Carbon-Fiber Makes Acoustic Guitar a Reality in Haiti

Posted on June 12, 2014

Think of it as making the world a better place—one acoustic guitar at a time.

At least that’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 island—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 before—but, says Dohring, they were amazed by the instrument.

Unfortunately, Dohring soon discovered, playing his guitar in Haiti’s damp, heat-soaked climate was less than ideal.

“The climate is just so humid in the area, that guitars literally fall apart,” he says. “[So] I started searching for a solution.”

What Dohring found was Peavey’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.

“The hope that is filled on their faces when they play and sing and make music is amazing. Music brings hope. It really does,” Dohring says.

For more on Dohring’s guitar mission, check out the above video.  

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