Everlasting Music with Sustainable Instruments
Music is a universal element that is present across all cultures. It is one of the oldest forms of creative expression and is often a large part of customs and traditions. For centuries, people have been singing and using a variety of instruments, including anything from the piano, violin, flute, to guitar. These instruments are often hand crafted and made from materials that are easily accessible. In the recent years, instruments like the guitar, have not lost any of their popularity. Instead, they have gained a new, eco friendly way of production.
The guitar has been part of musical history throughout the world. There are two types of guitars, acoustic and electric. The acoustic guitar is made out of wood, and descends from the Roman ear. Many similar variations of the modern day guitar have been present in areas of Europe, India, and Central Asia. The guitar is one of the most well known instruments and has transpired over time and location.
The acoustic guitar is made from wood and has either nylon or steel strings. The body of an acoustic guitar can typically be made out of a variety of different woods. One such material is the basswood which has a soft wood texture. This type of wood makes for a light weight guitar and great acoustics. Other woods that are used to create acoustic guitars are walnut, koa, and Alder wood. Each wood gives the guitar its own distinct sound. Although all these options have been popular in the production of guitars, environmentally conscious people have turned their focus on making guitars that are sustainable and good for the planet.
Bamboo is often synonymous with being an eco friendly material. Bamboo has been used as an alternative to flooring and household building materials. Bamboo has now jumped into the music industry by being made into green acoustic guitars. Bamboo guitars are a reliable instrument because of its resilience. It is an inexpensive material to work with, and produces its own unique acoustics. Yamaha has jumped on the green bandwagon by producing a line of bamboo acoustic guitars. Bamboo has become a green option for making guitars because of its high rate of growth. It can grow extremely quick at about 100 feet tall in just 60 days. There are also over 1200 species of bamboo available, which makes it a greener alternative to other exotic woods.
Flaxwood is another material being used to create guitars. Flaxwood, which is also the name of the company, blends wood grains with polymer into molds to shape guitars. Flaxwood has come up with its Hybrid series of guitars that use their famous Flaxwood neck in combination with the European Alder body. This creates a sustainable product to play and enjoy music on.
Recycled products, which can be anything from coffee cups, CDs, pipes, and plastic bottles, have been used as part of Simon Lee’s Cyclotron guitars. These guitars are made from 100% recycled items and become part of musical creativity. The physical look of these recycled guitars are one of a kind because of the random colors used in the recycled materials.
The music industry has shown its dedication to promoting a green lifestyle through the manufacturing of guitars. Big named brands in the guitar world, including Yamaha, Gibson, and Fender, have taken positive strides in protecting the current deforestation problem. Exotic woods are often highly searched and become expensive products, but the industry wants to make the change towards using only woods that have been designated safe by the Forestry Stewardship Council. Created to protect the environment, the music industry’s continued collaboration with FSC will help ensure the protection of trees while still producing guitars. With these new advances, environmentalists and musicians can live together in harmony.
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