Luxury Guitars: Even those who have no idea whatsoever how to play one are likely to covet the latest limited edition creation from master guitar maker Ken Parker: The Parker Fly Select, limited to only 25 signed and numbered pieces, is crafted from a single piece of Koa, a rare, indigenous hardwood native to Hawaii. Finished with gold-plated hardware and priced at an equally precious $10,000, it is far more expensive than the terribly chic instrument recently retailed by Chanel but this masterpiece is more for players than posers.
Koa trees were used by the ancient Hawaiians to build dugout canoes, but it is also a tonewood, with recognized and consistent acoustic qualities prized by musicians. The wood is golden brown in color with dark streaks and a lustrous sheen, precious and tropical in appearance. That lends it a gravitas that belies the relatively light weight of the instrument, which at only five pounds will not hamper any fancy stage moves.
Oh, and the $10,000 also gets you a custom-made, leatherbound case which is a pretty neat piece of craftsmanship in itself.
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