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Old 30-03-2009, 09:59   #16
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A cruiser friend of mine has a carbon fiber guitar. It does sound okay. The sound does not have the same warmth as a really good wood guitar. Personally, I don't think the price justifies that fact that you can hose it down if needed.
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I've played a couple of carbon fiber guitars made by a company called "Composite Acoustics" and they were pretty good. I think the price point is too high on them, though.

I am a professional musician, and I own Martin and Taylor acoustics. I take the Martin on short trips (I've roaded it for 25 years -- it's pretty tough) and might take it to live aboard. My brother owns a custom made classical guitar from some famous guitar maker who makes like 4 guitars a year, and he had no trouble keeping it as a live aboard in Charleston, SC. You just have to take precautions.

Instead of spending thousands on a carbon guitar, I'd be tempted to spend $200 - $300 on something like an Ibanez or Washburn acoustic. They sound OK around the campfire, and if they fall apart, just go buy another one.

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Old 07-04-2009, 22:36   #18
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Just got my ol Gibson back from haveing a new bridge installed so it will probably last another 60 years $200 in repairs is a lot more frugal than 2 gran for a new guitar
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How is that holding up? Do you sail on salt water or fresh water?

I have an Ovation (composite body, wood top and neck) which is very stable, but no boat as yet. Am getting ready to go live aboard when I find the right boat. Would my Ovation hold up below deck?
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Old 08-04-2009, 04:55   #19
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Baby Taylor

I am not a pro. I'm a hack but can't be without my guitar for long. I travel w a Baby Taylor and use it on the boat. I wouldn't want to leave it for long periods in the salty enviorenment but in two years its doing fine. I do use the coated strings which helps keep fair tone longer. The Baby only cost $300. I'm sure the carbon guitars are better on a boat just not cost effective.
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I only sail on salt water I never keep it in an inclosed area and put it outside in open air at least once a week in it's sixty or so years it has only been repaired once
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I keep 2 guitars aboard. My Baby Taylor (Mahogany) is left out always since it is small and does not take up much room. It has held up well for 6 plus years. My full size Martin stays in a case mostly and has survived life aboard for 15 years. The Taylor gets played daily just because it is always within arms reach. Something to be said for that.
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I keep 2 guitars aboard. My Baby Taylor (Mahogany) is left out always since it is small and does not take up much room. It has held up well for 6 plus years. My full size Martin stays in a case mostly and has survived life aboard for 15 years. The Taylor gets played daily just because it is always within arms reach. Something to be said for that.
So nice to hear that. I was worried it would get warped or worse. Love my Baby mahogany!
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