Brand new Emerald X30 Custom: honestly one of the most gorgeous instrument I’ve seen and played so far. The deep voice of a Jumbo in a high tech Carbon suit and very, very comfortable to play due to the various contours and arm bevel.
The Emerald X30 is big in both body and tone. It is the first jumbo guitar in a long time that I can comfortably play sitting on my right leg. Tonaly the X30 is very powerful and quite warm sounding. I would describe it as the most Martin-esque sound of any carbon fiber guitar, much like a rosewood dreadnought such as a good D-28. Even though it is technically a jumbo guitar with a 17″ lower bout, the bevels and curves make it feel roughly dreadnought sized. It has a twelfth fret body join, but there is no neck heel so even higher frets are easily reached.
This Emerald X30 is heavily customised. The slotted headstock is handcarved by Alistair Hay and takes about a day of work. She has a solid black finish with a fumed oak veneer, fused to the carbon top. The bridge is a string-through type. With the deported sound hole the access from the inside is easy even to only change 1 broken string. Also the neck shape is custom based on the Collings OM soft V. And on top of that there is the PUTW UST pickup system with MiSi rechargeable preamp. Killer system! And all of this sits in a nice and sturdy Hiscox Pro II case!
Back in 1994 Luthier Alistair Hay got the idea to build a carbon fibre guitar while working for Seebold Racing in St Louis, Missouri, USA, where he was building Formula 1 racing boats from carbon fibre. This guitar doesn’t bother about humidity, no neck reset ever needed, will withstand extreme heat (like int the car in summer), and won’t warp, twist or crack. A guitar you can go to Mars with. More on Hay and his extraordinary guitars can be found HERE.
- Limited lifetime Emerald warranty
- 21% VAT applies. VAT can be deducted for non-EU sales.
- Free shipping to BeNeLux countries and Germany. Call or mail for other shipping costs
- 14 day Return Policy applies.
- Pickup of your guitar for repair, consignment or trade can be arranged.
- All guitars come with a new set of strings and a setup to your liking.