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Old 10-05-2019, 04:14 PM
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How many companies make CF/composite guitars now?

It just dawned on me that I can no longer quickly list the composite builders in my head quickly anymore.

I came up with 10 builders for acoustics, but I seem to recall there was one to three others that were trying also. Those were mentioned when first discovered, discussed briefly, then buried in the forum archives somewhere.

If you have a good memory, I'd be interested to improve the list. The world is beginning to change quickly.

Acoustics Now 22

Adama - Ovation (1977, dead, but possibly some custom builds still) - USA
Alpaca Guitar (dead, I think) - USA
Beltona - UK resonator
Blackbird - USA
Brunner (primarily does wood-but can make CF) - Switzerland
CA - USA
Dlutowski Guitars - Spain
Emerald - Ireland
Enya - China
Fibertone (fibertone-guitars.com)
Journey Instruments - China
Klos Guitars (mostly CF) - USA
Lava Me - China
Leviora - Germany
Maccaferri (dead) - USA (100% plastic. 1949 ukes, 1953 guitars)
Martin Lewis String Instruments (archtops-dead I think) - Australia
McPherson - USA
Outdoor Ukulele (now with guitars) - USA
Rainsong - USA
Sbrothers Composite - U.K.
Sydow guitars - USA (Ukes too)
Voyage Instruments - France (dead)

Electric Now 23

Aristides - Netherlands
Ava Guitars
Bond Electraglide - Scotland 1984-1985-very early! (dead)
CA (Blade-200 only made)
CarbonGlide - Germany
Detroit Sound
Emerald - Ireland (rare custom orders only)
Enya - China
Gus Guitars (CF over wood)
Hathaway
Hoplock Guitars - Canada
Humble Music Tools - Brazil
Miller Instruments
Modulus Guitar - USA (1977 CF necks, later guitars)
NS design - USA (Ned Steinberger. First ALL CF electric guitar. 1980)
Rick Toone (No words to describe these guitars. CF & mixed materials)
Rubato
Sankuer Composite Technologies
Siger Guitars (France) https://siger.guitars/
Status Graphite
Taurr Guitars - Italy
Viktorian
Weapon Guitars (aluminum & carbon fiber)
XOX Audio Tools (The Handle Carbon Fiber Electric Guitar-dead, I think)

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Old 10-05-2019, 04:31 PM
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You can add Rubato to the electric list - a recent newcomer.

And Hathaway, a UK maker, also electric.

And don't forget McPherson for acoustics!
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Viktorian and Fibertone electric guitars
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Emerald: X-20, Center hole X-10 (Maple) and X-7 (redwood), Amicus, Paduak X7,X10, &, Spalted Chen Chen X 10,
CA: Early OX and Cargo
Blackbird: Savoy
RainSong: CH-OM, CH-WS
Journey: OF660
McPherson: Touring(Honeycomb and gold), Sable
Some wood things by Epi, Harmony, Takamine, Good Time, PRS, Gypsy Music, keyboards, wind controllers.. etc
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Viktorian and Fibertone electric guitars
Is Viktorian still in business? Couldn’t find much recent on them anywhere.
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:18 PM
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Thanks much. I'm adding to the original list as I go.
Also found Ava Guitars--electric.
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Klos
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Adamas
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I think the OP is looking for current makers, not everyone who’s ever built CF guitars...

And Schecter? All I can find is reference to them using CF for binding on some electrics...
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Is Viktorian still in business? Couldn’t find much recent on them anywhere.
I am not sure...
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Emerald: X-20, Center hole X-10 (Maple) and X-7 (redwood), Amicus, Paduak X7,X10, &, Spalted Chen Chen X 10,
CA: Early OX and Cargo
Blackbird: Savoy
RainSong: CH-OM, CH-WS
Journey: OF660
McPherson: Touring(Honeycomb and gold), Sable
Some wood things by Epi, Harmony, Takamine, Good Time, PRS, Gypsy Music, keyboards, wind controllers.. etc
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I probably won't add the Schecter as I didn't see any CF on their site now.

As to all others, past or present, I'm first compiling the list in total, and then can sort it out later as to what is still being produced. A nice history as well as practical list.

I may stop soon on the electrics. Seems there have been many, many who have started companies that never made it past a couple instruments, then never continued. Lots of photos of these instruments and a few remaining websites--but all dead.

I should add the French acoustic company but can't recall their name. They came very close to shipping to McNichols before they disappeared.
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AC;

Really nice list.

I think the French company was called something like Voyage Instruments--but I'm not sure. I do remember the French company's instruments were quite beautiful with a sense of style that was way ahead of its time.
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Great list, ac! I would add:
S Brothers Composite - U.K. Acoustic builder
Humble Music Tools - Brazil, electrics
Detroit Sound - electrics
Sankuer Composite Technologies - electrics
Hoplock Guitars - Canada, electrics
Dlutowski Guitars - Spain, acoustics
CarbonGlide - Germany, electrics
Taurr Guitars - Italy, electrics

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Thanks J.R. & Evan.

We are closing in on 20 companies for each category.
List is not perfect and if there are comments or suggestions, they'd be appreciated.

I should have added the country name behind each from the start. I'll try to fill that in later.

I could have/should have added another "other" stringed instrument list for just ukuleles, violins, cellos, mandolins, etc. and will do that if I receive any entries.

For odd lists like this, a group effort is much better than if done by just one person.

Thanks for everyone's help.
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Aristides - Netherlands, electrics
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Wow sure is more than I would have guessed... cool thread here.
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Emerald: X-20, Center hole X-10 (Maple) and X-7 (redwood), Amicus, Paduak X7,X10, &, Spalted Chen Chen X 10,
CA: Early OX and Cargo
Blackbird: Savoy
RainSong: CH-OM, CH-WS
Journey: OF660
McPherson: Touring(Honeycomb and gold), Sable
Some wood things by Epi, Harmony, Takamine, Good Time, PRS, Gypsy Music, keyboards, wind controllers.. etc
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Aristides - Netherlands, electrics
Definitely qualify as ‘composite’ - they don’t use much CF.

Is there an agreed-upon definition of what would qualify as a ‘composite’ guitar?
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