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al_az 11-14-2019 10:03 PM

Emerald x20-12. NGD
 
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Well, for the past while I have been gassing for a 12 string. I figure everybody needs one. I live in Tucson Az and caring for my good acoustics is a constant chore. A couple of years ago I bought a Rainsong 6 string and it has been a delight to own. Sounds great (and I love the N2 neck). I can ignore it when not using it, throw it in the trunk, take it Mexico, check it on airlines and not worry. So I thought I would investigate CF 12 strings. Emerald guitars caught my attention and I have been visiting their website intermittently for a couple of months. Last week Alister released his November Select series and I happened on the site the same day. I fell in love with the x20-12, it was available for immediate delivery! I bought it the same day and it arrived today!
Absolutely stunning guitar, perfect setup. I am still 'acclimatizing' myself to the 12 strings as this is my first. The sound port really provides the player with a full balanced sound. I have yet to record it. Will have to experiment with mic placement I am sure.

Captain Jim 11-14-2019 10:12 PM

Congrats! That is a beautiful guitar. :up: The design and soundhole position on the X20 gives a great player experience. As you get more time with it, it will be great to hear your impressions.

The only downside I can think of with my Emeralds is they have spoiled other guitars for me. ;)

Enjoy!

bsman 11-14-2019 11:27 PM

That's great! I think CF is a great idea for a 12-string. I have a Takamine wood (lam b&s) 12-string, and it's been solid as a rock, but it also weighs as much as a big rock. I'd imagine the X20 gets it done with less weight.

SpruceTop 11-15-2019 03:31 AM

That's Beauty, Al, ENJOY!

kramster 11-15-2019 05:14 AM

Beautiful!! Arizona scores again!

RP 11-15-2019 05:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Captain Jim (Post 6211920)
Congrats! That is a beautiful guitar. :up: The design and soundhole position on the X20 gives a great player experience. As you get more time with it, it will be great to hear your impressions.

The only downside I can think of with my Emeralds is they have spoiled other guitars for me. ;)

Enjoy!

Couldnít agree more. Many congrats....

raysachs 11-15-2019 05:45 AM

Congratulations, thatís a beauty! Iíve never wanted to own a 12 string, but Iíve always wanted to have a next door neighbor who did. I grew up in Tucson, so if Iíd stayed, maybe weíd have been neighbors and I could have played that fine guitar from time to time. But Iíve been gone for many years, so I guess youíll have to find another neighbor to help you keep that thing busy...

Enjoy!

-Ray

eatswodo 11-15-2019 08:59 AM

That is lovely. The kosipo veneer is especially well suited to this guitar, I think - the figuring on the lower bout, in particular, is beautiful.

GuitarLuva 11-15-2019 09:29 AM

Congratulations on the new guitar. Your wording is now making me GAS for a 12 string!

steelvibe 11-15-2019 12:00 PM

Spectacular! Have fun with the new 12 slinger!

al_az 11-15-2019 07:23 PM

So, new 12 string, first 12 string. Still getting my bearings with it. Today I plugged it into my Mesa Rosette. The x20-12 had just the LR Baggs Element, my acoustics all have the LR Baggs Anthem. I plugged in, it initially sounded a bit too bright . I dialed down the tone on the guitar and the treble on the amp and must say it sounded fantastic!!! Now if I get time this weekend I have to experiment with recording this beast. Just my km 184's? just line out from the Rosette? mic plus line out? Too many options, so little time for us working dudes. I can hardly wait for retirement!

al_az 11-15-2019 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by eatswodo (Post 6212216)
That is lovely. The kosipo veneer is especially well suited to this guitar, I think - the figuring on the lower bout, in particular, is beautiful.

The lower bout figuring is a bit extreme, I can see how it may not appeal to all. Kind of looks like icecream cones

eatswodo 11-15-2019 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by al_az (Post 6212703)
The lower bout figuring is a bit extreme, I can see how it may not appeal to all. Kind of looks like icecream cones

Oh, please donít misunderstand me. I think itís gorgeous. Icecream cones, indeed :)

Earl49 11-15-2019 07:49 PM

Did someone say ice cream?? YUM. Make mine butter pecan.....
I can see tornadoes, if you hold it vertically. Maybe you need a new stage name: Al the "Tornado" from AZ. :D Congrats on that beauty.

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Originally Posted by Captain Jim (Post 6211920)
....The only downside I can think of with my Emeralds is they have spoiled other guitars for me. ;)

Roger that! My poor Rainsong WS-1000 and Blackbird Lucky 13 are feeling neglected.

AZLiberty 11-15-2019 08:25 PM

Emerald ships their 12-string necks with 80/20 strings. (which is why it's a bit brighter than you would expect). I haven't gotten around to changing the strings on my Chimaera yet, but when I do, I'll install Phosphor Bronze.

Song 11-16-2019 06:06 AM

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Originally Posted by al_az (Post 6211916)
gassing for a 12 string. I figure everybody needs one.

EVERYBODY needs at least one! :D

Congratulations on your lovely new 12 string!

al_az 11-16-2019 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by AZLiberty (Post 6212753)
Emerald ships their 12-string necks with 80/20 strings. (which is why it's a bit brighter than you would expect). I haven't gotten around to changing the strings on my Chimaera yet, but when I do, I'll install Phosphor Bronze.

I did not know that. thanks I have never been a fan of 80/20 strings. I have a PB set ready to go. Yet another thing to do today!!

RP 11-16-2019 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Song (Post 6212878)
EVERYBODY needs at least one! :D

Not sure if anybody needs one, but it sure is fun to have one...


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