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Old 07-15-2018, 01:39 PM
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Apologies in advance if news of this carbon fiber guitar has already been posted here, but I don't recall hearing about "Lava Me" until today.
Looks like an interesting budget carbon fiber travel guitar.


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Lol "wash me."
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121;

It's new to me. Thanks for the show and tell.
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:44 PM
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Look at the bracing.

http://www.chinaguitar-factory.com/n...-WAS-BORN.html
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First I've seen it. Didn't sound bad, and at a budget price. The look of it doesn't appeal to me, but... that whole "beholder" thing comes into play.
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Interesting ..a little...
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The white one has a better look. We will probably be hearing more about this instrument. What is the price point? Is this being sold in America?
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I think he said they were $550 US in Singapore.
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Felt bad he felt the need to put in a new saddle and fretwork. I wouldn’t have know that I needed those things let alone how to do it. But that Singapore guy is usually pretty fair in his reviews. He doesn’t blast badly about anything. Would like to hear it with a better mike.
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Working on internal pickups and wiring would be a challenge. Need some pretty slim hands and wrists.

But for the price . . .
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:39 AM
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I thought the McPherson sounded a bit better but not a whole lot. Certainly a good value for $550 if all you use it for is travel.

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Here are some dimensions I found on the following website:
https://www.yoycart.com/Product/559061134905/
The dimensions were within Chinese Text, so I don't know for sure what part of the Lava Me guitar they refer to.
936.5 mm ...... 322.69 mm ..... 117.84 mm .... 1.7 kg
My guess is..
936.5 mm = 36.87009 inches .... I think is total guitar length
322.69 mm = 12.704 inches ...... I think is lower bout width
117.84 = 4.639 inches .....I think is body thickness
1.7 kg = 3.74786 pounds
Looks like Lava Me comes with D'Addario EXP11 string too.

There is more info about Lava Me on this next website:
http://lavamusic.com/
if your browser allows you to translate Chinese to English.
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121;

Thank you for pursuing this. The second site you offer indicates that the is not the first rodeo for Lava. Some of the wooden guitars look quite fetching.

I suspect that, as with other Chinese products, Lava may end up as a quality instrument. Several years ago I played a $400 Chinese nylon string guitar in a blind test against a $2,400 American guitar--it was a wash as the listener (a very good guitar player) thought they sounded alike. indeed, The two guitars looked exactly the same except for the type of wood (both used solid hardwoods).

In the past, carbon fiber players have wondered about the Chinese place in CF history. Some have felt that the molds would be too high tech and expensive and others felt that the labor intensity would be a deterrent. I don't think either prognosis will face the test of time.
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I won't lie, this us what I was expecting when I entered this thread. Carry on....

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Old 07-16-2018, 05:28 PM
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Just watched the 3 videos on the lavamusic site and must say, "Well done!"

Very professional and the one with the construction sequences is really interesting.

But I'm wondering if the guitar is made from carbon fiber cloth or some kind of resin pellets containing carbon fiber that somehow fuse together.

It's not clear from the video--but from the way it's presented as almost fully automatic production, pellets would be the way to go. Fabric would need hands on help.

But if pellets, is it still called "carbon fiber" in the sense we know, or something else?

They seem to have taken some leaps forward in a number of ways. I'm impressed at this point . . . but more info is needed. Scale length? Nut width? Tuner info? Fret material. I do love the pinless bridge design.
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