Composite Acoustics Cargo - Solid Red

6-string Acoustic-electric Travel Guitar with Carbon Fiber Top, Back, and Sides; Carbon Fiber Neck; Polymer Fingerboard; and LR Baggs Electronics - Solid Red
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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 Cargo Travel
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right Handed
Color Solid Red
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 03012670

Customer Reviews

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A Masterpiece

I've loved music as long as I can remember. Listening to my mom's 45's on my little green record player was the highlight of my day as a little kid. I've been a serious musician now for about 35 years. Write and record music in my home studio, also a praise leader at a local church. My main acoustic guitar for the past 15 plus years has been a Alvarez Kazuo Yairi WY-1. It's been back and forth across the globe twice and has served me well. It's either needing some serious work done or retired for home use. I decided to search the web to see my options for a replacement. I was thinking a parlor guitar to fill the position. In my search I accidentally stumbled upon the Composite Acoustics Cargo. The Cargo was off radar. It is categorized as a "travel guitar". That term doesn't fit this guitar at all IMHO, other than it's a smaller guitar. I've had a few travel guitars over the years: small in size, narrow neck, thin toned, mediocre playability. Something to toss in the back of the car with no worries of the thing being beat. The Cargo is a masterpiece! A stunning guitar in every aspect. From design, tone, fit/finish, playability. It is flawless. The tone: clear, articulate, warm, sustain for days and incredibly dynamic. The neck is perfect, very easy to play all the way up. The intonation is spot on, which is not easily accomplished on a short scale neck. Plugged into my Fishman Loudbox, it sounds amazing. From all the reviews I've read, I guess one can take this guitar rock climbing, to the beach and even play it in a hot tub. For me, it is now my main acoustic guitar, though I am confident of its toughness to take this guitar anywhere the music goes. I don't write reviews. I've written a handful in all the years of being a musician. This Composite Acoustics Cargo is worth the time and effort to write this review instead of playing music. Highest rating.
Music background: Active Musician 35 years

Even better after a few months!

I've been playing this exquisite guitar exclusively since it arrived a few months ago, and my wife has become accustomed to hearing me perform with it. It sounds great with electronics, but I use it mostly for acoustic work. This morning, I picked up another of my guitars, a highly regarded dreadnought, and sang a couple of songs with it. My who performs as my dancer and percussionist, rushed into the room wanting to know, "Is your guitar BROKEN?" I switched back to my Composite travel guitar, and all was well again. The acoustic sound is so smooth and clear, the difference in music quality is stunning. My wife's words, and I'm NOT making this up: "I'm so glad you bought this instrument." When mama's happy, everybody's happy.

Carbon Fiber winner

I had been thinking about adding a carbon fiber guitar to my collection, but wasn't impressed with the sounds of the full size versions available compared to their wood equivalents. I also wanted to add a travel guitar, but I play mostly fingerstyle and prefer the feel of a wider nut (1.75") than those available on the smaller Martins or Taylors. I wanted a guitar that would stand up to the humidity and temperature swings in Northern Virginia, and it had to be rugged enough to take to my acoustic guitar meetup group. My research led me to the Composite Acoustics Cargo. After having it for 3 weeks, it is my go-to guitar. The strings simply stay in EXACTLY in tune from 60% to 8% house humidity. The acoustic sound rivals my 600 series Taylor (close, but the Taylor still wins). Sustain is measured in hours and intonation is absolutely perfect. Once I got used to the shorter scale length, it is so easy to just pick it up and play without having to tune it every time. The bass response is surprisingly strong without being overly deep. The electronics sound incredible through a Fishman Loudbox mini. Its a happy combination of a GS Mini sparkle high end, a koa midrange and a solid mahogany Martin lower end, all in a non-wood package. Oh, by the way, the metallic red is worthy of a custom car finish. I had my doubts, but my sales engineer Rob assured me it was a winner. I agree. I'm done writing, now back to playing my CA Cargo. Get one today.


Outdoor gigs are my life, so I've known I needed a composite guitar for some time. I've played many models from as many manufacturers as I could, but I never found one worth the extra cash -- UNTIL last weekend at Emerald City Steampunk Expo, when I played one of these. Bigger and richer sound than seems physically possible from such a small instrument, light as air at 4.5 pounds, a neck and action so easy it seems to help me play it, impervious to weather and water, and in its accompanying sturdy gig bag, IT FITS IN AIRLINERS' OVERHEAD COMPARTMENTS! I've been a Sweetwater customer for years. I bought my very first guitar from them. And my sales engineer, Geoff Allen, is DA' BOMB! When I made it known I wanted to buy one of these "someday," he worked with me and his managers to make THAT the day -- last Tuesday. It arrived Friday, and yes, I am blown away -- by both this guitar's quality and beauty and by Sweetwater's work to make doing business with them so easy. Thank you.


I bought this guitar about five years ago when I was traveling four weeks out of the month and flying 70% of the time. I never had any problems carrying it on a flight and it is easy to put in the overhead. This is usually the guitar I play around the house and use it as a back up during band performances. When you plug this guitar into a amp, the sound is amazing. When just playing acoustic, the sound is great as long as you don't try to play too loud. With that being said, this guitar is wonderful for the size. I even let my grand kids play this guitar with no worry of them damaging it.
Music background: Professional Musican and play in a Classic Rock Band and a Blue Grass Band
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