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CARBON FIBER vs WOOD – Guitar Tone Comparison!

October 11, 2019

hey guys how’s it going I’m excited about today’s video what we’re going to do today is we are going to compare a carbon fiber guitar versus a traditional wooden instrument so what we’re going to do is we are going to do four different sort of little playing tests so we’re going to play these instruments back-to-back we’re going to do a chord progression picking pattern sort of a more modern finger style piece with some tapped harmonics and stuff like that and then we’ll wrap it up with just a very basic chord progression so that’s what we’ll do but in the meantime let’s take a quick look at the guitars alright so this is our first instrument this is a stone bridge acoustic guitar so here it is there you go just a nice classy looking stone bridge logo an ebony fingerboard with some really beautiful inlays there there we go and just sort of a nice tasteful rosette with an ebony bridge as well now stone bridge instruments aren’t as well known as some of the other household names but certainly on par with the highest end of Gibson Taylor Martin those kind of guitars and stone bridge is played by some of the best fingerstyle guitarist in the world so it’s a very beautiful sounding instrument and yeah so we’ll see how the carbon fiber stacks up to this let’s take a look at the rain song okay so here is the carbon fiber instrument that we are going to be comparing against the stone bridge this is a rain song guitar the fingerboard is graphite the bridge is graphite and the rest of the guitar the rest of the instrument is sort of carbon fiber and so you get this really really well I think it looks really cool sort of woven look and on the back there’s the sides and here’s the back yeah you get this really cool sort of herringbone pattern so it looks really neat and the back side here they’ve sort of rounded along the whole edge of the instrument which i think is a really nice touch and other than that construction wise there’s not a flaw on it it’s just really really well made I’m very impressed by it now if you’re interested in an instrument like this there’s probably a couple of reasons one is they are impervious to swings in temperature and also swings in humidity so that doesn’t affect the instrument at all it’s very very stable and if you can see probably noticed in the reflections here it’s very cold out it’s very snowy and it’s it’s really hot in the summer where I live it’s really really cold in the winter where I live and I take a guitar with me three to four times a week outside of the house so that’s where an instrument like this really shines but the question we’re going to ask today is how does it sound because that’s obviously hugely important when you’re thinking about buying an instrument so let’s get on to the playing tests and see how how the rain song compares to to the wood guitar all right let’s take a listen [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] you [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] you [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] Oh [Music] you [Music] [Music] you [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] you [Music] you [Music] Oh thanks so much for watching you guys I really appreciate that hopefully you found this video interesting and informative have yourself a great day and take care


  • Reply Edward Jones October 2, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Nice, but I still prefer the wood guitar.

  • Reply Mike Petroff October 2, 2019 at 2:25 am

    No doubt the carbon fiber guitar is smoother in terms of all frequencies being equal and controlled, but it not quite as bright or vibrant as the wood guitar. I like them both.

  • Reply jason castelle October 2, 2019 at 2:36 am

    La guitarra de madera se siente se ve y se oye viva a diferencia de la guitarra de carbono que se siente se ve y se oye un poco inerte.

  • Reply Erick Eman October 2, 2019 at 2:44 am

    wood's sustain is longer

  • Reply Tesla uv October 2, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Very good 👍🏻🎸
    Donde puedo ver esos TAB tan geniales?

  • Reply twoicyclops October 2, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Wood sounds better

  • Reply Ali Shujau October 2, 2019 at 5:22 am

    I think the lower E sounds better with carbon fibre

  • Reply Mr Bear Lee There - BearRon October 2, 2019 at 5:40 am

    I also have a Rainsong and love it, but I like the Stonebridge for the way you play.
    As for a cheaper wood, the Rainsong might sound better.

  • Reply Ethan Benson October 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Sounds like Minnesota to me

  • Reply Scott B October 2, 2019 at 6:32 am

    The carbon fiber is sticking needles in my ears without any further clarity. Wood better in each example.

  • Reply Tony Hyde October 2, 2019 at 8:43 am

    think the lava carbon fibre has a better sound

  • Reply Kiro Yuki October 2, 2019 at 8:50 am

    For me wood is warm but the carbon is more likely good for rock acoustic cover depending on the genre you like..

  • Reply Marco F October 2, 2019 at 9:02 am

    wooden's sound has more frequencies, both in basses and in higher frequencies. Even if i like che carbon guitar's sound.

  • Reply Rudi Zimmerer October 2, 2019 at 9:14 am

    The high pitch sound distorts, it doesn't feel good… Other Carbon guitars sound better without distortion…

  • Reply Barbusie October 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I couldn't hear that much difference between the two . . . .
    The wood may be a bit warmer, but heavier strings would
    make it good and warm . . . .

  • Reply Crusty Gronk October 2, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    This is youtube, I'm listening to this with $10 speakers. It wouldn't make a difference if you're playing wood or C/fibre or a cardboard box. Having said that, once you add-in lights, stage resonance and amplifiers, nobody would pick the difference.

  • Reply Hampton Hinton October 2, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    The wood was a much prettier sound the carbon fiber sound was like a really low end Wood acoustic guitar sound , kind of blan.

  • Reply Jacques Steyn October 2, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Hallo , i was wondering if you could tell me what song you are playing in the intro/picking part of your video, i would like to learn it, and it would save me allot from sitting here figuring it out
    thank you have a nice day.

  • Reply nala trebor renoclaf October 2, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I made my own from dried carrot shavings. Still got it.

  • Reply Guillermo Calero October 2, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    mijo primero fue el uno k el dos y la guitarra en madera es el uno .y la de carbono es como la cancion de chakira ciega sorda y muda.jajajaa

  • Reply oscar saavedra October 2, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Wood better bass
    CF better bright

  • Reply Dennis Ross October 2, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    I could never abandon my Stratocaster, but the combination of sound and durability is why I'll be in the market for a carbon fiber guitar. A everyday, everywhere guitar that holds up that well to travel, weather and on occasion a drunk uncle breaking the neck of a Gibson Les Paul😢 "let me show you how to play smoke on the water"( everybody knows how to play that Deep Purple chord). Gibson hasn't been replaced, it was in decent condition, not great or even good, but damm.

  • Reply herbert mape all October 2, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Wood is better than the carbon one

  • Reply Peter Hansen October 3, 2019 at 1:18 am

    I didn’t find the Rainsong to be brighter at all. The Stonebridge produced a cleaner and sweeter top end. The Rainsong seemed to emphasize the midrange a bit too much. The Stonebridge had a sound I would describe as “luminous”, with no smearing of the full range of tones, no matter what pitch, the guitar had a lovely clear voice.

    I’ve played a couple of Rainsongs and have liked them. I have not played a Stonebridge, but based upon this comparison, I would very much like to.

  • Reply jimmymac63 October 3, 2019 at 2:49 am

    To me, the wood sounded lighter and warmer. The Carbon sounded darker, deeper and richer….for what it is worth. I guess it would depend on what sound the artist wanted to get across as to which should be used. I think they both have their place.

  • Reply Raul Acosta Lopez October 3, 2019 at 2:55 am

    El sonido de la madera es mas dulce y cálido, conectado con la naturaleza,en cambio la de fibra si se nota lo artificial y es un sonido frío y estridente.

  • Reply Claudio Di Masso October 3, 2019 at 3:34 am


  • Reply RED S7VN October 3, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Do both guitars have new and the same strings?

  • Reply Jimmy Acha October 3, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Wood have some beautiful sounds,I like more wood, But carbon maybe better for studio recording

  • Reply ThePeacemaker848 October 3, 2019 at 5:33 am

    You need to do a temperature test. Go outside!

  • Reply chaiz gabyano October 3, 2019 at 11:02 am

    The wood is better

  • Reply Master Bates October 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Bollocks to all the ppl who think there's any difference. They sound the same FFS….

  • Reply Don Kanis October 3, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I have perfect which is sometimes a nuisance. I was pleasantly surprised by the carbon fiber but found the wood produced better individual/distinct string notes on chords and the carbon fiber lacked a little in low and high frequencies. I am happy that wood still produces the best sound although I would certainly use the CF at gigs and spare my expensive wood guitars.

  • Reply mundo da vih October 3, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Sou do BRASIL , acoustic guitar , the best Rosewood , yes . 100% .

  • Reply Hugo Albanese October 3, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Genius !!!!
    Hey Buenos Aires Argentina…

  • Reply emil justian October 3, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    The difference between digital & analog. I still prefer analog. I still prefer wood. Nice playing, by the way.

  • Reply N McG October 4, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Cool video.
    For my old ears it's Stonebridge by a mile. Subtle overtones. Nice crisp upper and warm lower tones.

  • Reply Odlonra Ollitsac October 4, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Los sonidos son amplificados y graves, con la fibra de carbono.
    With the carbon fiber guitar, loudness and grave are sounds

  • Reply Crackles McFarly October 4, 2019 at 2:01 am

    What would it cost to building a 1,500 Sq. Foot Home purely out of carbon fiber? As opposed to poor grade wood?
    Then compared to 100% Concrete, then compared to 100% Basal Wood? Also has anyone ever made a nearly 100% Glass Guitar? Bet that would be awesome on Satan's scale.

  • Reply Raamakrishnan N S October 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Does the carbon fibre guitar suppress the low frequency sounds

  • Reply Dores Theo October 4, 2019 at 5:32 am

    I think wood really win on sound

  • Reply Bill Schlotman October 4, 2019 at 6:29 am

    What is the price point of each guitar?

  • Reply N A D October 4, 2019 at 11:21 am

    I don’t think test 3 tapping is very applicable. Seriously who really plays guitar like this. It’s just a fad

  • Reply sdme October 4, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    La de fibra de carbono lleva tildes '.

  • Reply Leland George October 4, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    CF more mid range tone.

  • Reply Santosh P.S.S. October 4, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I would prefer wood (I don’t own a guitar, but just looking at both, wood looks and sounds natural {ironic})

  • Reply Erwin Oberkofler October 4, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Carbon 🚀

  • Reply Jim Hofoss October 4, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    the wood has richer tone, and resonates better and longer. Carbon fibre looks dope, but sounds tinny, toy-like, and doesn’t have life, like the wood….just my opinion

  • Reply cofee Paste October 5, 2019 at 12:09 am

    I think the wood guitar is the most nice sound and expensive

  • Reply Car Gon October 5, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Man the wood has a more natural sound carbon fiber has like bucket sound

  • Reply Arlys Reine October 5, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Sorry……carbon is a dead sound, acoustically. No matter how you play it… Great guitar playing, though……

  • Reply ted varglien October 5, 2019 at 7:40 am


  • Reply John Doe October 5, 2019 at 8:46 am

    The wooden guitar seems to have more dynamics. The CF one more compressed and indeed more midrange

  • Reply Lily Hughes October 5, 2019 at 11:34 am

    the carbon rings a lot longer

  • Reply pras hendra October 5, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    wooden best

  • Reply Roberto Rodríguez October 5, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    still think the wooden guitar sounds better but the carbon fiber guitar holds its own very well. were the FC one priced under $200 it would be a no brainer.

  • Reply david hz October 6, 2019 at 1:14 am

    There is not a big diference realy..

  • Reply Harley Robertson October 6, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Did you really say aboot, sometimes south park really hits the nail on the head

  • Reply Pablo Baldomir October 6, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Carbon fiber guitar have good bass but not hi frequence …

  • Reply Pablo Baldomir October 6, 2019 at 9:21 am

    The guitar wood is moore bright

  • Reply Pablo Baldomir October 6, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Eii ,you play very good !!

  • Reply kopial October 6, 2019 at 11:06 am

    The wood have a slightly wider frequency range than cf. The lack of range from the cf produces a hollow tone compared to the wood.

  • Reply unknwn_usr October 6, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    The sound from the wooden guitar rings better…

  • Reply oxl nation October 6, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Wood 👍

  • Reply Phil Productions October 6, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    I like the sound of the carbon fiber guitar better.

  • Reply tiffsaver October 6, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Damned close. But I think for pure listening I prefer wood, even in the organic way wood feels in the hand—from the fret board to the body. The composite guitar tones also seemed a little "thinner," more treble-y, but not overly so. But when you consider the all-weather qualities of graphite, this manmade material wins, hands-down. They make jet planes out of this stuff!! I'd also love to hear what graphite sounds like ELECTRIFIED, compared with wood (I've noticed that many of these composite models have built-in controls). How would THAT effect the overall sound compared with wood?

    The "bottom line," of course, will always boil down to personal taste… in looks, in durability, in usage, and that will never change, no matter how many "improvements" they put into modern guitar making. Remember they made the first fiberglass bass guitar in the 1970s, with tiny body and the tuners on the bottom? I forgot the name of it. Did wood basses go away? Nope. They only got MORE expensive. Then look at all the new fangled electric violins that have nowadays. Very cool looking. But I doubt that one will ever sell for 16 million, do you??

  • Reply Joseph Jerry October 6, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Wood has warmer sound. Carbon fibre should be 1/5th cheap but that’s not the situation now. May be in future carbon fibre will become cheap

  • Reply Maria Cruz October 6, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Cuánto me costaría una guitarra de ésas

  • Reply Benjamin Breeg October 6, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    You try lots of guitars, nice someone else can do it before someone makes a decision.

  • Reply Benjamin Breeg October 6, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I like the carbon axe much superior, but will it hold up to Dr. Ducks string lube, yea it will no problem.

  • Reply Zimry Rivas Topete October 6, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Amigo se escucha la diferencia de una a comparación de la otra. En la me madera se escuchan más los sonidos graves y menos los agudos cosa que sucede lo contrario a la que es de fibra de carbono.

  • Reply Bhatt Hole October 6, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    The CF sounds kinda nasally.

  • Reply Chatom Longcha October 7, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Wood sounds better as it echoes​ better than the carbon fiber, but in terms of durability carbon fiber is king ( to all those who frequently drops their guitar{me included})

  • Reply Digital Nomad October 7, 2019 at 4:22 am

    One thing that I noticed about the fiber guitars I've seen demonstrated on YT is that they somehow make the scrape sound when running your fingers up and down the woven strings seem twice as loud.

  • Reply ira handler October 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    These two guitars were not the same. I liked the wood one better

  • Reply Andyoges October 7, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Two totally different tones. For me.. Wood

  • Reply Apenk Supangat October 7, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    How much?

  • Reply whi Sn October 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Carbon 👍

  • Reply ECL Clm October 7, 2019 at 8:43 pm


  • Reply Paul Phelps October 7, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Unquestionably, the wood looks better and sounds better.

  • Reply tom young October 8, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Wood wins but with carbon fibre another 10 years will likely change that.

  • Reply Dan Rebeiz October 8, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Wood definitely absorbs some of the harsh tones and resonates mostly in the mid range. The carbon fiber sounds like it sorta resonates all tones without absorbing any, so you get a harsher, more "metallic" sound. Would prob sound best with new age-y kinda music.
    But with vocals or for a more pleasing tone, def the wood.

  • Reply endwood October 8, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Would have been better off hiding each guitar, just listen. Wood is more mellow, softer, carbon is harsh

  • Reply Diago Fernandes October 8, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I can see snow on tree in the carbon fibre guitar reflection

  • Reply Joe October 8, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I liked the carbon fiber sound and looks but the wood sound so much more complex. I enjoyed both.

  • Reply lmou zik October 8, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    More bass in wood guitar

  • Reply Adrian Gonzales October 9, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Para mi la medera suena mejor

  • Reply Jesse Flo October 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    For me Comparison is not necessary, I think of it as having different sounds on a keyboard.
    Different songs different sounds 😊

  • Reply Rafael Prado October 9, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    i would like to have the tabs about that "song", if it's possible, pls

  • Reply donindri October 10, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I am a carbon based creature, so I resonated with the Rain Song.

  • Reply 통기타TV October 10, 2019 at 1:49 am

    카본은 영 아니네 ㅎ
    Wood win~^^

  • Reply Hubert Pereira October 10, 2019 at 5:47 am

    I am not a specialist, however I am really amazed with what the carbon guitar can do. Interesting

  • Reply johnnybgoode1950 October 10, 2019 at 6:30 am

    IMO, wood sounded richer with full highs and lows, carbon fiber sounded more constricted in tonal range to the highs and upper midrange.

  • Reply nandosuke nanda October 10, 2019 at 7:01 am

    I'm more to carbon fibre, because of environmental friendliness 😁

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  • Reply Gary Vander Giessen October 10, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I thought they both had Great tone. It just depended on what style you were playing. The Carbon Fiber has a clearer tone, the Wood is warmer. I liked them both. A tool works best when it is used for the task it was designed for. JMO

  • Reply outlawamps October 10, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    What kind of strings? Are they the same brand/composition/gauge on both guitars?
    The CF is not as present as the wood, but maybe some of that is the strings(?). Like the wood better but I would be happy with the CF since it is so much more stable. Worth the tradeoff, I would think

  • Reply Rob Badapple October 10, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    The carbon fiber one sounds awful. Lacking sustain and warmth.

  • Reply Origen17 October 10, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I'd love for the carbon fiber to be better, but it wasn't. Constricted harmonic spectrum and too hot in the mids. The Stonebridge had much better range of frequencies, and definitely warmer.

  • Reply Miguel Jr. Orias October 10, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Your journeyinstrument web wont let me see through the shop because of the annoying sign up pop up it wont even close when I tried to close it, Im using firefox browser for android phone.

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