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Old 01-14-2012, 08:20 AM
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Default Need recommendations on a guitar to take & leave in Africa

I'm gonna be returning to Uganda this year and want to take a guitar with me that I can leave there for some gifted musician. I'm thinking a carbon fiber guitar would be a good choice as it seems it would hold up to the extreme climate there (hot hot hot - its right on the equator).

I have two questions:

1. Are the glued components of these guitars susceptible to heat? For instance, I'm wondering how long a glued on bridge would endure in that climate.

2. Do you have any recommendations for a specific brand?

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Old 01-14-2012, 06:23 PM
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I would say... whatever you can find at a used price!

However, bang-for-the-buck wise, it would be difficult to beat an Emerald X7 or even an X5. Both come new with a gig bag for around $800.

Tough to beat.

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I'm gonna be returning to Uganda this year and want to take a guitar with me that I can leave there for some gifted musician. I'm thinking a carbon fiber guitar would be a good choice as it seems it would hold up to the extreme climate there (hot hot hot - its right on the equator).

I have two questions:

1. Are the glued components of these guitars susceptible to heat? For instance, I'm wondering how long a glued on bridge would endure in that climate.

2. Do you have any recommendations for a specific brand?

Thanks!
1) Bridges on RainSong carbon guitars are not only glued on but they are also screwed on with three small nuts and bolts. Do the screws affect tone? Not that I can tell. Also, the glues on carbon guitars are susceptible to heat but I think its in excess of a long-term 120 degrees or so Fahrenheit. I wouldn't leave a carbon guitar, or any guitar, out in direct sunlight in the Tropics, or in latitudes beyond when the sun is at its zenith. In other words, a carbon guitar will last a lifetime in equatorial Africa with modest effort in care. Ashvin Coomar, RainSong President and AGF sponsor, could better answer your question.

2) I've only owned RainSong and pre-Peavey CA carbon guitars. I like the quality and tone of RainSong better.

A player should treat a carbon guitar as they would a fine wooden guitar except for the attention to relative humidity. Although a carbon guitar is more likely to survive a bump or fall that would damage a wooden guitar, they are not made to be abused and if treated decently they'll reward an owner with a lifetime of pretty much carefree play.

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My guitars have gottin' a bit warm..ok hot here in Phoenix...seems ok to me... might be tuff on strings if it is humid though
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I would say... whatever you can find at a used price!

However, bang-for-the-buck wise, it would be difficult to beat an Emerald X7 or even an X5. Both come new with a gig bag for around $800.

Tough to beat.

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Emerald would be a great guitar as everything is molded in the process if you are worried about the humidity there. X7OS is the model to run with....the OS really upped the sound versus the x7
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I agree... an OS would be the way to go.

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Can I ask when you are going? Our team is planning on a trip to Uganda in October. I'll probably be taking my Cargo and my fellow guitarist has a CA crown of thorns model.
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Can I ask when you are going? Our team is planning on a trip to Uganda in October. I'll probably be taking my Cargo and my fellow guitarist has a CA crown of thorns model.
Bret
Kampala and Masaka. The folks there are awesome - but have so very little. That's why I'd like to leave a guitar there this time.
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