Composite Electrics - The Blade
I discovered a company called Composite Acoustics way back in September 2007 and was immediately drawn in by the unique designs but also found the background interesting too. The founder Ellis Seal actually quit his engineering job at Lockheed Martin in 1998 to follow his dream making guitars full time. Well the acoustic guitars have been such a success that Ellis has expanded to electric guitars with his new company Composite Electrics. There is currently a single carbon fiber electric model available called The Blade and it is priced very competitively at $799. The guitar weighs just a smidge under 6 pounds or 2.7kg for those of us in metric land and features a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers, an SH-1 or '59 model in the neck and an SH-4 or JB model in the bridge position. This is a classic combination of Seymour Duncan’s deigned to give the guitar tonal versatility. In fact Composite Electrics say that “…from heavy metal to blues, rock to country, the guitar will go wherever you want to take it.”

So what are the advantages of a Carbon Fiber guitar?

'¢ Not sensitive to humidity
'¢ Stays in tune
'¢ Consistent action and playability
'¢ Doesn’t need truss rod
'¢ Headstock won’t break
'¢ Incredible sustain
'¢ Super clean tones
'¢ Won’t sound dull if humid
'¢ Fret edges won’t protrude
'¢ Tolerant of temperature extremes
'¢ Water won’t hurt instrument (except gears and electronics)
'¢ Cutting edge ergonomic designs
'¢ Goes anywhere
'¢ Ready anytime
'¢ Organic playing experience

Still not convinced? Check out the video demo below to see a prototype of The Blade in action: