I've never seen one other than in pictures. Does anyone here have one of the Rainsong or Blackbird graphite guitars? Or has anyone played one? If so, what did you think? I can't afford one but I find the idea intriguing.
I have played the Composite Acoustic Legacy ones and they are fine. There shop was originally just right down the road from me until they got bigger and moved a little further away over to Lafayette. They are very expensive but well worth it.
The reports on CA above agree with my experience also. I was surprised. Very good tone and projection, however, I did not think they sounded like wood guitars.
I have played a Rainsong and a smaller body Veilette, both sounded a little boxier with less projection than the CA.
My opinion is that Carbon Composite guitars can probably be made to sound pretty good....however, they will sound like Carbon Composites! Just as different tonewoods in wood guitars will have signature sound....so will Carbon Composite.
Yes I would agree with that assessment for the most part. I will say that the sound is very warm and full. It does not sound less than wood particularly, just different. As a travel guitar the CA Cargo is unparalleled....would I perform with it....probably not but in a pinch I would not be embarrased to.
I have a CA Cargo and a CA GX. Although they have a sound all of their own, their tone and playability certainly compare with my other steel string guitars (Martin OM-28V and Larrivee LV-03E). Both have a warm sound with piano-like sustain that really like and the 1.75" neck is versatile and perfect for fingerstyle play or strumming.
IMHO, carbon fiber guitars typically don't have the woody overtones of their wooden cousins but, their complex overtones are still very pleasing...at least to my ears. Because they never stay in their cases, my CA's get played more than my other guitars. Oh, and they record well too.
I played one of the Rainsong guitars in the local shop and it was a perfectly acceptable instrument. Played fine, good action good tone. Very nice round tone. Nice attention to detail. I particularly liked the shark inlays. I thought it was a rather exotic looking instrument because of the carbon fiber weave. I would not have a problem playing on in a performance.
I've played the Rainsong, and thought it sounded like a player piano, but later heard on with a group and have to admit it reached out through the mix. I recently had a chance to play some CA guitars and was blown away by a dread calle the Bluegrass model boy did it have a lot of growl.
I heard that Composite Acoustics recently went out of business so I guess you better get while the getting is good if you want one of them. I like to play one just to say I did. Too pricey for me, though. At least for now anyway.