If you are in the market for a new guitar, one of the first things you’ll compare is the type of material. So let’s take a look at the difference between two common options, the carbon fiber versus wood guitar. For diehards of each material, you’ll be happy to know that we stock both carbon fiber and wood collapsible guitars. These collapsible guitars are exactly what you need to take your guitar with you, everywhere you go. But, we digress. Let’s get back to comparing the two guitar materials.
The first thing you need to know, whether you are a first-time buyer or making the switch from wood to carbon fiber, is that you will not be sacrificing sound. Our carbon fiber guitars maintain beautiful tone. In fact, the clear and resonant sound from a carbon fiber guitar is typically louder than its wood counterpart. The sound quality and tone do not age over time like most wood guitars. Depending on your preference this could be considered a pro or a con.
From a durability standpoint, the carbon fiber guitar beats out a wood guitar. Carbon fiber guitars are constructed by woven strands of carbon and then combined with resin to cure the material, creating an extremely durable instrument. You have to work pretty hard to dent, scratch, or crack a carbon fiber guitar.
Another huge positive of a carbon fiber guitar is its resistance to the elements. For example, wood guitars tend to warp in hot or humid environments. This isn’t the case with a carbon fiber guitar. Hot, cold, moist, or dry climates have no effect on the carbon.
Surprisingly, the carbon fiber guitar despite its durability, is actually lighter than a wood guitar. While this attribute may not have much bearing on your guitar choice, it is a nice perk worth noting.
Finally, let’s compare the price. Typically, carbon fiber guitars are more expensive than an equivalent wood guitar. So if you’re not willing to invest in your musical endeavors, a wood guitar might be more appropriate.
With that said, the carbon fiber guitars are more expensive for good reason. First off, the material is more expensive. Carbon fiber material is just more costly than wood. Secondly, the manufacturing process for carbon fiber guitars is more complicated. Wood guitars have been around for a long, long time. This means the process of constructing them has been perfected as any possible mistake to be made, has been made by someone in the past. Carbon fiber is a blip on the radar in comparison.