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Old 01-11-2019, 01:08 PM
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I had an X7 (regret selling it). I have a CA-Cargo now. I've been studying Tommy Emmanuel's setup pretty closely as I try to reboot my fingerstyle skills (post Chet Atkins, Tommy is arguably the world's leading Travis picker alive). One thing I noted about his guitar (a Maton 808) is that it has six individual piezos under the bridge (one per string) and a microphone (inside) that he sometimes repositions. He plays with a feedback buster to prevent any external noise from getting inside. Anyway, not that you want to muck with the factory electronics, but you could always try sticking a microphone inside.. maybe a decent omnidirectional lavalier to see how that changes things. And then, if you like, figuring out what to do next. If you watch all of his YouTube videos (warning: this could take years), he routinely drops a glowing remark about how Maton has the most unique sound system of any guitar and how much he loves it. There must be some sort of mixer in there since you have several different audio sources.
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I like the visible carbon fiber weave on the bridge - was leaving it that way rather than painted black a cost-increasing option? I also notice that the little "point" is centered...so maybe the whole thing was a custom bridge?
Custom bridge to center the point on the veneer. It was mentioned in the Emerald shipping video.
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I like the visible carbon fiber weave on the bridge - was leaving it that way rather than painted black a cost-increasing option? I also notice that the little "point" is centered...so maybe the whole thing was a custom bridge?
The short answer is that the whole thing is a custom bridge and therefore an upcharge. Exposed carbon fiber bridges I believe are always an upcharge even without the heavy customization that mine has.

Here's the long version:

When Alistair and I were emailing back and forth there were a couple of things I was picturing in my mind with regard to the bridge and that particular ziricote veneer. First, I expressed a minor general dislike of the off-centered bridge point with the book-matched veneers and wondered if we could do something about that. He said yes.

He came right back with photos of a couple paper cutouts on the veneer, one with no point (like a stock Martin-esque belly bridge) and another with the point centered. We both liked the point centered. It was a head-fake toward the classic Emerald bridge lines and then also the pointy-ness seemed more inline with the pointy lines of the sapwood design.

The next thing I expressed was a desire to have the bridge not be that big hunk of black in the middle of that light colored sapwood. So I suggested either color matching the bridge to the sapwood or have the exposed weave but matched with the Amber back and sides. I figured that would give it enough contrast while making it match with the sapwood. Alistair again agreed this could be done and would look great.

The last thing was the request to make it a pinless bridge. Since it was going to be a custom bridge anyway why not add that which he did at no extra cost as the cost of the bridge customization was already significant. Unfortunately there was a loss of the little detail of the exposed carbon fiber to be color matched to the amber back and sides and it was left raw. I'll admit, this bummed me out significantly when it arrived.

I'd had a vision in my mind for quite some time of what the final product would look like and this was a pretty glaring difference. I considered sending it back to have it done (Alistair said it could be done) but after posting photos of it here the vast majority of people loved it as is and it grew on me enough to keep it although I think I still would have preferred it amber. Especially when I see some of those nylon customs with the amber exposed carbon fiber bridge. But I really didn't want to have to deal with the wait.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:05 PM
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Methos;

It's sort of like the wart on your lover's butt--endearing, a unique feature in the landscape. Even better, no one can ever steel your guitar without your wart showing. Good on you.
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Methos;

It's sort of like the wart on your lover's butt--endearing, a unique feature in the landscape. Even better, no one can ever steel your guitar without your wart showing. Good on you.
And just how do you know my lover has a wart on her butt?!? One of us is in really big trouble!
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Kramster told me. He said it was sort of heart-shaped. But he didn't have any pictures.
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Kramster told me. But he didn't have any pictures.
Well, now we know what's coming next....
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Wait for it..........................
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My nephew is probably taking a nap--he's been doing those recently. But I suspect he'll wake up and get here. I'm waiting for it.................
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My nephew is probably taking a nap--he's been doing those recently. But I suspect he'll wake up and get here. I'm waiting for it.................
Your nephew is dead. Run over. By the bus you threw him under!!!
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"EvanB Kramster told me. He said it was sort of heart-shaped. But he didn't have any pictures."

Wait wha??!!?? Pictures were blurry ...


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Your nephew is dead. Run over. By the bus you threw him under!!!

I take a nap and all this happens...sigh..
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Tis truly an ax suitable for Methos, the oldest highlander.
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Tis truly an ax suitable for Methos, the oldest highlander.

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Found this from the show. (I’m actually older...I have the vcr tapes. .
Sort of looks like the design on your guitar body.
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Tis truly an ax suitable for Methos, the oldest highlander.
Shhh... I go by Adam Pierson these days.
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