Hardware Review: McPherson Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitars


Carbon fiber acoustic/electric guitars aren’t for everyone, but many artists like Brantley Gilbert tour with them for their reliability in all climates. McPherson Guitars of Sparta, Wisconsin has a solid reputation as a small manufacturer of high-end exotic wood guitars. In 2014, McPherson launched its first carbon fiber acoustic with the popular Kevin Michael series of travel guitars, later renamed a Touring guitar. The full-size Sable carbon fiber acoustic/electric was released in 2016 and has also been embraced by the guitar public. Eventually the line was rebranded as part of McPherson and it remained there along with their much more expensive wooden instruments.

For 2022 McPherson Guitars have decided to upgrade their carbon fibers again and offer some a new top option.

Key features of the McPherson Carbon Fiber redesign for Touring and Sable models include:

McPherson logo inlay on the headstock, mother of pearl wave inlay at the 12th fret and a new Camo top option, blackout fingerboard (without dots) and EVO frets.

The construction and construction of these instruments is stellar as they have a full carbon fiber back, sides, top and neck. The neck is cantilevered, which separates it from the upper body and gives you a bit more play in the string action. The offset rosette also makes it easier to hear what you’re playing.

The unplugged sound quality is smooth and full on both guitars. The electronics are provided by the LR Baggs Element Pickup System offering a wide selection of tonal options with volume and tone controls inside the soundhole for easy adjustments.

The material on the McPherson carbon fibers is provided by Gotoh 510 guitar tuners available in black or gold finish. The nut and saddle are made of composite for more stability. Additionally, the new EVO frets have been bent for precise fret leveling.


McPherson makes some amazing guitars and these new carbon fiber guitars can handle any temperature and any climate and still play great. Plus, they look and sound great. They can handle your songwriting and touring needs.


Both are still a bit pricey for some gamers with the Touring at $2,899 MSRP and the Sable at $3,499 MSRP.


If you’re looking for a carbon fiber, McPherson has two well-designed models worth considering. The company is continually evolving and refining this line to make it the best. Plugged and unplugged playability and sound quality are superior. New upgrades for 2022 make both instruments sleek and stylish and they come with a custom Reunion Blues gig bag.

See McPherson guitars HERE.


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