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redi 09-13-2021 07:34 AM

What's Emerald teasing today?
 
Anyone know?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib1_bKm7b_c

Can you share Alistair?

:)

iluvguitars2005 09-13-2021 08:03 AM

The prior 2 videos also "hint" at a new guitar.

Captain Jim 09-13-2021 09:05 AM

Slim-body X7?

tbeltrans 09-13-2021 09:11 AM

For me, after a build up to "something big is about to happen", always seems anti-climatic when the thing actually happens. It works better for me to just put the thing out there and let me decide for myself the impact of the event.

Tony

iluvguitars2005 09-13-2021 09:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain Jim (Post 6808274)
Slim-body X7?

yes seems to hint at some type of "studio" guitar based on the 3 videos. maybe slim body x7, or 12 fret x10 (or slim x20).

mountainmaster 09-13-2021 09:46 AM

In a previous video Alistair was mentioning the HyVibe pickup. So I am guessing that's what this is.

redi 09-13-2021 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mountainmaster (Post 6808313)
Alistair was mentioning the HyVibe pickup.

That would be a nice option to have across the range. No need to isolate that to just one model.

DethWshBkr 09-13-2021 11:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tbeltrans (Post 6808279)
For me, after a build up to "something big is about to happen", always seems anti-climatic when the thing actually happens. It works better for me to just put the thing out there and let me decide for myself the impact of the event.

Tony

Nothing will ever be as disappointing as Trek bicycles in early 2019.
They said -
"A change like this comes once every 30 years
On March 19, weíre unveiling something that will change cycling forever"
and
ďCyclingís biggest change since carbon fiber and this one matters more.Ē

30 years ago was when carbon fiber worked its way into cycling and changed frames completely.


Instead of something groundbreaking, it was a new helmet. They claim it to be 40 times better protecting than a standard EPS foam helmet. Thats debatable.

So yeah - I don't let speculation of products get me too wound up anymore after that absolute joke of a marketing campaign.

AcouStickistNS 09-14-2021 05:03 PM

Virtuo
 
The ďVirtuoĒ guitar.

Guest 928 09-14-2021 05:16 PM

I've always been an Emerald fan, but I do not like receiving a bunch of emails dealing with nothing, even if they are just cute as all get out. Maybe I'm just being cranky, even though I had a good nap today and everything seems to be going well on the home front.

But I've come to see email as a two-edged sword and cleaning out the inbox has become a daily negative. I could block the Emerald emails, but then I'd miss the neat shipping videos.

David Eastwood 09-14-2021 05:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EvanB (Post 6809451)
I've always been an Emerald fan, but I do not like receiving a bunch of emails dealing with nothing, even if they are just cute as all get out. Maybe I'm just being cranky, even though I had a good nap today and everything seems to be going well on the home front.

But I've come to see email as a two-edged sword and cleaning out the inbox has become a daily negative. I could block the Emerald emails, but then I'd miss the neat shipping videos.

Iíd be much more concerned if I was being bombarded with emails from Rainsong, Journey, McPherson, Enya, Lava and beyond, as well.

Right now, Iíd say that Emerald has got their e-marketing machine into full gear, and my hatís off to them for that. They seem to be playing this aspect way better than their competition, for what itís worth.

I think, with respect, youíre being a tad cranky. Feel free to admonish me at any time you thinking Iím being the same :)

redi 09-14-2021 05:50 PM

I like Emerald's emails. They typically only send one when there's something interesting (to watch).

But it probably doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out:

https://emeraldguitars.com/builder/#/virtuo

tdq 09-14-2021 06:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EvanB (Post 6809451)
Maybe I'm just being cranky, even though I had a good nap today and everything seems to be going well on the home front.

I have no opinion other than Evan makes me LOL.

Captain Jim 09-14-2021 07:42 PM

When I get e-mails telling me that my credit card account has been frozen, a Nigerian prince wants to give me money, or that there is an issue with my Social Security account, I sigh at the waste of time.

When I get e-mails telling me anything related to guitars, I smile and look forward to checking them out. It's like free entertainment.

Evan is cranky? Yeah, maybe a little. On the bright side, the phone calls trying to sell me an extended warranty or telling me the IRS wants me to send them Walmart gift cards have all but gone away. Such is our tech oriented life. :)

It takes me a minute or so to check e-mail each day and weed out the crap. I'm guess if BlackBird sent Evan an e-mail right now, he'd be all over it, even if it wasn't to tell him they are done with his Savoy. ;)

Guest 928 09-14-2021 08:15 PM

Yes yes, you all are right. I've been inundated with uninvited emails recently and obviously feeling a bit cranky about it. But, I've miss-spoken myself and promise I'll never do it again (until the next time). And thanks for the gentle rejoinders.

Irishrep 09-14-2021 08:31 PM

Iím with Evan. Send me emails when you have something to show me. I donít need one every day or two. Iím not cranky. I do get annoyed every time I go on their site and have to accept their cookie protocols before I can see anything. I have always felt their products were good enough they didnít need to track me. I always wanted to follow them.

ac 09-15-2021 03:07 AM

The cookies statement is something all websites must do by law in the EU, I believe. It's truly annoying, but I don't believe Emerald has a choice. Most of my websites each day have a similar popup that has to be removed before you begin. Thank governments and lawyers for this "consumer protection".

As to the Emerald emails--love them. It's refreshing to receive anything on CF guitars after endless streams of truly meaningless entries pass through my inboxes daily.

If I see Emerald in the subject line--I'm happy to give it a glance through--maybe even click on a link if it interests me (especially shipping videos).

DethWshBkr 09-15-2021 08:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EvanB (Post 6809591)
Yes yes, you all are right. I've been inundated with uninvited emails recently and obviously feeling a bit cranky about it. But, I've miss-spoken myself and promise I'll never do it again (until the next time). And thanks for the gentle rejoinders.

Evan! There you are!

I've been trying to reach you about your cars extended warranty!

Glad I finally found you.

mountainmaster 09-15-2021 08:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redi (Post 6809482)

Good catch. But meh... Fishman Fluence pickups. :( I was hoping for the HyVibes.

redi 09-15-2021 08:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mountainmaster (Post 6809815)
I was hoping for the HyVibes.

I was hoping for that as well. That would have been pretty trick for a carbon fiber guitar of the future :)

David Eastwood 09-15-2021 08:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redi (Post 6809482)
I like Emerald's emails. They typically only send one when there's something interesting (to watch).

But it probably doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out:

https://emeraldguitars.com/builder/#/virtuo

Interesting. When they announced the slimline, I commented on Facebook or YouTube that it would be really cool with a humbucker by the bridge as well.

Apparently they were listening :)

esimms86 09-15-2021 08:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mountainmaster (Post 6809815)
Good catch. But meh... Fishman Fluence pickups. :( I was hoping for the HyVibes.

I’m not disappointed because Emerald has already publicly stated a commitment to HyVibe, so it’s not “instead of” but “and.”

Alistair has also forgiven Captain Jim for his Fishman Fluence sins(maybe Captain Jim was the inspiration for the new model?). Alistair has even allowed people to play Takamines at Emeraldfest.

My question is, will the Virtuo cannibalize X10 sales? And to what degree will having built in pickups affect the acoustic sound?

David Eastwood 09-15-2021 09:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mountainmaster (Post 6809815)
Good catch. But meh... Fishman Fluence pickups. :( I was hoping for the HyVibes.

Two completely different animals, no?

There's room for both, and each choice will appeal to a very different type of player.

Captain Jim 09-15-2021 09:15 AM

Yeah, I have a set of Fishman Fluence pickups on an SG, and I have to say I really like 'em. On that guitar.

In regards to pickups on the top of an acoustic affecting the sound: I think it has to have some effect. I really like my X10 with the Krivo humbucking pickup and the individual piezos, but I think that guitar is perhaps a bit quieter acoustically as a result. It still has a lovely balanced acoustic sound, though. It is designed to shine at its best when plugged in.

What Emerald is doing with slim-body and additional pickup designs will likely offend some "purists," but they are giving players some great options for plugged-in sounds.

I've said it before: it's a great time to be a carbon fiber guitar player - so many good options.

David Eastwood 09-15-2021 10:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redi (Post 6809816)
I was hoping for that as well. That would have been pretty trick for a carbon fiber guitar of the future :)

I was just poking around in the builder, and the HyVibe is now a selectable pickup system for most models. Itís not an option for the X10 Slimline though - presumably because the body is too thin for the control panel to be mounted on the side.

Alistair Hay 09-15-2021 11:01 AM

Well it seems like you guys got the scoop early. Somehow the Virtuo went live on the builder a day early and someone picked up on it just before us.
Watch my launch video tonight and you'll get some further info on the Virtuo but Im happy to fill you guys in a little early as you have all been great supporters on this platform.
The Virtuo is something I have been developing for the past 18 months and was actually the birth place of much of the innovation that has already been put out on other models such as the adjustable saddles and the slim body X10 design. in a way the Virtuo is the prequel and the X10 slim was the Sequel but we tend to do things out of order in Emerald land.
The X10 Slim is aimed at a true acoustic player where we have done everything to preserve the acoustic tone both plugged and unplugged. The Virtuo is very much aimed as an amplified acoustic guitar where its design and construction have been focused on making the best plugged in experience for both stage and studio.
The pickup configuration gives an incredible array of tonal options that Studio guys that have been road testing it have been getting really excited about and for a stage performer that jumps between acoustic and electric it is the ultimate versatile tool.
I always wanted to build an electric guitar but with the Virtuo we have achieved that while still staying pure to our acoustic roots.
I hope you will be as excited about this guitar as I am, its something really special.
Covid has changed our lives in many ways but for me it has been a creative shot in the arm. I hope you will enjoy the results.
Oh and for those disappointed its not a Hyvibe guitar perhaps you should have a look at the 3D builder as we have now made Hyvibe an option across our range.
If you have any questions please leave them here for me and I will check back later if possible.
Thanks for all the support and Inspiration
Alistair

Guest 928 09-15-2021 12:23 PM

It's pretty cool when a maker keeps an eye on forum responses and weighs in on the conversation. You don't see that very often.

tbeltrans 09-15-2021 12:29 PM

This new instrument sounds like a fine addition to the Emerald product line - something truly different. Earlier in this thread, I said that big build ups tend to make the actual announcement anti-climatic for me, and I was speaking in general terms rather than specifically about Emerald.

However, this new Virtuo does seem to be something different, possibly in similar market space as Taylor's T5z, though obviously as different as Emerald is from everything else in all their models.

Congratulations on another fine product.

I think the most tempting Emerald product to me at this time is the Kestrel, though the saddle string spacing at 2" seems a bit narrow. Maybe that is typical for archtops, though I have not measured mine. I do think, though that my guitar buying days are behind me unless I tripped over $4k somewhere unexpectedly. ;)

If Alistair is reading this, I don't know if you read the thread I started here recently regarding David Eastman's and my meeting to try each other guitars, but we both were definitely concluded that between it and my Sable, it is pretty much a wash. I am impressed. That is definitely saying something good, since to me, the Sable represents incredible attention to detail in manufacturing and is likely the "keeper" out of my whole collection. I do like the X20's somewhat wider saddle string spacing for fingerstyle.

Tony

DavidE 09-15-2021 12:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alistair Hay (Post 6809924)
Well it seems like you guys got the scoop early. Somehow the Virtuo went live on the builder a day early and someone picked up on it just before us.

Watch my launch video tonight and you'll get some further info on the Virtuo but Im happy to fill you guys in a little early as you have all been great supporters on this platform.

The Virtuo is something I have been developing for the past 18 months and was actually the birth place of much of the innovation that has already been put out on other models such as the adjustable saddles and the slim body X10 design. in a way the Virtuo is the prequel and the X10 slim was the Sequel but we tend to do things out of order in Emerald land.

The X10 Slim is aimed at a true acoustic player where we have done everything to preserve the acoustic tone both plugged and unplugged. The Virtuo is very much aimed as an amplified acoustic guitar where its design and construction have been focused on making the best plugged in experience for both stage and studio.

The pickup configuration gives an incredible array of tonal options that Studio guys that have been road testing it have been getting really excited about and for a stage performer that jumps between acoustic and electric it is the ultimate versatile tool.

I always wanted to build an electric guitar but with the Virtuo we have achieved that while still staying pure to our acoustic roots.

I hope you will be as excited about this guitar as I am, its something really special.

Covid has changed our lives in many ways but for me it has been a creative shot in the arm. I hope you will enjoy the results.

Oh and for those disappointed its not a Hyvibe guitar perhaps you should have a look at the 3D builder as we have now made Hyvibe an option across our range.

If you have any questions please leave them here for me and I will check back later if possible.

Thanks for all the support and Inspiration

Alistair



Is the neck shape different than an X20 neck?

ac 09-15-2021 01:44 PM

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