Composite Acoustics Cargo with Electronics ELE - Raw Carbon Fiber Top, Satin Back

6-string Acoustic-electric Travel Guitar with Carbon Fiber Top, Back, and Sides; Carbon Fiber Neck; Polymer Fingerboard; and LR Baggs Electronics - Raw Carbon Fiber
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Compact Acoustic-electric Built for the Road

Tired of your guitar acting up because of the weather or climate? The innovative Composite Acoustics Cargo acoustic-electric travel guitar replaces traditional woods with carbon fiber for a rock-solid guitar. Extreme temps and humidity don't affect the Cargo, giving you a guitar that is ready for any gig anywhere. The great-sounding acoustic tone is perfect for small gigs, and the LR Baggs electronics give you excellent plugged-in tone. Every Composite Acoustics guitar is Plek'd at the factory for a lifetime of perfect playability. If you're looking for an ultra-stable and reliable acoustic-electric travel guitar, then you need to check out the Composite Acoustics Cargo!

Composite Acoustics Cargo Acoustic-electric Travel Guitar at a Glance:
  • Plek setup from the factory
  • Modern, man-made materials create an ultra-stable instrument
  • Tailored acoustic guitar tone
  • Constructed with laser precision
  • A hassle-free guitar
  • LR Baggs electronics give you plenty of sonic control
Plek setup from the factory

In an effort to offer the best-playing, best-sounding acoustic guitars on the market, Composite Acoustics puts every one of their instruments through a computerized Plek Pro setup. The Plek system takes measurements of each guitar, perfectly levels and crowns each fret, and cuts the string nut at the ideal height and width for a perfectly set up instrument. And thanks to the carbon fiber construction, it stays that way with no variation.

Modern, man-made materials create an ultra-stable instrument

Acoustic guitars made from wood have always been plagued with temperature and climate issues. If it's too humid, your guitar sounds muddy, and if it's too dry, it can experience shrinkage and cracking. And let's not forget that hot and cold can also wreak havoc on your instrument. Composite Acoustics has eliminated all of these annoyances by building an acoustic guitar out of carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is a lightweight and super-strong material used for everything from Formula One race cars to airplanes. Besides being immune to climate and temperature issues, the strength of carbon fiber means you'll never have any "bellying" on the top or ever have to adjust your neck.

Tailored acoustic guitar tone

Another great aspect of the Composite Acoustics Cargo carbon fiber acoustic-electric guitar is its sound. Whether you play it acoustic or electric, the Cargo has a great voice and tonality. Extensive design and testing has led Composite Acoustics to find the perfect formula for amazing acoustic sound. And since every guitar is created using exact tolerances, thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, they all have that killer acoustic voicing. The body and neck are created as a single piece, which gives the Cargo maximum tonal transfer. The top uses carbon fiber bracing to give you the perfect acoustic sound for any style of music. Even the bridge and saddle are precision made from carbon for maximum sound and vibration transfer.

Constructed with laser precision

Modern technology creates greener houses, smaller computers, and more economical cars, so why not a better guitar? Composite Acoustics utilizes the latest in modern production technology to build the Cargo acoustic-electric guitar. These American-made guitars are built to extremely strict tolerances using CNC machines, CAD design, and laser-cutting devices that give you the perfect instrument. The Plek Pro fret-leveling process creates an outstandingly playable fretboard. You won't find a more precisely made guitar on the market than the Composite Acoustics Cargo. Every Composite Acoustics guitar comes with a lifetime warranty.

A hassle-free guitar

Traditionally constructed guitars need lots of care and babying from the elements and climate. The Composite Acoustics Cargo's unique carbon fiber build makes it impervious to weather and climate conditions. You won't have to worry about shrinkage, cracking, or expanding. In fact, you never have to oil your fingerboard or humidify a carbon fiber guitar. Carbon fiber is a stable and ultra-durable material, making it perfect for traveling musicians. The top of the Cargo won't split down the center in dry climates and won't warp or swell in wet climates. The reliability and stability of the Composite Acoustics Cargo is something we at Sweetwater know most guitarists will appreciate. You can keep it in your car all day long no matter what the temperature. The Composite Acoustics Cargo is perfect for camping, festivals, and any outdoor gig.

LR Baggs electronics give you plenty of sonic control

You can shape the sound of your Composite Acoustics Cargo acoustic-electric travel guitar for virtually any scenario with LR Baggs Active Element electronics. The ultra-thin film sensor is only 0.002" thick, which allows it to pick up the nuances of the top's vibration. You get a ton of dynamic range and natural tone.

Composite Acoustics Cargo Acoustic-electric Travel Guitar Features:
  • State-of-the-art guitar made from carbon fiber
  • Plek process creates an amazingly precise fretboard with optimal fret leveling
  • Great acoustic sound that won't change
  • 1-piece guitar body and neck for maximum vibration transfer
  • Carbon fiber is extremely rugged and impervious to climate and weather conditions
  • Easier to care for than traditional wooden guitars
  • Durable stainless steel frets
  • Carbon fiber nut and bridge
  • Precision 18:1 ratio tuners
  • Great plugged-in tone with LR Baggs Active Element electronics
  • Handcrafted in the USA by skilled technicians and craftsmen
  • Lifetime warranty
Get an extremely durable and rugged acoustic with the carbon fiber Composite Acoustics Cargo!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Travel size
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right Handed
Color Raw Carbon Fiber
Top Wood Carbon Fiber
Back & Sides Wood Carbon Fiber
Body Bracing Integrated Top Bracing Technology (IBT)
Neck Wood Carbon Fiber
Fingerboard Material Proprietary Reinforced Polymer
Fingerboard Inlay Aluminum, dot
Number of Frets 21 medium stainless steel
Scale Length 22.75"
Tuning Machines Ultra Precision Tuning Machines (18:1 ratio)
Bridge Material Proprietary Carbon Composite
Nut/Saddle Material Proprietary Carbon Composite
Nut Width 1.75"
Electronics LR Baggs Active Element
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Strings (.012-.053)
Case Included Deluxe Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 03011250

Customer Reviews

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Couldn't be happier

Amateur player here. Today it's pouring rain but I don't care because I have a carbon fiber guitar. Next week I'll take a trip down to the Mojave and play some more and have nothing to fear from the beautiful desert which shattered the bamboo flute I took there last year with its desolation and dryness. I just got this guitar last night and have been unable to put it down. It's so light and comfortable. The body fits me perfectly, the neck is slim and fast, the tone and sustain make me shiver. I feel weird gushing so much but it's far and away the nicest musical instrument I've ever owned and I'm filled with a weird joy knowing that short of being run over by a car, it will always play with this lightness and grace.
Music background: Amateur

Cool new toy

Just to set the record straight, I have been a sweetwater customer since 2012 Matt Mckible is my rep. Without him I doubt I would be a sweetwater customer. He has become more than a rep he has become a friend. Doing business with him has become an honor and a pleasure. Now to Composite acoustic, I received this about 2 to 3 hours ago and have been playing it since. It's so tiny and light that the sound that comes out of it amazed me and my wife, of course she is a bit one sided when it comes to me. But I have been a musician for 62 years have many instruments, and this thing is just way cool. It's so small it takes a bit of getting used to. I have a GS-mini. No comparison, not knocking the mini. It's just the sound that comes out of the Cargo is killer awesome lows I means thuds. I can't wait to go home and plug it in my studio. Don't think of this as a pricey travel axe, think of it as a really cool axe at a great price. Thanks Matt
Music background: You name it I did it

Love my Cargo

I travel 50% of the time. they throw it in the hold. they stuff it behind seats. it goes in the over head with people jamming their bags around it. it freezes. it bakes. and it comes out of the gig bag in tune and ready to play. i never worry about it and it never fails to please. Expensive. If you travel worth it. Don't mess around with those wooden folding half scale weird headstock things. play this instead. Owned mine for over a year now and i expect to have it forever.
Music background: Gypsy rhythm

I Love Sweetwater Music!!

I would like to say Thank You to Sweetwater and to Philip Courtney!! I had such a Smooth Transaction and Everything Promised was given. Your Customer Service through Philip Courtney was Outstanding and that is Big in this day and age, when Customer Service barley exist!! My guitar shipped faster than I expected and it was pack up so good there was no way it could ever of had damage to it. My Guitar is Wonderful, Perfect sizes, Plays very Smooth and I Love it!! Thank You Sweetwater you will now be my #1 Music Store for All my purchases!! Thank You Pat Turbyfill (Happy Customer)
Music background: Hobbyist Guitar Player, Clarinet, Saxophone, Hermonica Player!!

Great Travel Guitar

Purchased this guitar 5 years ago. Traveled to,into the interior and from China numerous as well as numerous trips to Europe. Fits nicely in the overhead compartment of all aircraft except the RJ's and small turbo props. It has also traveled down many white water rivers in Alaska and Canada. Own a couple of Martin D-28's but this is my choice for outstanding quality and tone on the road.
Music background: Pro-Musician
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Composite Acoustics, Composite Acoustics 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Composite Acoustics Acoustic / Electric Guitars