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Magnit

Carbon Fibre Acoustic

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I’ve been gassing for one for a long time. Emerald guitars seem to offer what I want.

Emerald X30

Where I live winters are cold (-20 deg C) and air humidity drop to 20% on our top floor and below 10% in the basement. I find the whole humidify process a pain.

Problem is that they don’t come cheap (€2500-ish) and the used marked is non existant. Also, my current acoustic is really nice, do I really need another? ?

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Rainsong got the ball rolling and now we have Klos, Journey, Composite Acoustics, Emerald and probably more now producing carbon fibre guitars, as the competition picks up prices will drop and long term experience will help manufacturers develop better quality and better sounding guitars.

You can pick up a bottom end carbon fibre guitar from around 700 (USD or £), so they are not all in the €2,500 region, although Emerald seems to be aiming at the higher quality end of the market.

Jazz players are discerning - or fussy, depending on your viewpoint - and so you might find this article helpful: Composite Acoustics, Rainsong, and other carbon fiber flattops

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Thanks. If I go for it I’ll go for the Emerald X20 or X30 or whatever exists if I’m still gassing by the time I can afford one. :)

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Those are nice guitars @Magnit - I can see why you are gassing for one!

I have owned a Composite Acoustics for a number of years and it is a great guitar to take on trips. I hate traveling with a wood guitar and worrying if it is getting too hot (or cold) if left in the car.

Someday, someone is going to figure out how to tweak carbon fiber guitars to sound like any wood guitar. Want your carbon fiber guitar to sound like a prewar Martin, a '30s Gibson, etc. - no problem. They are not there yet (my Composite Acoustics is built like a tank, and very heavy) - but it will happen some day. They are already making significant progress with violins.

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@Dave White  So a future guitar ad might be....Is it a prewar Martin, or is it a carbon fiber knock-off?  ?

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I live in Canada,, what's wrong with using a humidifier?

I tried carbon fibre guitar I "couldn't feel it" , didn't seem "alive"

They're great if you're in a canoe heading to a camp site or your guitar stand is next to your houses wood stove.

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Granted I’ve only heard carbon fibre acoustics on Youtube. Buying one would be on faith as they’re not sold anywhere near where I live. 

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