Carbon-Fiber Makes Acoustic Guitar a Reality in Haiti
Think of it as making the world a better placeâ€”one acoustic guitar at a time.
At least thatâ€™s the intent behind a joint effort between Peavey electronics and clean-water organization, Raincatchers, to make guitars a reality in Haiti.
The origins of the guitar project stem, of all things, from climate. Music is an important cultural element in the impoverished Caribbean islandâ€”but wood instruments tend to rot quickly in the extreme heat and humidity.
It was while he was on a trip to Haiti to teach rainwater collection to locals, that Raincatcher member Chad Dohring whipped out his acoustic guitar. Many villagers had never seen nor heard an acoustic guitar beforeâ€”but, says Dohring, they were amazed by the instrument.
Unfortunately, Dohring soon discovered, playing his guitar in Haitiâ€™s damp, heat-soaked climate was less than ideal.
â€śThe climate is just so humid in the area, that guitars literally fall apart,â€ť he says. â€ś[So] I started searching for a solution.â€ť
What Dohring found was Peaveyâ€™s line of carbon-fiber acoustic guitars made of a material the company calls Composite Acoustics. And, most importantly to Dohring, the material allows for a consistent sound no matter the climate.
To help with the effort, Peavey donated a guitar to Dohring, who used it to teach music at a newly opened school in Haiti.
â€śThe hope that is filled on their faces when they play and sing and make music is amazing. Music brings hope. It really does,â€ť Dohring says.
For more on Dohringâ€™s guitar mission, check out the above video.