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Who else brings a guitar or other musical instrument on your canoe trips?

I have a Rainsong carbon fiber parlor guitar that I will bring on occasion, depending on the nature of the trip.

Most of my trips are 1-2 nights, without any portages, so adding a small guitar isn't a major burden. I also go to places where I generally don't have any close neighbors, so I won't be bothering other campers.

When the opportunity arises, it's nice making music out in nature.

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Carbon fiber!? I had no idea. The neck too? I guess that solves the drastic humidity changes that keep me from bringing anything of value.

When I am solo I bring an inexpensive half scale classical. I do make sure there are no other trippers within hearing distance. It drives me bonkers to listen to other’s music in the wilderness. I can only assume someone else wouldn’t want to hear mine. It is a nice way to pass some time.

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I started on drums and I tried stringed instruments but they never stuck. Alas, I can’t exactly bring a drum set with me while I’m tripping. In the past year or so I’ve picked up the harmonica though, and it’s been very nice to fiddle around with thanks to its small size and easy learning curve.

Carbon fiber, huh? Never thought of that, like Cheeseandbeans. Smart!
 
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Yes, carbon fiber body and neck. There are a number of manufacturers making carbon fiber guitars, but Rainsong is the most well known.

As Cheeseandbeans said, with it being carbon fiber you don’t have to worry about temperature or humidity changes.

And the carbon fiber guitars sound good. My parlor is a 12 fret guitar and it has plenty of punch and bottom end. When bringing it out on a trip I don't feel like it is a compromise in feel and tone, as opposed to bringing a "beater" guitar that may not have the best playability or tone.

 
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I've been looking at those carbon fiber guitars. I've got a cheap little ovation style one I bring. How many sheckles is one of those carbon ones worth?
 
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I've been looking at those carbon fiber guitars. I've got a cheap little ovation style one I bring. How many sheckles is one of those carbon ones worth?

Depends on the brand and model, but generally on the expensive side new. They can be found much cheaper used. I bought my Rainsong used for over 50% off the retail price.
 
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Who else brings a guitar or other musical instrument on your canoe trips?

I have a Rainsong carbon fiber parlor guitar that I will bring on occasion, depending on the nature of the trip.

Most of my trips are 1-2 nights, without any portages, so adding a small guitar isn't a major burden. I also go to places where I generally don't have any close neighbors, so I won't be bothering other campers.

When the opportunity arises, it's nice making music out in nature.

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I take my little Martin Backpacker sometimes. I wrap it in a heavy duty trash bag and duct tape it closed. I take church groups so it is helpful to lead singing of hymns or church songs. I plan to do some playing on an upcoming video. My daughter is a voice major in college, so if I can take her along we might make some good music. https://youtube.com/channel/UCOb_BCCjB0iM-rZjhxtsNZQ
 
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Well, I just looked up the price......LOL. I'll have to wait for the lottery win for that one. I have a series of campfire guitars, in various states of destruction, but they all play well, and sound good, so I think I will concentrate on their complete destruction, which should take me to the end of my natural life span.
 
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I used to bring a soprano recorder. I've thought about bringing my banjo, but then I experience pounding rain and think...maybe not. Then a portage. Really not.
 
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