As I've used the Peavey OX for studio work, I've noticed that I don't need to spend much time EQing my tracks. It's like someone carefully dialed out the boxiness and midrange resonance for me. The intonation is great (no more retuning my B string between A and D chords) and this guitar delivers the stability I need to take chances when I play live. It's like driving a fine sports car!
sleek, elegant performance acoustic
i've owned and gigged my Raw OX constantly since 2012 and it's just a dependable, unflinching workhorse of a performance instrument. it's an ultra sleek, Ferrari of a guitar and perfect for especially "lead acoustic" playing...it's not quite as harmonically rich acoustically as my other high-end solid wood guitars, but that's not necessarily a bad thing when playing plugged into a high-volume stage setting.
the CA Raw OX is also much warmer-sounding than any of the other CF guitars i've played from RainSong and others...the raw finish always feels warm and dry to the touch, as well, and never feels sticky or smudgy like the high-gloss CF acoustics i've played...it's just fantastic.
i've left it sitting in my 120+degree black Jeep all day, pulled it out of the case and it's never anything but in tune and neck is perfectly flat and straight as the day i bought it in 2012...
Composite Acoustics OX guitar
Plays great and sounds great, couldn't be more pleased.
Great guitar, but may have to give it time to grow on you.
Perhaps I was a bit hasty in my first review. Having played this for a couple weeks now, and using it on a Line 6 and a Fishman Loudbox mini and well as unplugged, I am growing to like it more and more. The neck has a great feel, smooth and fast. I haven't had to re-tune it once. Very stable tone. Action is a bit higher than I like, but as I said I'm a Taylor fan. I was going to return it, but after playing it for a while, I realized what a great guitar this was, especially considering I wouldn't have to take my higher end Taylors out if I was going to be playing outside someplace. I don't play in a band, or do solo gigs, but I do take my guitars to the park with the kids and like to play outside by the pool and take it on vacations. This really is going to be great for that. Don't misunderstand, I'm still spoiled by Taylor guitars and their rich tone and great action, but this is really a great guitar for gig players and playing outside. Not to mention changing climate regions. I gave it 4.5 stars because of the comparison to tone woods. If you are looking for a sturdy, stable, reliable guitar with good tone and hassle free, I would highly recommend it, and don't judge it too quickly. Play it for a while and let it grow on you. A big thank you to A.J. Becerra my Sales Tech for suggesting I play it some before returning it. He was very willing to take it back, don't get me wrong. No Hassles, he just gave me some insight into the guitar itself that really made me appreciate what I had. That's what I love about Sweetwater. No hassles, but lots of great advice based on exceptional knowledge of their products and the best service anywhere. Oh yea, and the candy. ; )
I really like do this guitar, yet I'm disappointed at the same time. I love that it stays in tune perfectly, and not having to worry about temperature and humidity fluctuations. It sounds great.
The first thing that disappointed me was that the strap button of the L.R. Baggs Stage Pro Element had some cosmetic damage on it, as if pliers had been used to tighten it. This was not a big deal, and was just cosmetic, but hey, I'm picky, and this wasn't a totally cheapo guitar. Composite Acoustics ignored my email asking if I could get a replacement. Fortunately, someone at L.R. Baggs responded immediately and mailed me a replacement strap button right away.
The headstock has obvious scuff marks at each tuner, where a peg-winding tool had been used during string installation. Again, not a big deal, but I'm not sure why it's so hard to assemble a guitar without damaging the surface.
The next issue I found was that one of the tuners was messed up. It had about 1/4 of play in it, meaning that it would take that much of a turn simply to engage the gears inside at all. This did not prevent it from obtaining or staying in a state of tune, but was annoying to deal with, especially when trying to make minor tuning adjustments. Again, Composite Acoustics ignored my emails. Sweetwater inquired on my behalf, and before long, Composite Acoustics sent me a replacement tuner. Unfortunately, the replacement tuner had a scratch in its finish. I guess the people at Composite Acoustics are rough, apathetic, or both.
I later noticed that several of the other tuners have the same issue, to one extent or another. I'm not sure if the issue didn't surface until the tuners had been used a bit more, or if I just didn't notice it for awhile, but I decided to just live with it.
The guitar sounds great and plays really nicely, especially after lowering the saddle a bit. But I'm pretty sure this will be my last Composite Acoustics guitar.
Good if climate or travel is an issue
I bought this guitar to try it out and see what I thought of the sound and hype. First off let me say I was comparing it to a comparably priced Taylor 314ce. If you live in an area where climate issues are a problem or if you play outside gigs a lot or travel. I think the OX would be a good guitar for that. Having said that, it doesn't even come close, in my opinion, to the quality of sound that a Taylor 314ce has plugged in or unplugged. For the money, unless some of the issues stated above apply, I would stick with the Tone wood acoustics, especially if you are a fingerstyle player.