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Chimaera Opus

2,150.00

Double neck acoustic guitars are a rare commodity and so big was the demand for our Chimaera when we first started building it that we added it to the standard range in 2014. It is made using our unique one-piece moulding technology, making it incredibly strong and stable with absolutely no joints to fail. This strength allows the instrument to be lighter in construction with a top that is delicate and responsive, yet stiff enough to resist the pull of all 18 strings.

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Product Description

Double neck acoustic guitars are a rare commodity and so big was the demand for our Chimaera when we first started building it that we added it to the standard range in 2014.

It is made using our unique one-piece moulding technology, making it incredibly strong and stable with absolutely no joints to fail. This strength allows the instrument to be lighter in construction with a top that is delicate and responsive, yet stiff enough to resist the pull of all 18 strings.

Carbon has also allowed us to create a much more ergonomic design with a slim-contoured body that fits comfortably whether playing the Chimaera on your knee or with a strap. And with the staggered neck design it puts each neck in exactly the right place as you transition between them.

The Chimaera Opus is generally in stock or available on a short lead-time (e-mail us on sales@emeraldguitars.com for enquiries). The Opus is available in black only and does not include a pick-up. A LR Baggs iMix pickup system is available as an upgrade.

It features Gotoh 381 tuners (16:1 ratio) and has a full gloss finish on the top and a satin ‘Crystal Ice’ finish on the back and sides of the instrument.

Additional Information

Scale Length 12 String

25 1/2″, 650mm

Scale Length 6 String

25 1/2″, 650mm

Nut Width 12 String

1 15/16″, 48.5mm

Nut Width 6 String

1 3/4″, 44.5mm

Bridge Spacing 12 String

2 1/2″, 63mm

Bridge Spacing 6 String

2 1/4″, 57mm

Overall Length

41″, 1050mm

Max Body Width

17″, 430mm

Max Body Depth

4″, 100mm

Max Body Length

19″, 485mm

Weight

6.3lbs, 3kg

Frets

20 medium stainless steel frets (both necks)

Tuners (Default)

Gotoh 381 tuners 16:1 ratio (cosmo black)

Nut/Saddle

Graphtech low friction nut and saddle

Bridge

Graphtech bridge pins with Paua shell inlay

Pickup (Default)

No pickup included (available as optional extra)

Finish

High gloss finish on soundboard and Crystal Ice finish on back and sides

Case

Custom-padded Emerald gig bag

Reviews

  1. :

    After five days that I play the Chimaera everyday, and now I can tell you that the guitar is an instrument absolutely exceptional, the satin finish of the necks is just what I wanted, the sound is very powerful and brilliant, the black marble finish is fabulous, several friends of mine (real musicians) have played it and are stunned, they asked me a lot of information about you! Thanks again Alistair, now I have a guitar which is the state of the art.

  2. :

    The bottom line to the Chimaera is that it will “surprise” you. You expect a doubleneck acoustic to be a real handful: but its thin, light, well designed body make it the most comfortable guitar I own. Its totally made of stable strong carbon fiber and yet it has the most pleasing balanced “woody” tone. Be ready to make friends, everyone will gather around and ask where you got it. Its just a showstopper, pictures cannot do it justice. I have 10 guitars I have collected over my lifetime, the Chimaera is all I really play now.

  3. :

    My custom Emerald doubleneck is an amazing piece of craftsmanship,great action and easy to play .Both bass and guitar acoustically have lovely tones and with the dual ust and magnetic pickups on both necks give me a lot of choice when playing through my rig. It looks stunning and gets a lot of attention and interest.

  4. :

    I’m a happy owner of an Emerald Chimaera 6/12 configuration doubleneck guitar, vintage amber top with gloss black back and sides, and equipped with lightweight Gotoh Stealth tuners and L.R. Baggs Lyric electronics. Appearance: The guitar is stunning, fit and finish is impeccable. Emerald’s unique process to show off the carbon fiber weave with a range of vibrant colors gives the look an almost 3D effect. It’s cool how the color goes from darker to bright depending on how light hits it. Comfort: The guitar is a marvel in so far as doublenecks go, with its light weight and great balance even rivalling most quality single-neck wood guitars. This is a testament to the properties of carbon fiber in the hands of the right builder, and although Emerald continues to fine-tune the Chimaera, they have nailed the doubleneck challenge. Equipped with the lightweight Gotoh Stealth tuners, the balance is ideal. The narrow depth of the body combined with a width only slightly greater than that of a grand auditorium renders the Chimaera surprisingly comfortable…believe it or not, even as a comfy couch guitar. Sound/tone: Acoustically, the Chimaera offers sweet, clear, balanced tone across both necks. It is not a cannon, but projects well and the offset soundholes make it totally fine for the player. Function: I’ve long wanted a 12 string guitar but never got around to buying one because I had always considered a 12er as a niche guitar useful for only certain songs. So, I couldn’t justify the cost of a quality wood 12, and the cheaper ones have issues, including excessive weight and neck heaviness. Upon first learning of the Chimaera, I immediately ‘got’ what Emerald had achieved, realizing that I could easily adapt my songs to being able to play both necks in any given song. This aspect of the guitar is way cool. Playing the 12 neck during the chorus of a song adds a nice texture that no other guitar can offer. Value: At its price point, the Chimaera is a great value among quality guitars regardless of build material and name on the headstock. In fact, it’s like getting two guitars for the price of one. Customer care: Alistair Hay of Emerald Guitars is second-to-none in his commitment to innovation and player satisfaction. Great person, great company.

  5. :

    This is a thin body acoustic electric to double your dreams come true! Ultra-light at about 6.5 pounds, and nicely balanced thanks to the genius of the hollow neck design and light-weight open-gear Sperzle sure-lock tuners. One is Immediately astounded by the expansive area of the top, and because the baritone is the lower of the 2 bridges on the body, you can tell right away that this geometry increases the sound production area for those deeper, fuller, meaty tones of the baritone comes wafting up at you, from the larger lop one of 2 teardrop sound-holes, yes! You begin to wonder if this guitar is actually alive as you explore and mix all the harmonics, blending and ringing together, with sustain like a huge tuning fork. This is the ultimate double necker, as the tonal palate is the true choice of the player, at you whim, like a door to the endless flow of dark matter, you shape into whatever your taste desires. No matter where the jam is headed you’re right there in style.This is not just a guitar any longer… its a serious teacher, transposition and writing tool, healer and a time machine. B- band stereo output and its off you go with perfect output and string balance. This is a very quiet, accurate p/u with huge headroom and resists feedback like a champ. What else could you ask for, really?

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