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Old 02-23-2017, 09:23 PM
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Mine was in the same batch 😀

An X7 for me with a K&K pickup. Had the guitar for around 10 days now and not been able to put it down.

I haven't tried it plugged in but Sean said he had a "tinkle" when he was passing the set-up bench and commented on how good the K&K sounded.

You all know what the X7 looks like so I haven't posted any pics.
Congrats on the X7! Love mine. Yes, we know what an X7 looks like, but we don't know what yours looks like, with you! Photos are always appreciated.

I mentioned above that my X7 got the love this morning, while the X20 got to take a break. That little guitar sure makes me smile. Again, I am impressed with the sound and tone... I totally get the responses here that these two are a delightful pairing - I concur!

My wife and daughter are keeping us busy while we're here - we volunteered in our daughter's classroom again today, then out for supper... cuts into my guitar time.
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:56 PM
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Being a bit pugnacious, I would suggest that Peavey might have the advertising power of Taylor.

I would also argue that cheap electric guitars do not preclude interest in more expensive guitars. As proof I would point to the acoustic CF guitars that have hit the market well beyond the price of many wooden instruments, and done well.

When I was moving through more than 40 wooden nylon string guitars to find my ideal, I ran across $300 dollar guitars that competed well with U.S. guitars in the thousands of dollars range, and those high-range guitars sold. CF guitars priced well above many wooden instruments have found a market--people interested in something new, something that sounded a bit unique, something that was weather proof.

While certain electric guitars dominate the market, that means that something unique might be inspiring. I can almost taste an X7, 2" wide, 1 6/8" nut width, woody with center sound hole surrounded by a way cool rosette.

But maybe that's just me.
For the record, I saw the video with you and Alistair, and I don't think you look anything like a pug... nor argumentative. A new quest for you... and perhaps another challenge for the Emerald team?

The guitar that I have owned the longest (51 years) is a Gibson ES-335... could that be better as carbon fiber (certainly bigger and heavier than the X7 hybrid you are proposing)? Maybe. A market for it? You'd have to convince someone to accept that gamble. Then, the choices of pickup(s) and where to mount/position them. A lot of things to sort out. Then, convince the market why they need this.

You are a dreamer, my friend, and that is where innovation gets its start. Keep us posted.

Best wishes,
Jim
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:40 AM
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Captain;

My quest for a CF nylon string acoustic guitar has pretty much been satisfied by the CF instruments that have hit the market; Blackbird's Rider and Super OM, Rainsong's Parlor, and Emerald's X10 and X20 builds are diverse and sweet.

While CF has a strong presence in the acoustic guitar market, the electric guitar seems like a new frontier. I'm working on Alistair for an X7 thin-body electric. What would be really sweet is if one of Emerald's monthly guitar batches contained 4 or 5 different electric guitar types, each one unique and fetching. And then demand could dictate if any of the 4 or 5 would become a production model.

Or maybe a monthly batch of the X7 thin body with different faces, different electronics, both steel and nylon string versions. In my discussions with Alistair I am arguing that the same guitar could be used for both nylon and steel string instruments. A 1 6/8" nut width can work for both steel and nylon strings. Bridges and string ties can vary but one bridge/string tie might also work for steel and nylon. Electronics can vary on the same basic build.

With acoustic instruments the steel string guitar takes greater tension, is stronger, and so does not project well with the lighter tension of nylon strings. But electrifying the instrument can bring up the projection of nylon strings while retaining tonal lushness. That's my theory of how one guitar can work for both steel and nylon players.
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Old 02-24-2017, 06:46 PM
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Might be a hard-sell, Evan, if the Emerald crew is staying as busy as they care to be with current demand. Interesting premise, though.

I am a happy boy with my Emerald acoustics, and I do have a couple semi-hollow bodies for the rare occasion I feel the electric only urge... so you may be on this crusade solo. That said, you do have a proven track record of buying the guitars of your desires. Good luck with this quest.

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Back to the X20 again for guitar time today. Yes, it's only been a week... I still get goosebumps with the sound of this beauty.
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Old 02-24-2017, 07:30 PM
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Captain;

Thank you. Persistence is part of my pugnacious persona. I've worked with (and somewhat badgered) the big three and I have often gotten my way. Joe made 5 Super OMNs, in part because of my persistence. Ashvin, bless his heart, let me preview one of his new nylon guitars, which I massacred, and then he came out with the stunning Parlor nylon string (and I'll take some credit). I've harassed Alistair on a steady basis and he has, on occasion had to tell me no. Boy, I hate no.

The point is that we on this forum are really lucky. The big three CF makers are philosopher kings. Ashvin, Joe, and Alistair are all thinkers and they have thought themselves out of the box. They are also doers; They have thought the thought and done the thing.

I count myself extremely lucky to be part of a revolution in luthery.
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