Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Occam, Feb 9, 2017.
Would love to test this thing!
Maccaferri Islander guitars:
My fault for being unclear. I wasn't just curious about what other materials are options but who is making them and hearing personal experiences would be great otherwise it's just a picked through google search.
No. Our “Tunable Mixed Composite” is something else.
We don’t hate wood, and we know that wood works for instruments,
since wood instruments have been used for good music for centuries!
But wood is affected by weather, and the physical properties of wood limit instrument design.
On the other hand, the familiar carbon/graphite composites have been around now for just a few decades,
but they have the reputation of being harsh and sterile.
The properties of these two materials are often balanced by combining wood and carbon composites
(for example wood bodies with composite necks, or wood cores wrapped in composite),
or by changing construction techniques (adding acoustic chambers to solid wood bodies,
or even adding metal resonant blocks).
But BassLab’s aim is to improve upon the acoustic properties of wood and graphite,
and so to improve the instruments, the experience, and the music.
We believe that our “Tunable Mixed Composite” is a step in the right direction.
It doesn't sound bad. But with frets that huge I would assume intonation wouldn't be as good as on a standard guitar with a smaller fret. Also that neck looks very uncomfortable. The design is cool visually.
I have 3 of these.
My signature model from the company is my avatar.
Oh goody, more places for your beer belly to poke through.
I like the idea of alternate materials if they have musical properties. I am not jonesing for an acrylic guitar, but I love my Rainsong Smokey acoustic and my Steinbergers. And I would not automatically reject a guitar because it has non-wood components. If it sounds good, it IS good.
Steinbergers_DSC1362 by BigDoug1053 posted Jan 7, 2017 at 12:51 PM
Rainsong Smokey SMHC_DSC1354 by BigDoug1053 posted Jan 7, 2017 at 12:53 PM
I tried that guitar....great feeling, but very little bass response
As a chronic thumb-wrapper, one of these would never work for me without basically re-learning how to play.