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DockStar Koa

ETA: Reserve yours today from the February 2018 production run with a build time of about 3-4 months.
$690.00
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 G&G Quality Hard Shell Case, custom made for PHRED instruments guitars. Case dimensions are approximately 42"x15"x4".

G&G Quality Hard Shell Case

Re-wire the entire guitar with shielded wiring, 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.
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

Replaces the stock pickups with Seymour Duncan pickups. Four-conductor wiring and no logo on the pickups.

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

 

Replace the standard stock tuning machine heads with Schaller or Gotoh 6-inline, chrome 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 Bridge

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Body
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.

Neck
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
Body Style Hollow Body
Body Wood Mahogany
Top Wood Veneer Koa
Rear Wood Veneer Koa
Bridge Style Floating Tune-o-matic
Stop Tailpiece Style Archtop Wood
Neck
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Ebony
Frets 24 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 15 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays Pearloid Design
Neck Binding White with Black Dots
Neck Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Headstock Binding White (Side only)
Tuning Machines Unbranded House Brand
Pickups
Neck Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Chrome
Neck Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Bridge Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Chrome
Bridge Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle 3-way Pickup Toggle
Output
Output Jack(s) One Mono Ouput Jack
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions 40" (h) x 13.5" (w) x 2" (d)
Weight Approximately 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
Read the full review at Premier Guitar Online
by: 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.

Quality:
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.

Feel:
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.  

Tone:
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.

Overall:
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
by: Guest | 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.
by: Guest | 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!
by: Guest | 6/8/2017 9:00 AM
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Guitar setup

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 are installed by our techs in Los Angeles while your guitar is getting a setup.

 

Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Purchase a PHRED guitar with peace of mind.  We believe the best way to try out a PHRED guitar is to play one in your own home with your amp and your effects pedals. To make that possible for you, your PHRED guitar includes a 21-day money back guarantee.  It's really simple.  If you are not happy with your PHRED guitar within 21 days from the date of delivery, you may return your guitar for a full refund (see below).

 

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. 

 

Shipping Options for PHRED guitars
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.

 

Package Tracking

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.

 

Phred International Shipping
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.

 


 

Return Guitar

Return and Refund Policy

We truly want you to be happy with your guitar purchase, but if you decide you'd like to return the guitar for any reason, please read below and contact us to initiate a return request.

Note: A full refund is the price you paid for your guitar plus the price you paid for shipping. Returns shipped from within the continental USA will be provided a pre-paid UPS ground shipping label upon request.

For returns shipped within the continental USA:

In order to receive a full refund for your purchase:

• Your guitar must be returned in the condition in which it was received
• Please reuse your original shipping box and packaging to return your guitar
• If the shipping box was damaged or the guitar appears to have been damaged in shipping, please notifiy UPS and contact us
• Your refund will be processed within 1-2 business days from the time your guitar is received and inspected

For returns shipped outside of the continental USA or returns past 21 days:

If your guitar was shipped to a location outside of the continental USA or if you would like to return your guitar after 21 days from delivery but within 30 days from the date of delivery, you may return your guitar for a refund of the price you paid for the guitar. Shipping charges will not be refunded and you will be responsible for the shipping charges to return the guitar.

In order to receive a refund for your purchase:

• Your guitar must be returned in the condition in which it was received
• Please reuse your original shipping box and packaging to return your guitar
• If the shipping box was damaged or the guitar appears to have been damaged in shipping, please notifiy UPS and contact us
• Your refund will be processed within 1-2 business days from the time your guitar is received and inspected

 

 

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.

This guitar is temporarily sold out!

 

PHRED instruments guitars are built in small batches. Almost every guitar in production is spoken for by the time they arrive in stock.


PHRED instruments Pre-order

 

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

Usually it takes anywhere from 2-6 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. Contact us to learn more about our production schedule.

 

Reserve your guitar from the next batch by pre-ordering today!

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.   

 

Understanding our queue system

 

Pre-Order Queue

When your order is in the pre-order queue, it means that your guitar is currently in production or waiting to begin production.

 

Queued

When your order is queued, it means that your guitar has come in to stock and is now waiting to be pulled from the shelf to go for a setup.

 

Setup

When your order is in the setup queue, it means that your guitar has been pulled from the shelf and is with a guitar tech waiting to be setup.

 

Shipping Queue

When your order is in the shipping queue, it means that your guitar is waiting to be boxed up and shipped out. Guitars are typically boxed up and shipped out on Monday or Friday and tracking information will be emailed to you when your guitar ships out.

Look for these 5 features on many PHRED instruments guitars.

 

 

 

24 frets on PHRED instruments Guitars

24 frets

While most electric guitars have only 22 frets, PHRED instruments guitars give you an extra two frets on the fretboard, providing a full 2 octaves on each string. We believe that 24 frets helps you more easily locate your position when playing above the 12th fret and provide better access to the higher frets when soloing.

 

Set Neck on PHRED instruments Guitars

Set Neck

A set neck is glued in rather than screwed in to the guitar body. As a result, a set neck will transfer more of the string vibrations to the guitar body, producing a more warm and resonant tone with more girth and sustain.

 

3 Humbuckers on PHRED instruments Guitars

3 Humbucker Pickups

While many guitars have just 1 or 2 pickups, we believe that a 3 humbucker setup opens up the pallet to guitar tones you might otherwise never get the chance to play. Almost all of our guitars feature a triple humbucker setup with split-coil switches, however, we also recognize the unique tone of playing with true single coils and so we offer them as well on some of our guitars.

 

Mini Toggles on PHRED instruments Guitars

Split-coil Toggles

If a guitar has a humbucker pickup, we believe that it should also have split-coil mini-toggle switch. Splitting the coils on a humbucker reveals a single-coil pickup tone, allowing you to get two tones from one pickup at the flick of a switch. Split-coil toggles are found on almost all of our guitars that have humbuckers.

 

Built-in Pre-amp on PHRED instruments Guitars

Built-in Preamp

Behind the scenes, a built-in preamp (unity gain buffer) maintains and improves the tone of the guitar pickups as the sound travels along the guitar cable to fx pedals and amplifier. All of our guitars that have an On Board Effects Loop (OBEL) also have a built-in preamp.

 

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Body
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.

Neck
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
Body Style Hollow Body
Body Wood Mahogany
Top Wood Veneer Koa
Rear Wood Veneer Koa
Bridge Style Floating Tune-o-matic
Stop Tailpiece Style Archtop Wood
Neck
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Ebony
Frets 24 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 15 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays Pearloid Design
Neck Binding White with Black Dots
Neck Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Headstock Binding White (Side only)
Tuning Machines Unbranded House Brand
Pickups
Neck Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Chrome
Neck Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Bridge Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Chrome
Bridge Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle 3-way Pickup Toggle
Output
Output Jack(s) One Mono Ouput Jack
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions 40" (h) x 13.5" (w) x 2" (d)
Weight Approximately 7 lbs
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