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Old 05-08-2019, 10:31 AM
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Default NGD: Emerald X10 Nylon Custom Woody - post live gig update!

As promised, here is my review of the Emerald X10 Nylon Custom Woody guitar that I recently picked up from the illustrious EvanB! Anyone who has surfed the CF subforum for any amount of time knows that Evan has been a forerunner of the custom Emerald, having ordered some of the most thoughtful, interesting and beautiful customs out there. I just finished recording a 25-plus minute video review and demo which is uploading to YouTube as we speak and will magically appear at the bottom of this post. I cover quite a bit of the guitar in the video so I don't want to duplicate that in writing. But for those who don't like my often-rambling video reviews and just want the facts, I'll summarize here.

I'm pulling a lot of information from Evan's initial post by memory so please correct me where I'm wrong, Evan! This guitar is an Emerald custom, slim-body X10 nylon with a Royal Ebony woody veneer, level 1 Graphtech pickup system, exposed CF bridge, standard 25.5" neck scale, 1 7/8" nut width, 2 5/16" (?) string spacing, paddle headstock, and black (grey/silver?) CF back and sides. The guitar is beautiful, lightweight, sounds great unplugged (surprisingly) and even better plugged in. It came with a gorgeous Hiscox hard case and of course the mug.

Evan had ordered this as a thin-body guitar similar to a custom X7 that he had Emerald build for him earlier. When it arrived it was more of a slim-body in that it was much thicker than the X7 thin-body. Right away he knew it wasn't what he was looking for and would probably be letting it go at some point. I expressed an immediate interest as I was looking to add a nylon to my lineup and the slim-body design intrigued me and I loved the Royal Ebony woody veneer.

Nylon string guitars are a different beast from steel string guitars. They offer a mellower sound and the strings are fatter (the 3 high strings, at least) with much less tension which makes for more comfortable playing which is why so many new players start with nylon string acoustic guitars. There are challenges in playing a nylon when you are used to a steel string in that you really need to be cognizant of your attack pressure as it's very easy to overdrive them when amplified.

There is not much in the way of downsides to this guitar. The Graphtech saddle has sharp edges at the outer most corners which when palm-muting digs into your hand at the low E side but not so much as to cause too much of a problem. I figure that's easily rectified by breaking that edge with an emory board. Of course this is an active system so there is a battery to deal with. I honestly don't know how long the battery lasts with this level 1 system. Someone else out there who has owned an X10 for awhile might be able to chime in with that info.

I'm going to post a few photos I took of my three custom woody's below and then the video. I'll repost the actual Emerald vanity photos in a reply farther down after I get them from Evan's initial post. As for the video, I recorded it this morning shortly after rolling out of bed, still in my jam-jams complete with bed-head hair, gravelly voice and scattered thoughts. I apologize for that but I was excited to get this posted. When I played back the video I noticed that the amp was pretty loud and it overdrives the mobile phone mic's auto-leveling volume and seems to cause the guitar volume to drift when I'm playing with attack. Rest assured this is not the guitar but the phone and my early morning lack-of-dynamic control while playing. Someday I should probably invest in a nicer mic to record my reviews!

Straight off the boat, relaxing on the couch and still her her nice case:





The new gal with her 'brothers':





Anyhow, I'm thrilled to have this little beauty in my possession. Enjoy the video (or not) and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again to EvanB and kramster for putting up with me for the last several months and ultimately allowing this special guitar to make the trip across the country to her new home. I promise I'll take good care of her. I'll be using the guitar this Sunday in her first public performance (since I've owned her, at least) and I'll report back on how she did.

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Old 05-08-2019, 10:36 AM
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And of course the new mug, right.

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Old 05-08-2019, 10:45 AM
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I'm not seeing/hearing the YouTube. Is there another way to access this video?
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:55 AM
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Quite the review...Nice... I feel almost famous as I was actually mentioned at about 1:26.... YAY
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Excellent review!! Thanks so much!!
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:21 PM
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I'm not seeing/hearing the YouTube. Is there another way to access this video?
Huh - that's odd. It's working for me. Anyone else having a problem viewing the embedded video?

Here's a direct link to the video on YouTube:

Emerald X10 Custom Woody Nylon guitar demo & review
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I see the YouTube video just fine, Chrome for a browser, WIN 7 as an operating system. Also good on my aging iPad.
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I made the click, got a message, "error occurred," and advised to try later, which I'll do.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:17 PM
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I made the click, got a message, "error occurred," and advised to try later, which I'll do.
Perhaps the internet overlords are protecting you from realizing the big mistake you made letting this guitar go...?
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Perhaps the internet overlords are protecting you from realizing the big mistake you made letting this guitar go...?
That has got to be it.
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CA: Early OX and Cargo
Blackbird: Savoy
RainSong: CH-OM, CH-WS
Journey: OF660
McPherson: Touring(Honeycomb and gold), Sable
Some wood things by Epi, Harmony, Takamine, Good Time, PRS, Gypsy Music, keyboards, wind controllers.. etc
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Nice!
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Sweet Trio Methos!
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Congrats Methos! A fine guitar and blessed by the CF Overlords to boot?!

Now you can work on complete mastery of the rasgueado technique
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Just finished our Mother's Day Brunch gig where the X10 and the EAE StompMix X6 made their live debut and it was nothing short of AWESOME! I literally could not be happier with the performance of our equipment and setup today. Setup was beyond easy and fast with everything run on battery power only. Right out of the gate the tone was incredible. I'll go into details about the X6 over on that thread in the Amplification section. But the X10 I'll talk about here, of course.

What can I say about this guitar? Everything I'd hoped for from a performance standpoint totally came to pass. The guitar sounded great. The light weight, the low tension on the strings, the wide nut and bridge strings spacing, the soft tones of nylon - EVERYTHING just came together to produce an incredible performance. The slim body guitar just hangs on me perfectly and is so comfortable as is the slim neck.

During practice yesterday I found myself using the volume and tone knobs quite a bit to get varying types of tone for different songs but playing live today I didn't touch them at all. Didn't need to. The place was packed, of course, since it was Mother's Day and everyone was taking mom out for breakfast. We'd hoped to play out on the large patio but it was cloudy and cool today so they had us inside. In such close proximity to those waiting to get seated we didn't need much volume so all dynamics was done with fingers.

The ability to pull the needed dynamics from the guitar due to the low-tension of the strings was such a joy. I had to pull it back a little bit to make sure I didn't get any notes that were too loud which is easy to do when you're not used to nylon. Nylon guitar is such a different animal from a steel string. But the best thing, and the thing I'd really hoped for, was the COMFORT level. My fingers are usually starting to get fairly sore by the end of the second set and by the end of the third set I'm ready to cut them off. But today my fingertips did not get sore AT ALL.

I can't believe how close I came to not buying this guitar. I am really feeling that our setup is now just about as perfect as it can be for what we do. We got a ton of compliments on our tone and our performance and the venue was stoked to book us for many more shows this summer. Thanks again to EvanB and kramster to passing this beauty to me. It is going to take something pretty extraordinary to pry this out of my hands now!!
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