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Old 03-20-2017, 06:47 PM
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Hi Ted, since you asked... yes, I had the chance to play a Blackbird Rider and a CA Cargo at Michael's place (before he closed it) a few years ago. Going from memory, the Cargo was comfortable, but felt small on the fretboard, with the 22.75" scale. I remember it sounded decent. I didn't have a strap to try the Rider, and the odd shape was slippery feeling on my knee. The neck was comfortable, but I remember liking the sound of the Cargo better... but that was a few years ago.

That said, I was having Michael install a bone saddle on the Shorty I bought from you, so I was more focused on the sound of that.

You probably know what I'm going to say about a travel size CF guitar, and that being the Emerald X7 is my favorite. I know you were an Emerald dealer years ago; Emerald changed the layup on the soundboard of the X7 at some point, making the bass response more full. Have you tried the latest X7? From my perspective, it is the best combination of sound and feel in a compact size.

Nice that there are a lot of great options out there.

Best wishes,
Jim
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:43 PM
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Yes, the short scale of the Cargo is a little different, Jim, and the Rider definitely needs the Neck Up strap to achieve it's full potential if played sitting down. Surprised Michael didn't set it up that way for you. We actually include a Neck Up with every Rider we sell.

It's been a couple of years since an X7 came through the store, not sure if it had the new soundboard or not, but if you're telling me that the current X7 can compete tonally with a Cargo, than I would love to try one.
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Old 03-22-2017, 12:57 PM
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Have you tried the latest X7? From my perspective, it is the best combination of sound and feel in a compact size.

Best wishes,
Jim
A couple of weeks ago I received a new X7 and have been very pleasantly surprised with how it plays and sounds. I also own a Blackbird Rider that I bought from Ted and was not expecting the X7 to sound as good. IMO, it not only sounds as good but is more comfortable to play.

I guess I'll have to keep both!

Mitch
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