At the 2017 Summer NAMM show, Composite Acoustics, the maker of rugged carbon fiber guitars, displayed some of the results of its recent finishing updates. Instead of the standard gloss, each Composite Acoustics guitar now has a satin-finished back, which is both more durable and easier to maintain. The company’s red and blue finishes have become transparent, rather than opaque. This new treatment not only makes the carbon fiber’s texture visible, it’s thinner and allows the guitars to resonate more freely.

Composite Acoustics happened upon a roll of rosewood laminate in its old factory and discovered that it can be fused with carbon fiber, for the appearance of a traditional instrument but the durability of a carbon guitar. Spruce will be an option as well.

In addition to the new finishes, custom 19:1 Hipshot tuners are now standard on Composite Acoustics, as is a PLEK treatment on both the fretboard and the frets.

Watch more videos from Summer NAMM 2017 here.

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