Before I say ANYTHING about Emerald Guitars, I have to address the elephant in the room.
Emerald Guitars have a unique design developed by Alistair Hay in 1999.
It’s a “one-piece construction” concept where the guitars are molded using Emerald Guitars’ monocoque molding system.
This allows them to create the entire guitar in one complex molding process.
Originally published on February 27, 2018, this article was republished on August 16, 2022.
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My Thoughts on the Emerald X20
I am a traditionalist and I like guitars made of wood…
Now, I understand and see the uses of carbon fiber instruments.
Prior to this review, I have never played a carbon-fiber instrument that really resonates — I’m talking top and back.
The feeling when you strum a chord on a wooden guitar is indescribable. It’s as if the guitar kicks you in the belly.
Now here’s the crazy part…
I was surprised to find this feeling from a carbon-fiber instrument, particularly the Emerald Guitars X20 Woody Select Series.
I was dumbfounded at how much the guitar sang and how much projection it had. It has a very clear and focused tone and it very freely offered volume.
I recently reviewed that model and the Emerald Amicus model so make sure to check out the full review to really hear it, and if you like wood guitars I think you will be surprised at its tone.
I know that I was.
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Also, Emerald uses stainless steel frets on all of their guitars.