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Old 05-11-2019, 07:04 PM
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Default Crowdsourcing a new Emerald custom

No, not looking to fund a new custom via crowdsourcing, just throwing out some thoughts about a possible new build!

As many of you know, I had two Emerald custom woody's - an X20 and an X7, both with K&K pickups. Great guitars and really like them a lot. I gig with both. You might also know that I just picked up a third - an X10 custom woody in nylon with level 1 pickup and some really special custom features. Love that one as well.

What you don't know is that while I was waiting to see if EvanB was going to part with that X10, I've been in 'talks' with Emerald about a new custom build. Originally my focus was a nylon, possibly an X10 or an X7. But there were many variables that I just wasn't sure about. Evan offered to let me check out his X10 to see if I liked the features of his custom. Turns out I did like it and ended up buying it.

So now I'm set with an X10 and a nylon. But I'm still looking at maybe doing one more custom. I really need a steel string that works well with no outboard EQ that I can take anywhere like open mics and plug and play. Can't do it with either the K&K's. Originally I was thinking of doing this with an X7 but now I'm thinking do it with an X20 and assuming it turns out great, I could sell my first X20 custom to recoup some of the cost.

I've already picked out an awesome veneer that I fell in love with at the last unveiling. Other than that I'd get the rest of my usual custom features, 24.6" scale with soft V carve, but instead of the usual K&K I'd get a Baggs StagePro Anthem as I need a mic to capture body tapping and also need the barn door with EQ and notch. I could also do this with an X7 and then assuming it works as well as I hope, sell both my current X20 and X7. I love the size of the X7 but the X20 just sounds better amplified. So leaning towards the X20.

So many decisions. I know we like to live vicariously through each other's custom builds so I thought for fun I'd throw this up for public comment. We'll see what happens around post #10.

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Old 05-11-2019, 08:52 PM
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If the X7 ever needs a new home, it sure would fit in next to the Ruby Cross.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:18 PM
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My next actual custom might just have a "20" in its name... if I was crazy enough to actually get an Emerald that is.
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:17 AM
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X20 body size seems to be a sweet spot for lots of people, for tone and comfort. X10 would appeal but I'm not sure how the unplugged tone balance compares. Plugged in, X10 is probably the best Emerald.
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:28 AM
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You might ask Alistair what he thinks about the active Barbera pickup with tone and volume controls in the offset sound hole. He recommended this setup for my 7 and I am really happy with it. He has tried a number of pickups and would probably have a good idea as to what is best for the guitar of your dreams. post 5
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