Just got a nice one from ebay, $52. with tax/shipping. Needs neck holes and string holes otherwise all in order. Get this. 2.5# so final weight should be a bit over 6#. Despite ultra light weight it has reasonable surface hardness and doesn't have the soft deadness of pine or poplar. Very resonant when you rap it with your knuckles. When I first heard of paulownia, and the asian manufacture it was being used for, I figured it was some cheap and pulpy crap. Looking into the matter i found that was hardly the case and that the wood had a musical instrument history, and more astounding, that luthiers were having very positive results with it in lieu of spruce for acoustic guitar tops. I am a cabinetmaker but we as a group really don't know that much about wood, usually we use several domestic species primarily and go with what the market calls for. The Shamel ash Taylor is using shows how much we all have still to discover.