped in My Shop
The Abstract EXP model above are the same guitar,
The top one has been
wiped with a wet towel.
Wetting it down gives an example of what a clear coat of finish will look
Gibson Custom Shop Guitar,
Ltd Edition 10 made, African Korina Wood
Gold Hardware, Black Binding,
Rosewood Board, & Gibson's usual plastic inlays
Original Street Price in 1995 $8,000.00 (Ouch)
Overpriced to be sure.
Jim Triggs builds a
much better single cut guitar for much less money!!!
The Maximus is the only neck
through body version of a single cut
The JET Caldera is an awesome looking
single cut guitar
PRS makes a quality single cut guitar I
don't like wraparound bridge or the 22 fret limitation.
Dean makes one, It's OK, but it is not as
good as their traditional models.
Korina is legendary as a tone wood. It is not overly
expensive but it is rare. My theory on it's rarity is there aren't many lumber
importers bringing it in to the country because there is simply not enough other
uses for it. I believe it is the absolute best wood to make a guitar from.
The guitar business is actually minuscule in the grand scheme
of things. For most similar applications Mahogany works just as well. Mahogany
is extremely plentiful readily available and very inexpensive.
For this reason very few companies offer it as a standard
option. As of this writing I only know of several companies offering it. These
companies are Gledura,
Pagan and of course myself .
Hamer have discontinued it's use. So a very good
investment would be one of those.
This Is A Left-Handed Korina Pearlcaster
Made In My Shop
Korina 7 String Scorpion
Black Korina Alien Model
Black Korina Picasso Model
Black Korina Scorpion Model
Scorpion Yankee Rose in Black Korina
Custom Double Cutaway Guitars
Available Solid or Hollow
Custom Made 7 String
White Korina With Nitrocellulose Clear Finish
(I will be adding more examples to this Gallery as I complete them)
I am now offering the LSR EB-1 with a Korina or Koa back also.
I believe it to be one of the best instruments I have ever built.