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    I have just done a bit of work for a friend of mine who manufactures Carbon Fibre parts for the motor industry (Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bently etc) and as a result of a little conversation we have decided to colaborate and begin manufacturing and selling Carbon Fibre Guitar parts; scratch plates, pickup rings, cavity covers etc. I'm expecting the first samples next weekend so pics will be posted as soon as i get them in, also we'll be selling blanks ready for a customer to cut and fit themselves. we'll also (hopefully) be doing custom orders. all parts will be multy-ply motorsport grade carbon fibre fullu cured (unless stated) and laquered (unless stated).

    the reason for this thread is to guage interest. would any of you guys be interested in such parts for custom builds?...i can't quote prices just yet but we're expecting to keep prices as low as possible so expect (roughly) $25 for a pre-cut strat scratchplate, and $20 for a 2'x2' sheet of uncut pre-laquered carbon fibre.

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    Even though I'm not doin' a custom build or anything, it sounds pretty damned cool... Motorsports, carbon fibre, guitars... Yup, pretty sweet...

    On a serious note, I wonder how a carbon fibre guitar pick would work out??? Hint: I use .50 size...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge View Post
    Even though I'm not doin' a custom build or anything, it sounds pretty damned cool... Motorsports, carbon fibre, guitars... Yup, pretty sweet...

    On a serious note, I wonder how a carbon fibre guitar pick would work out??? Hint: I use .50 size...
    good idea. I'll have some knockedup and see how they work out, i get the feeling that they'd be better f they were slightly thicker than .5 because of how brittle carbon fibre can be, i'd hate if someone snapped on and ended up with splinters, if they work i'll send you a few though.
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    Very interested in this! I have a few friends who would be as well. We'd actually talked about this before but never looked into how to actually do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    Very interested in this! I have a few friends who would be as well. We'd actually talked about this before but never looked into how to actually do it.
    so far we're looking at Strat's, Tele's, LP's, LP Juniors, Yamaha Pacifica 112v's, ES 335's. the full kit will include scrate plates, cavity covers, truss rod covers plus any other parts that are model specific. hopefully we'll be offering custom shapes too if people send us templates. once i get my samples (for my new Strat build) i'll be sending out a few test kits to random people see what the skinny is, then, once we're happy with the fit and overal quality of the parts we'll be going into full production. one thing i want is for all these parts to be of the highest quality possible with the lowest price possible (hence the sample parts randomly sent out)
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    Do you have an example picture of what the finished surfaces look like? Because if it's anything like the textured auto parts I've seen, it should look amazing! There will definitely be interest in something like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjstudios View Post
    Do you have an example picture of what the finished surfaces look like? Because if it's anything like the textured auto parts I've seen, it should look amazing! There will definitely be interest in something like this.
    i should have samples by next weekend and i will upload full close-up pics. the carbon is EXACTLY what is used by Aston Martin on the new one-77 model as well as their racing cars (it's made in the same place by the same people and even baked in the same oven/autoclave)
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    "I'm a 45-year-old man, and I still like to wear a thong or a speedo when I go swimming.
    Not because I have a great body, it's just an easy way to make sure I have the hotel swimming pool all to myself."...Bullwinkle for quite obvious reasons!

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    I'm loving what Aston Martin is putting out lately... The One-77 and the new Zagato just has me drooling all over myself...

    Back to guitars, yeah, I would totally be interested in picks and give 'em some abuse...
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    Just as a head's up to you guys, and not that it would matter on some parts, but depending on the "mix" done on the composite, CF parts can either be very conductive or somewhat conductive for electricity...just figured I'd throw that tidbit out there.
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    I would guess since Tom's buddy's company makes stuff for exotic car manufacturers, they are more than likely aware of potential pitfalls of carbon fiber and guitars... But that's cool that you're thinkin' ahead and throwing that out... BTW, I had no idea some mixes of carbon fiber were conductive...
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    For those of you who own or have played a Parker guitar, (which are just INSANE by-the-way), the necks on those guitars are reinforced with carbon fiber to increase the rigidity of the neck. Especially the point at which the neck meets the body. I used to work with Ken Parker well before they were bought by Korg, Intíl and I was unsure of the whole carbon fiber thing but once I felt the difference, it was pretty amazing.
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    the first sample of CF is here, and i have to say that i'm very impressed, it's 4 ply motorsport grade carbon fibre it may only be 0.05" thick but i POUNDED it with a claw hammer to test it's strength and it didn't even scratch!!. the piece i have here right now is a test piece for me to evaluate the feasability of sending out 2'x2' sections for customers to shape themselves, so i will be attempting to cut some cavity covers later today and report back. for now here's a pic to show how straight the weave is...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    the first sample of CF is here, and i have to say that i'm very impressed, it's 4 ply motorsport grade carbon fibre it may only be 0.05" thick but i POUNDED it with a claw hammer to test it's strength and it didn't even scratch!!. the piece i have here right now is a test piece for me to evaluate the feasability of sending out 2'x2' sections for customers to shape themselves, so i will be attempting to cut some cavity covers later today and report back. for now here's a pic to show how straight the weave is...
    That's awesome, mate! Not to burst the bubble here but RainSong beat you guys to the punch. And, yes, I've played quite a few (wish I owned one) and they sound fantastic...AND play like a dream:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixstring View Post
    That's awesome, mate! Not to burst the bubble here but RainSong beat you guys to the punch. And, yes, I've played quite a few (wish I owned one) and they sound fantastic...AND play like a dream:

    http://www.rainsong.com/

    oddly enough, when the stuff was dropped round to me i was amazed at how resonant it was! It certainly doesn't surprise me that someone has made an acoustic guitar out of it. Sadly i'm in no way geared up for anything like that right now, just scratchplates and cavity covers..lol
    but thanks for the link mate, certainly interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge View Post
    I had no idea some mixes of carbon fiber were conductive...
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