If you can't tell, we like to do things a little differently at The Music Zoo. We love collaborating with manufacturers to create something new. It's understood that some guitar designs are inherently awesome and just work, but with a little tweak, you can create something totally different that hasn't been done before.
This is the vision of the ACS Koa series. We’ve long been fans of the versatile Godin ACS, a blend of classical guitar concepts and solidbody design. We are also big fans of figured Koa wood in guitar builds, for its beauty and tonal properties. So it was an easy decision to collaborate with Godin Guitars to create the ACS Koa series of guitars, available exclusively at The Music Zoo in 2011. Needless to say, the end result is nothing short of spectacular. This marks the first time that any Godin guitar ever has been constructed using Koa, so we’re extra excited about this one.
The ACS Koa is based on a standard ACS-SA model, which features a chambered Silver Leaf Maple body, and superb individual transducer saddles powered by a customized preamp system from the RMCTM Pickup Company. Ordinary ACS-SA models have a Cedar top which is traditionally a bit darker than Koa sonically, with many overtones. The Koa top will give it a bit more of a bump in the mid-range and a touch more clarity in bass notes. However, the tonal difference is subtle, and the vibe of the ACS guitar is still very much intact.