Carbon fiber reinforcements serve many applications
in the making of musical instruments,
where its material properties of
low mass and high stiffness make it an
ideal choice. Carbon fiber reinforcements may be
used with truss rods, in various configurations,
for neck reinforcement in wood
necks. Short strips can be used to
strengthen the head stock joint. Carbon
fiber reinforcements may be used in guitar bracing,
where it can be used in combination
with balsa or spruce as a stiffening laminate.
Strips may be used in lattice support
bracing of the top plate to allow
greater thinning for increased response.
Some makers have found other creative
applications in using carbon fiber strips
as longitudinal internal supports for reducing
stress on top sounding plates.
Due to its high strength in compression/
tension and low mass, and its excellent
bonding with epoxy and
cyanoacrylate adhesives, carbon fiber is
the doorway for new generation instrument
making. The limit of usage is imagination!