As far as we know, Taylor hasn't made Koa Series guitars with koa necks before. They're only building 35 like this one, which is the only example shipped to a California Taylor dealer. We're big fans of the new V Class bracing, and we're even bigger fans after hearing this K24ce as it sounds very different than the usual X braced koa top guitar. The koa-top tone is still there, that unique shimmer in the harmonics, but the V bracing seems to warm up the tone and give it more body. Maybe some of this difference is the harder, more dense neck, we're not really sure but we know it works. Of course in the Looks Dept. this Taylor is even more exceptional, with lots of curly figure and a wide variety of color to the koa. Best of all it's exquisitely matched. Our photographer, Kate, takes great photos but they can't do this kind of figured koa justice, and the real thrill is playing it and hearing it come to life.