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Old 11-06-2018, 05:55 PM
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Don't tempt me! One of these looks soooooooooooooooo good:
Step away from the computer. You are beginning to worry me.
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Oh Captain and Mr. K, so insensitive. The past was not an easy road. But it was not all bad. We had some way cool lutes and a variety of nice hats. Sometimes I think you youngsters don't full appreciate our musical heritage. Though I have to give it to you, Cf is the way to ride rough roads.
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They are gorgeous and look amazing on the wall.
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They are gorgeous and look amazing on the wall.
They are downright breathtaking. Off the charts. I just keep staring at this padauk X30 on the stand next to my chair, amazed that its' real. What a phenomenal product those guys are making.
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They are downright breathtaking. Off the charts. I just keep staring at this padauk X30 on the stand next to my chair, amazed that its' real. What a phenomenal product those guys are making.
Erm... how do they sound?
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Erm... how do they sound?
It's funny how different the blue and the padauk X30s sound -- surely because i've been playing the blue one hours a day since i got it a couple weeks ago.

Likewise, the X20 and Sable sound completely different but the comparison isn't worth much with different string ages.

Time will tell if I'm too lazy to restring them all for the comparison. They all sound great! The oomph and richness of the X30s really make my day.
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Wow...gorgeous !! The guitars, not you. LOL
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Just curious, can you describe the difference in sound? Just curious.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:03 AM
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Just curious, can you describe the difference in sound? Just curious.
Both X30s sound big and full but the blue one sounds mellow compared to the padauk, warmer and smoother. My first thought was "the veneer stiffens the soundboard and makes it brighter, janglier, more carbon-fiber like!! oh no!!" and i suppose that's possible, but I really expect they'll even out after I put a few hours in on the new one.

The X20 has the same balance of sound, just with less depth than the 30. It'll be interesting to see if that one mellows out to sound like the Sable. So far the X20 does seem louder than the Sable, but that could be an auditory illusion from more higher harmonics ringing from fresh strings.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:40 AM
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Those turned out great! Those fretboard swoops are a really nice touch.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:37 AM
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Beautiful! With those 3 beautiful new Emeralds in the house, how are you going to get anything else done for the next couple months?? Your photos are nice - the two new padauks are very striking!

Congrats on surviving the wait and the anticipation!
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Very beautacious ... everyone loves the way mine look... now a 7 and 10 to match...you now have 2 of the best guitars ever made... just sayin.
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So far the X20 does seem louder than the Sable, but that could be an auditory illusion from more higher harmonics ringing from fresh strings.
It could also be the player's perspective from that partially up-facing soundhole on the X20. When I've recorded my X20 and older style X7 (with the soundhole only oriented to the front of the guitar), the sound is a bit different but the volume and "bigness" is very very close. But the X20 sounds amazingly louder and fuller when I'm playing it and everything I've read and experienced suggests it's the soundhole orientation on the new Emeralds that makes the difference. If you can, compare how they sound with someone else playing them, or recorded into the same mic located about where the neck joins the guitar. When I just play the X7 for a while, it sounds wonderful to me, but when I play the X7 and X20 back to back, the X20 just kills it. Only from my perspective as the player, but then again I'm usually the whole audience, so I matter!

Very interesting about the difference in the sound of the veneer guitars compared to the carbon-only. I'm half thinking about getting a new X7 woody sometime next year and I like mellower sounding guitars generally So I'll be interested to hear as you play them both, maybe as the new strings age and you have a bit more apples/apples comparison over time. I love the look of the veneer models, but it's questionable whether it's worth the extra $$$ to me and if it comes with any sort of sound penalty, that would pretty much sour me on it....

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Old 11-09-2018, 01:00 PM
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Two more beautiful pieces of musical art.

As far as veneers, my impression is they may lessen projection and warm up tonal qualities. That impression is not borne out with my thin-bodied nylon string electric 7 with the Royal Ebony veneer--it projects as well or better than any thin bodied instrument I've ever played.

One thing is for sure, Alistair's veeners are incredible eye candy.
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