Does anyone have/had an Emerald X20 carbon fibre dreadnought and what's it like?

DavidRDavidR Frets: 125
Nuff said in the title really!
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 2838
    They are pretty specialized, and I can't imagine many will have them here.

    Have you tried asking the same question at the AGF?
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  • It’s not an x20… but I have recently purchased a Chimaera. And it’s awesome. If you’re close by you’re welcome to come and have a play. I’m in Dunstable, Bedfordshire
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 6729
    The lighting engineer for my band has 4 different models of Emerald X and I have played all of them. They are stunning, just effortless to play and sound so even and vibrant. 
    My fave is the one with midi built in as you can hook it up to any midi module and get a huge sound. 
    www.2020studios.co.uk 
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  • GTCGTC Frets: 145
    When I first saw this thread I assumed it was for one of those so-so carbon-fibre bodied travel guitars you see advertised.

    How wrong I was - I looked at their website and they look superbly different. Not cheap but seemingly high quality instruments.

    I'm now thinking about a lefty nylon-strung version. They even do a harp guitar. 
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  • DavidRDavidR Frets: 125
    Yes they seem to be a cut above the usual. Have hankered after a carbon fibre instrument for a year or two. The future? Or will we always love wood? Big word 'always'.
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  • TanninTannin Frets: 434
    I thought hard about buying one not so long ago; I particularly liked the idea of the X20-7, a seven-string fan-fret model that might go very nicely as a companion to my existing baritone. I've listened to lots of Emeralds on Youtube, and so far as I can tell they have a good sound. But is it a sound I'd grow to love? It's a lot of money to plonk down just on guesswork.

    There is one particular video done by a chap with an Emerald and two well-known wooden guitars, a Taylor and a Martin, doing everything he can to make a fair comparison. Let's see if I can find it .... Yep:  It runs half an hour, and is worth it.

     
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  • GTCGTC Frets: 145
    Tannin said:
    I've listened to lots of Emeralds on Youtube, and so far as I can tell they have a good sound. But is it a sound I'd grow to love? It's a lot of money to plonk down just on guesswork.
    I guess that's my problem too - the YouTube videos sound very good but spending £3k+ on something so different without trying one first is another matter.
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  • TanninTannin Frets: 434
    Why am I suddenly reminded of those nature documentaries where there is a big flock of penguins standing on an iceberg, each one waiting for one of the others to dive into the water first 'coz they don't know whether it's full of yummy fish to eat, or a Leopard Seal waiting for a tasty penguin?
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  • GTCGTC Frets: 145
    Tannin said:
    Why am I suddenly reminded of those nature documentaries where there is a big flock of penguins standing on an iceberg, each one waiting for one of the others to dive into the water first 'coz they don't know whether it's full of yummy fish to eat, or a Leopard Seal waiting for a tasty penguin?
    Many penguins have already dived in. However, with something costing so much money and being so different in construction to conventional acoustics, I'd really like to try one first hand (even if it was right-handed) before taking the plunge myself.

    Looking at Reverb, they do seem to hold quite a good value on the used market which takes the risk out of it a bit.

    Work! (In a strong scouse accent) -  phonetic penguin speak, inspired by the early Batman films :-)
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