KLOS Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar Review – A Hybrid Guitar Perfect for Traveling

Klos acoustic travel guitarA guitar perfectly made for traveling. This I think perfectly describes the KLOS Acoustic Guitar. I have spent three weeks of playing this and was completely blown away. I can say that it is sure one for keeps. For its size, it surprisingly has a nice resonance, and balanced tone into it. Sure, its design may not look like most standard guitars, but it is beautifully unique on its own. Don't worry if you drop it, this carbon fiber guitar is built tough.  Lightweight, compact, and sturdy, this hybrid guitar is a perfect companion for travelers.

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Klos carbon fiber guitar review

Play time is every time, anytime and anywhere.

The first and the only hybrid carbon fiber and wooden acoustic travel guitar ever built.

The Klos Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar features a high quality mahogany and blackwood neck, a carbon fiber foam core sandwich soundboard, a carbon fiber body, blackwood bridge, D’Addario 11 gauge steel strings and an ABS nut, saddle, and bridge pins.

No wonder it is the best companion for traveller-musicians, both beginner and expert alike.

When you are a traveler, you cherish not only the scenery of the places you go to but also the things you do while you are not site seeing. As for me, my constant companion has always been my guitar. However, guitars are usually bulky and heavy, but when I discovered the Klos Carbon Fber Acoustic guitar, travelling has never been this fun.

KLOS Carbon Fiber Guitar SpecsKlos acoustic travel guitar specs

  • Guitar Style: Mini Dreadnought
  • Body Material: Carbon Fiber Composite
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard Material: Blackwood
  • Frets: 18
  • Guitar Body Length: 15 inches
  • Guitar Body Width: 11.5 inches
  • Guitar Body Depth Rear: 3.5 inches
  • Guitar Scale Length: 24 ¾ inches

Inclusionsklos guitar inclusions

  • KLOS Branded Carbon Fiber Guitar
  • KLOS Branded Custom Fit Gig Bag
  • KLOS Branded Custom Fit Gig Bag Rain Cover
  • KLOS Branded Custom Fit Neck Sleeve
  • KLOS Branded Cotton no-slip with leather ends guitar strap
  • KLOS Branded Capo
  • KLOS Branded Neck Detach Screwdriver
  • D’Addario Phosphor Bronze strings already installed
  • Hex Wrench for Truss Rod Adjustments

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With everything you need to start playing straight out of the box and start adventuring, this guitar is surely made for anyone and everyone who wants to play the guitar anytime and everywhere.

Even the experts can say that, even though this guitar is not full scaled, it does not hinder them to fully utilize their capability with this guitar’s ability.

Meanwhile, beginners will love the fact that it is compact, easy to grasp and light weight, for them to familiarize themselves with the instrument before going on to play the bigger ones.

Carbon Fiber Body

This guitar’s body, made from composite carbon fiber has a plain carbon fiber purfling with a gloss finish for the main body while having a semi-gloss finish for the top giving it its fancy look without the burden of heavy wood.

klos guitar back

Carbon Fiber is a very durable material that it is highly in demand for manufacturing objects, even for military grade use. One can really be sure that this guitar will not only play well, but will also stay strong.

With a sound hole diameter of only 3.75 inches, one might easily be misled that this baby sounds inferior. Despite its size, this compact and relatively lighter weight compared to others, this guitar surely comes to par with others.

Detachable Neck

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One thing I really adore about this guitar is its detachable neck made from mahogany making it strong and durable—perfect for travelling without the fear of it being too fragile.

This guitar is made with a detachable electric guitar style neck join but with a traditional acoustic fingerboard style making this guitar the best of both worlds- an acoustic guitar with the portability of an electric guitar.

Excellent Playability

One of the best qualities a guitar can have is great playabilty. This guitar has a low action, and it’s really comfortable. No problems even if I play it for hours.

You know that a guitar is THE ONE when it plays right.

Pick it up once, and it sort of feels like it’s meant to be yours. You can glide on each fret with ease, and the spacing on each string is just right. You’ve been there, and you know what I mean.

Impressive Sound Profile

Most people would say that size is relative to how loud a guitar can be. This would mean that smaller guitars will tend to have lesser sound volume compared to most full-size guitars.

Well, spare this guitar away. Though it is smaller in size, it sure doesn’t sound like one. It’s even better than most full-size guitars. The  defined tone on each string will blow you away.

Then try strumming it and you’ll be surprise how this bad boy can deliver a defined sound. The tones just sort of bounces back and forth inside the guitar, which to me is outstanding.

Minimalistic Headstock

Durability— that is what the makers probably had in mind when they designed this guitar. However, aesthetics was not compromised with ABS pearl as the machine head material. The Klos Carbon Fiber guitar surely gives vibe of both sturdiness and elegance.

Klos guitar headstock

Due to a smaller headstock size, there’s not much space between each tuning peg. So I have a bit of a trouble tuning each string. Not a major issue though. It sure does keep the tuning intact, so still a win for me.

Carbon Fiber Stiffening Rods

This guitar is nothing short of strong. Although the mahogany and Blackwood neck are already strong and resilient materials, the carbon fiber stiffening rods used in the neck makes it even more durable resilient to temperature and humidity changes.

carbon fiber stiffining rods

With two carbon fiber rods inserted alongside the truss rod, parallel to the truss rod, one on each side, making sure that the neck setup is more permanent, ensuring that all the guitar action will ever hardly change despite being in various climates that often affects the materials of the guitar and also its performance.

Others

Like its machine head, the bridge pins are also made with ABS material. What makes this material great is that it is very durable but still lightweight. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene or ABS for short is a common thermoplastic polymer.

Its glass transition temperature is approximately 105 °C. ABS is amorphous and therefore has no true melting point which makes it an awesome material. Meanwhile, the bridge is made from Blackwood with a traditional acoustic styling.

KLOS Carbon Fiber Guitar

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable and resilient
  • Space saver with its detachable neck, even fits in overhead compartments
  • More options for customization
  • Though small in body size, the 24 3/4″ scale length makes it feel like a full-size guitar
  • Easy to play
  • Available model for left handed
  • Not cluttered with knobs and switches
  • Good sound pick up
  • Compact and comfortable to the hands

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Cons

  • No Pick guard
  • Tuning is required every time the neck is detached and reattached
  • Possibility of wrong attachment, damaging the guitar
  • Plain carbon fiber design
  • Smaller than standard size guitars
  • Not a cheap buy

Final Opinion

Whether a traveler or not, a beginner or a professional, in gigs with audience or just in the backyard with friends, the Klos Carbon Fiber Acoustic is a great companion. Lightweight, durable, and aesthetically pleasing—I sure will look forward to future variants and more upgrades of this beauty.

Editor’s Note: I will be travelling on some of the best islands here in the Philippines on May and June. Of course, will carry my KLOS Acoustic Travel Guitar with me to get it in action. Will update the images here soon. Comment your email address below to get updated or email me at theguitarjunky[at]gmail.com

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