The story begins one rainy afternoon on the island of Maui. John Decker is attending an outdoor wedding when a tropical shower threatens to drench the party, including the solo guitarist. A fledgling classical guitarist himself, John feels the player's dilemma: Should he run for cover and risk the wrath of the bride's family or play on in the rain and ruin his guitar?

That day John is inspired to create a new kind of instrument, one that would play beautifully while enduring life's summers and winters, bumps and bruises, and even the occasional downpour, from the tropics to the poles.

This instrument -- the world's first all-graphite acoustic guitar -- is the first major advance in guitar making since the Italian masters perfected the present wood instrument nearly 400 years ago.