Carbon fiber guitars are a new option to the traditional wood instruments. New techniques and products have made these carbon fiber guitars a reality.
What is a Carbon Fiber Guitar
The traditional material used for guitar is wood. However, new techniques have made possible to create guitars purely from carbon fiber, using no wood or just small pieces of wood.
Carbon fiber is a material developed in laboratory that is strong and light, so that it can be used in several areas in which wood or metal was the only options. Carbon fiber guitars offer a lot of the features of this construction material.
Advantages of Carbon Fiber
Carbon fiber offers a number of advantages for guitar construction, which are only now being considered:
It is very strong: one of the main problems of standard guitars is to make a piece of wood with good vibrations but strong enough to support the tension of the strings. Several techniques have been developed, from using bracings to truss rods.
These techniques, however, are needed only because thin wood is a fragile material. Even with these measures, there are still a lot of guitar that will break over time from the stress of strings.
It is lightweight: one can use carbon fiber that is very strong and weights less than the equivalent piece of wood or metal. This is a win-win situation for guitar builders. The resulting instrument is much lighter and stronger than a similar one made of traditional wood.
Disadvantages of Carbon Fiber Guitars
However, the case for using carbon fiber in guitar construction is not so easy to decide, because there are also some disadvantages.
The main disadvantage is that carbon fiber instruments don’t generate sound that is the same or even close to good wood guitars.
This is due to the fact that wood is a complex material that vibrates in a very elaborate manner, that is very difficult to replicate with another material. While carbon fiber can be used well to replace the visual and structural aspects of wood, when it comes to sound it is still almost impossible to reproduce the way the top of a wood guitar vibrates.
This simple fact is the biggest hurdle for carbon fiber guitar makers. The way they try to solve this is by using pieces of typical woods such as Alder, basswood, mahogany, swamp ash, walnut, koa, maple, and rosewood.
They can use these woods in different parts such as the neck, the fretboard, or even the whole top, while maintaining most parts of the guitar as wood.
Another strategy is to use electronics to create effects to replicate the sound of a traditional guitar.
Carbon Fiber Guitar Models
There are already a good number of carbon fiber guitars on the market.
Here are a few of the best ones.
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