Quintessential, in Koa

Tony Karol

Karol Signature

AAA flamed Koa,Top, Back Sides, Florentine Cut-Away, Armrest,  African Blackwood Binding, Bridge, Headplates and Armrest veneer, Rosette of African blackwood and Paua Abalone, with black/green/black mitred Purfling Lines, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard , 12th fret Pacific Island  Inlay of Red and Paua Abalone, Gold and Bronze Mother of Pearl, 25.34 Scale length, 1 ¾ bone nut, 2 3/16 Bone saddle, Ebony Bridge Pins, Gotoh 510 tuners     New with warranty     reg:  $7500   SOLD


The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem

1. Chordal Response: even flow, consistent responsive call and return
𝑑1 = 4.75   ( 4.75 -n) +1 = 1.75)
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:excellent clear, defined and responsive decay
approx 12  sec as note ~ 12 sec with vibrato
𝑑2 = 4.85   ( 4.8– n) +1 = 1.85)
3. Basic volume and presence: responsive, intimate playing experience, upfront and personal bloom with a concert finish, clear and present, bright and crisp, excellent strummer and picker
𝑑3 =4.75  ( 4.75– n) +1 = 1.75)
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, chiming highs, well pronounced upper notes above the twelfth fret on the mids and trebles
𝑑4 =4.85 ( 4.85– n) +1 = 1.85)

5.Systematic sustain: very precise and focused sustain with a warm lush finish,  
𝑑5 =4.75 (4.75 – n) +1 = 1.75 )
6. Response compliance: consistent, reliable response across the spectrum, Quintessential Koa response,      
𝑑6 = 4.7 (4.7– n) +1 =1.7 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: well balanced, powerful spectrum of tone and response
𝑑7 = 4.8 (4.8- n) +1 =1.8 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: consistent even balance and projection from all strings, very airy finish, bright
𝑑8 = (4.8– n) +1 =1.8 )
Tone projection: forward projection with intimate finish
𝑑9 =4.75 ( 4.75 – n) +1 = 1.75)
A large dynamic range:   round clear and responsive notes, drops of tone in a bright bell like  finish to sharp and dry
𝑑10 = 4.7 (4.7 – n) +1 = 1.7)

11. Tonal bloom: even consistent steady bloom, perfect for blending finger style or strumming and picking
𝑑11 =4.75 ( 4.75– n) +1 =1.75 )

Quality Of Tone

Rich, even, round, see and open tone with  round clear and responsive notes, drops of tone in a bright bell like  finish to sharp and dry and an even consistent steady bloom, perfect for blending finger style or strumming and picking, forward projection with intimate finish.


∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)=
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = / T
𝐏= 19.45/ 22 ≅ 8.8/10 ≅ 88 %


With the 2015 winter over Tony Karol set out to craft a warm, sweet and open guitar with a Koa top he had voiced and aged in 2014. Tony chose to craft his Signature body style and paired it with a Koa back and sides. This guitar began construction under the constellation Aries and was delivered as a finished guitar as a Libra.


This guitar features Tony Karol’s own body design, geometry, inlay, as well as bracing. Borrowed design elements are the sound port, armrest. Tony does an incredible job of executing the mitred purling lines and part of his signature look is using a bright palette of colours to blend with the abalone in the light.


This guitar overall has a more feminine vibe. A sweet, open, intimate voice with hints of subtleties to keep you really interested in your time together. A guitar to fall in love with.