DockStar Koa

ETA: Fulfillment is currently estimated at 12 months. This guitar is currently in stock to fulfill existing pre-orders. Pre-order yours today to reserve one from the next production run.

The PHRED instruments DockStar Koa gets its inspiration from Trey Anastasio's Languedoc guitar. The fully hollow body features a dual humbucker setup, with discrete split coil switches and a 3-way pickup toggle for 8 different tone combinations! Our DockStar Koa is professionally setup with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings, and the frets are leveled and milled here at our shop in California for a nice smooth and clean feel all around.

Protect your guitar with a Hard Shell Case. Case dimensions are approximately 42"x15"x5".

G&G Quality Hard Shell Case

Re-wire the entire guitar with CTS pots, Orange Drop Capacitor, Switchcraft output jack(s), and a Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector switch.  In addition to upgrading your tone, you'll get smoother turning knobs and a more fluid pickup toggle selector. Chose the Shielded Wiring option to further assist with keeping out unwanted EMI noise from the guitar signal.
USA Rewiring for PHRED instruments Guitar

Replace the stock bone nut with a brass nut to enhance the guitar's natural sustain and brightness.
Brass Nut

Replace the Stock Pickups with the following Seymour Duncan pickups. Four-conductor wiring and no logo on the pickups.

'59 Pickups (SH-1)Stag Mag Pickups (SH-3)
Seymour Duncan '59 pickupsSeymour Duncan Stag Mag SH-3 Pickups


Upgrade the stock tuners with the following 6-inline tuning machine heads.
Schaller M6 Tuning Machine Heads on PHRED instruments Guitars

Replace the stock tune-o-matic bridge with one of the following options.
Gotoh Chrome Bridgeebony bridge with brass bridge saddles

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The fully hollow body with koa veneers on the front and back features a dual humbucker setup, with discrete split coil switches and a 3-way pickup toggle for 8 different tone combinations! There is one master volume and one master tone knob for dialing in your tone.  The guitar strings pass over a floating bridge that is not anchored to the guitar body. Similar to a violin, banjo or mandolin bridge, the bridge simply rests on top of the body and is held in place by string tension.  The ebony tailpiece is attached to the end of the guitar, holding the strings in place.  There is one 1/4" standard guitar output jack on the side of the guitar body.  We offer an optional custom hard shell case to go with the DockStar Koa guitar.

The maple core neck is attached to the body using very strong wood glue.  The back of the neck contour is a C-shape that feels somewhere in between a strat and an LP neck, not too thin, and not too chunky either.  The 2-octave ebony fingerboard has 24 medium jumbo frets which are leveled and milled here at our shop in California for a nice smooth feel along the edge of the fretboard and all around.  The fretboard features a 15 inch radius which is perfect for soloing and playing chords up and down the fretboard.  Topping off the fretboard are custom pearloid inlays designed by PHRED instruments.  At the top of the neck, you'll find a bone nut for good sustain, and white binding all around the fingerboard for a clean look and feel.  The tilt-back 6-inline headstock shape is a PHRED instruments trademark design.  Under the fretboard is the adjustable double-expanding truss rod, keeping the neck stable in any climate.

Products specifications
Body StyleHollow Body
Body WoodMahogany
Top Wood VeneerKoa
Rear Wood VeneerKoa
Bridge StyleFloating Tune-o-matic
Stop Tailpiece StyleArchtop Wood
Neck WoodMaple
Fretboard WoodEbony
Frets24 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius15 inch
Nut Width1 11/16"
Nut MaterialBone
Fretboard InlaysPearloid Design
Neck BindingWhite with Black Dots
Neck StabilizationDouble-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock BindingWhite (Side only)
Tuning MachinesUnbranded House Brand
Neck PickupHumbucker (4-wire)
Neck Pickup ColorChrome
Neck Pickup Toggle SwitchMini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Bridge PickupHumbucker (4-wire)
Bridge Pickup ColorChrome
Bridge Pickup Toggle SwitchMini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s)Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s)Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle3-way Pickup Toggle
Output Jack(s)One Mono Ouput Jack
Other Specs
Guitar StringsD'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions40" (h) x 13.5" (w) x 2" (d)
WeightApproximately 7 lbs
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Well suited for a cranked TS-style stomp and a clean amp.
With nine different pickup combos, it's pretty easy to find variations on those classic Gibson sounds as well as tones for settings from Jimmy Nolen funk to creamy classic-rock leads. The DockStar's humbuckers might be just a bit hot for those who are purists about vintage humbucker tones - especially the bridge pickup. Interestingly, the extra bite reacted well to various overdrive and distortion pedals, but it lacks a little some of the airy character that I like in low-output humbuckers. The neck pickup has a unique roundness - evoking tones somewhere between Larry Carlton and B.B. King - that is especially well suited for a cranked TS-style stomp and a clean amp.

Jason Shadrick
Premier Guitar Magazine
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Jason Shadrick | 7/17/2016 8:01 PM
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When I first received my Koa I was truly shocked how beautiful it was.
When I first received my Koa I was truly shocked how beautiful it was.  I really didn't know what to expect.  I purchased the upgraded version (pick-ups 59's, tuning heads, and wiring, i kept the bone nut) as I want to see the full versatility and tone spectrum.  I have been playing guitar for 20 years and only ever played with one electric.  A 1974 Les Paul Custom.  I have been become so used to this guitar I was worried that i wouldn't like the Koa in comparison.  The bottom line:

Customer Service:
Fred was awesome.  Personally answered many questions was extremely nice and it seems he really cares about doing good business.  Always a good first sign, he also got the guitar to me in time for a big gig.  It arrived a few dyas before.  Total buy to receive time was about 30 days.

For the price you are getting a very good build.  Of course its not a vintage guitar from the 60's or 70's but you should not expect that.  Comes with a great case.  I wish teh wires were not visible but I got over that quickly.

Being used to the Les Paul I was at first, nervous.  The neck is wider and deeper and also longer.  I have owned the guitar about 90 days, and played one gig and many hours of rehearsal and I really like the feel.  Somedays I actually prefer it over the Les Paul.  I had it set up by my guy and even lowered the action a tiny bit more.  The one thing I noticed was that the floating bridge was set up a tad off. The high E was falling off the neck and it was very annoying.  I put heavier strings on 11 gauge and the extra tension and professional setup seems to have fixed this issue of it sliding around.  

This is where I have been pretty blown away.  I often switch back and forth from the LP and Koa to compare.  At first I had some issues with feedback and finding the sweet spots but now I am really hitting a groove.  The sustain is really amazing.  I play through a 74 Twin Reverb and two tube screamers, I have a boss compressor but do not use it all the time because I hate losing the tone.  The sweet spots of the hollow-body is a new thing for me, and there is no mistaking, once you find it you realize you have a guitar that can do things that the solid body cannot. i feel bad even saying that.  The coil taps make it very versatile but I admit I usually go between bridge and neck.  The bridge has serious bite and really has that vintage Trey tone.  The neck also has a beautiful tone for chords and for fuller jazzier sounds.

I am keeping it.  The more I play it the more I like it. Very happy and now thinking about the Liger!

Jay from Boomsoss!

Jason DeAmato
| 3/1/2017 9:30 PM
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An Amazing Versatile Machine!
I've had this guitar for several months now, and I absolutely love it! I mainly played a Stratocaster before getting this guitar, but I was looking for a jazzier, hollow body guitar. Of course, I always loved the look of Trey Anastasio's guitar because it was the best of both worlds! Basically, it's a hollowed out strat!

I decided to check a chance on Phred after hearing of them in an online forum. As soon as I got the guitar, I was in love. It plays really really well out of the box. I did have to do some intonation fixes (adjusted the bridge placement just a hair), but that's pretty standard after getting a guitar shipped to you. Aside from that, I just had to plug it in and play! It should also be noted that I asked for slightly thicker strings (for jazz) and that could have messed with their usual guitar set-up.

It has such a warm tone that is so unique. The totally hollow body feels so weird (in an awesome way) and is really fun to play without plugging in.

My only complaint is that the stock pickups are really just ehh. They're not the worst pick-ups ever, but they definitely don't let the guitar release it's full potential.

I love this guitar. I can't recommend it enough to somebody looking for a more adaptable hollow-body guitar.
| 4/25/2017 10:16 PM
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Incredible guitar!
This guitar is truly incredible for what it is. I've had a number of hollow and semi-hollow electrics over the years (Telecaster '72 thinline, Gretsch 5420T, Epiphone Sheraton, Gibson 335) and the Dockstar takes a lot of the features that I love from all of these guitars and puts them together in one great package for a much more affordable price!

I had been on the fence about ordering a dockstar koa for a long time and I couldn't bring myself to spend the money without playing one first. My wife decided to surprise me for my birthday a few months ago and ordered me one. (Yes, she's amazing)

The set up out of the box was solid, and I only had to make a few very minor adjustments. Overall the guitar feels, looks, and sounds amazing. I am considering replacing the pickups in order to get a little extra something out of the guitar, but that being said, the stock pickups do a great job for the average enthusiast.

Freddy provided a first class customer experience from start to finish. He was able to rush the order for my wife so that the guitar arrived (in Canada) by my birthday, and he kept her in the loop every step of the way - thanks Freddy!
| 6/8/2017 9:00 AM
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I absolutely love it.
After a few weeks of really exploring my DockStar Koa, I absolutely love it.  The instrument is very well-made, extremely light-weight, and sounds great.  Each upgrade was installed correctly, without issue, and the hardshell case was a perfect add-on as the case is conveniently sized as well as well-crafted.  Overall, this one's going to be a lifer and I look forward to playing it for years to come.
Danny Myers | 2/15/2019 10:03 PM
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It was well worth the wait, thank you so much!
My left handed dock star koa arrived up here in Maine yesterday, I just wanted to thank you!!  It’s absolutely gorgeous, the wood grain is truly spectacular, on top of that it plays/feels great, and the tone is just really beautiful, I love it!!!
Michael Fraser | 4/6/2020 12:33 PM
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Professional Setup and Feel

To ensure that we deliver high quality playability and tone, one of our master guitar techs in the Los Angeles area meticulously inspects your guitar from headstock to the bottom strap button, and performs a setup to make your PHRED guitar feel comfortable to play. You can look forward to smooth level frets without any sharp edges, low string action, and adjusted intonation.  If you have a specific request for your guitar setup, just let us know.  All upgrade options purchased with this guitar are installed by our techs in Los Angeles while your guitar is getting a setup.

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100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Purchase a PHRED guitar with peace of mind.  We will make every effort to ensure that you are happy with your PHRED guitar when it arrives.  However, because our products are customized, all sales are final.  Our warranty outlines situations where we will honor an exchange.

Left Handed guitars by PHRED instruments

Custom Builds for Left Handed Guitar Players

We do custom builds for left handed guitar players. In the Additional Notes text area above, just type in that you would like this guitar made left-handed.  There is no additional charge for left handed Phred guitars, but expect a 4-6 month build time. 


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Shipping Methods

If you live inside the continental USA, your guitar will ship via UPS Ground. If you live in Hawaii, your guitar will likely ship UPS 3 day. If you live outside of the USA, your guitar will likely ship via the United States Post Office. You may request FedEx shipping if you prefer FedEx delivery.


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Shipping Notification via Email

All guitars ship with a tracking number which will be emailed to you at the time of shipping. You will receive one email from PHRED instruments and possibly a second or third email from the shipping company and/or the place from which you purchased if it was other than the PHRED instruments website.


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International Shipping and Delivery Charges

Shipping charges are calculated at checkout for international shipping. If you live outside the USA, there may be additional import charges added at the time you receive your guitar. These charges are unknown to PHRED instruments, LLC, and will not be reimbursed by PHRED instruments, LLC.

Packaging without a Case
Packaging (without a hardshell case)

PHRED instruments guitars are placed inside a foam sleeve which is placed inside a corrugated guitar box with Styrofoam support for the guitar neck and bubble wrap around the bottom, top and sides of the guitar. The guitar box is sealed with clear tape and then wrapped with a second layer of corrugated cardboard and sealed with clear tape to add stability and strength to the shipping box.

Packaging with Case
Packaging (with a hardshell case)

PHRED instruments guitars are placed inside the hardshell case, the hardshell case is placed inside a plastic sleeve, and then placed inside a shipping box with cardboard end pieces, providing a protective air gap.

Damaged Package

What to do if there is Damaged upon Delivery

While it is extremely rare, there is a plan in place just in case things go wrong with the delivery. If your shipping box arrives with damage to the box (holes, tears, cuts, etc.), please take pictures of the box and email those photos to us. If possible, please also contact UPS (1-800-PICK-UPS) immediately to report it. If the guitar arrives with damage as well, please contact us immediately to arrange for a return request. We will need to setup a damage claim request with UPS and either tell UPS to pickup the package from your location, or have you return the package back to us.

Return Guitar

Return and Refund Policy

Purchase a PHRED guitar with peace of mind.  We will make every effort to ensure that you are happy with your PHRED guitar when it arrives.  However, because our products are customized, all sales are final.  Our warranty outlines situations where we will honor an exchange.

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How long does it take for a production run to be completed?

Usually it takes anywhere from 4-6 months for a production run to be complete.  What determines that time frame is usually the total amount of guitars in the production run, time to source materials, hardware and electronics, and unexpected delays. The time is takes to complete a production run is not the same as the time it will take to fulfill your pre-order.  Contact us to learn more about our production schedule and pre-order fulfillment times.

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By pre-ordering this guitar, your pre-order is placed into our queue system explained below.  When your guitar arrives in stock, we will setup and install any options you selected, and then we'll ship out your guitar.  Pre-orders are processed in the order in which they were received.

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