We have all had "the problem". It is a natural issue as life happens. It is one of the main issues that every guitar player eventually runs into. You're going on that big hiking trip, and you know it will be hot, and you might get a little wet, and things will get tossed around, and you realize that $8,000 Lowden will have to stay at home. Or you're taking that business trip and you know that you'll be sending all your luggage through airport baggage handling, and how many horror stories have we heard about a nice, beautiful Taylor 914ce getting destroyed by the rough care of airport baggage handling. Plus, guitars are sometimes just too big and hard to deal with when you're on the go.
Now sure, there are travel guitar options out there, but most of them are thin sounding, pale echos of real, quality guitars. Or they are just smaller guitars that are still majorly expensive, with exotic, high-maintenance tone woods that are constantly under the threat of damage from heat and humidity conditions. In general, travel with a guitar can often be stressful, anxious, and or ultimately unsatisfying. For working musicians who give heavily in sometimes dubious circumstances, similar problems can occur.
Anyone familiar with these problems knew that it would take a special mind to overcome them, with the need for an instrument that is both incredibly durable, AND maintains the warmth and tone of a top-grade instrument. Well, one of the greatest luthier minds in the world has solved those problems. Matt McPherson, and his company McPherson Guitars, have created an instrument that is perfectly sized for travel and still incredibly comfortable to play, sounds amazing, and is virtually indestructible by guitar standards, while being affordable.
Introducing, the McPherson Carbon Fiber Touring Model:
The edition above is the Honeycomb finish with Gold Hardware. We have received a standard black top edition as well! We, personally though, love the Honeycomb top.
This guitar uses a carbon fiber that Matt uses in his compound bows for his bow company. This guitar also features all the standard McPherson Signature features, with an offset soundhole, and cantilevered neck, creating the signature McPherson tone! They also designed a special bracing pattern for this guitar to help give it the warmth and resonance of a wood guitar without the traditional drawbacks.
This guitar is also 3/4 size body, so it slots a little easier into a tight pack car, and carries around a little easier while you're traveling. The neck also features a graphite core neck that helps it to hold its tone and intonation, meaning this guitar should always hold its initial setup. If you feel like you need an adjusted action, though, they actually come with extra saddles for each guitar to adjust the action of each guitar. But here is the real stunning part about this instrument is it is:
It manages to be all those things, and still play and sound like a high-end wood guitar. Not only that, but it costs less than $2,700. That is a really impressive outlay that McPherson has managed too put out and people are starting to take notice. People as big as Rodney Atkins, Craig Cambell, and Kyle Jacobs have all heaped praise on this instrument. For a full list of testimonials, click here!
We even have a video here of Craig where he starts off by talking about how the McPherson Carbon Fiber guitars have turned into his main instrument:
There is another aspect of these guitars that has been talked about as well. As the world becomes more cognizant of the effects of deforestation and what this could mean, particularly for tonewoods in guitars, companies have done a generally magnificent job of trying to limit their environmental impact. With Taylor switching to more sustainable tonewoods, and assisting in regrowth projects, as well as other companies embracing the use of more sustainable wood sources. Well, this guitar is taking that to the next level, it is completely sustainable, with no need for the harvesting of tonewood, which is another great step forward pioneered by McPherson Guitars.
We have always loved Matt's guitars. Not only are they unique, and groundbreaking in a lot of ways, but they also play and sound great as a rule, with some of the most exceptionally balanced tone you will hear anywhere. You can always tell how much care and attention goes into not just building these guitars, but the actual DESIGN process itself. It really shines through in all their guitars. The Carbon Fiber series holds the same spirit. Thoroughly modern, thoroughly original, and yet with a firm commitment to the values of craftsmanship and solid engineering that is a bedrock of this company. That is why with this guitar, you will definitely Fall in Love! We know we have! Check out this video from NAMM where our founder and owner Brendan Smyth talks to Larry from McPherson Guitars about these instruments!
We of course, as a top McPherson dealer, will be selling these guitar's and are really excited about carrying them. We currently have one in stock at the time of this blog, but if you're checking it out at a later date and don't see one in stock, be sure to contact us about purchasing and when we will be getting another in! Click the link here to see our product page. To see all our McPherson guitars, click here!