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Question from R

Do you have any recommendations for how to find toxin-free musical instruments (particularly guitars)? I’ve done some research, but it’s difficult to find guitars without toxic finishes, etc.

Making music has been such an important part of my life, and I would love to have a guitar to play again.


Lisa’s Answer

I would look on Etsy and see if you can find someone making guitars who is willing to use a non-toxic finish.  I’m not sure if the wood used is solid or a veneer, but if it is a veneer, it is possible to find low-VOC veneers.  Another possibility is to seal a regular wood guitar with AFM Safecoat Safe Seal which is designed to seal in off-gassing chemicals.  I’m not sure if this would impact the sound but it is the lowest-cost option.

Readers, other suggestions?



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