This may be conspiratorial, but it seems like Strandberg caught wind of the sub-par tops that were going out and ordered different timber for the second batch. Conjecture--possibly--but fishy none the less. I wasn't part of the big order but I think I got lumped in. Ordered my guitar in December with the "curly koa" top, it has a section of figure but is pretty bare overall. Sidenote, is that a 5 way? When was that an option? My solid koa Suhr Modern 7 questioned its relation with the strandberg.