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Old 03-11-2021, 01:16 AM
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Default NGD - Emerald X-30



Arrived this morning and played for the better part of 2 hours! Very impressive craftsmanship. Darker than the pics. It has a figured walnut burl and amber back and sides. Very enjoyable bass "Whomp" you get from a really good jumbo. Also, a surprise how responsive it it. It seems to respond better to a lighter touch. When I really dig in with a pick it seems to choke the sound somewhat like in a small body. Anyway, I am very happy on Day One and no buzzing as per a previous thread. I've had my Kevin Michael Sable for five years to compare and was intrigued with the jumbo body reviews. It does not feel like a 17" lower bout with the various contours. Pics are courtesy of the emerald USB card.


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Old 03-11-2021, 09:01 AM
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That is beautiful - congrats! How does the sound compare to your Sable?
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Old 03-11-2021, 09:11 AM
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Thanks! Bigger, bassier sound than the Sable. To be expected versus the OM size though. I think the CF tone is in the same ballpark? It certainly has a different aesthetic to the Sable!
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Old 03-11-2021, 09:26 AM
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I am glad your guitar was well set up. We have similar opinions about the X30. Of course I don't own a Sable, so my comparisons relate to my Taylor.
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Old 03-11-2021, 09:27 AM
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Lovely instrument, enjoy!
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Old 03-11-2021, 05:45 PM
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That's a beauty - enjoy.....
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Old 03-11-2021, 07:50 PM
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Congratulations, that's a beauty! Welcome to the Emerald Club!
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Old 03-15-2021, 08:17 PM
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Oh myyyy - it is so gorgeous! Many congrats and enjoy
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Old 03-16-2021, 03:30 PM
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Yes - the instruments are far darker in real life. They use a lot of light in those shipping vids and glamor shots.
Still beautiful though!
100% agree, the low end kick is like a punch in the eardrum when you first hear it, and I do agree with the "delicate" response. Sometimes it almost drowns itself out if you try too hard.

Love the burl! Like you're looking into the atmosphere of Jupiter....
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Old 03-16-2021, 04:01 PM
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What A Gorgeous Emerald X-30--Enjoy It For Decades!
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That is gorgeous. Any chance you might post a pic in normal light? Curious how these guitars really appear vs. the Emerald studio photos.
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Default How is the pinless bridge?

I a, looking at getting one and it has the pinless bridge and I am a bit hesitant about that design
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Old 03-29-2021, 08:51 PM
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Definitely much darker in lower light. When I opened the case it was not in any light and looked almost black. The amber is darker as well.
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