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1994 › THE BEGINNING
1994

An idea is sparked

Alistair first gets the idea to build a carbon fibre guitar while working for Seebold Racing in St Louis, Missouri, USA, where he was building Formula 1 racing boats from carbon fibre.

1998

The first guitar

Alistair finally puts his idea to build a carbon fibre guitar into action and builds his first acoustic guitar.

1999

Emerald Guitars is set up

Alistair decides to pursue a career in guitar-making and officially sets up Emerald Guitars.

1999/2000

Research and development

Research and development: Alistair spends two years in research and development honing his craft as a luthier building many prototypes and test guitars.

2000

The Ultra Guitar

2000 - Ultra Zone  While watching Steve Vai on the Ultra Zone Tour, Alistair is inspired to make The Ultra Guitar for Steve. This actually became the first Emerald Guitar to leave the factory.

 

2001

The first Emerald range

Finally, after three years of development, a range of Emerald Guitars were launched - They were the X10, X20 (original model) and X30.

2003

First NAMM Show

2003 - mickey-joeIn January Emerald Guitars exhibit at NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, USA for the first time. That summer Irish artist Mickey Joe Harte represents Ireland performing with an Emerald X10 at the Eurovision Song Contest watched by nearly 200 million viewers around the world.

2003/2006

Expansion

Emerald Guitars expands its dealer network in the USA and increases production.

2007

Closure

The unique fretboard design used by Emerald Guitars becomes unavailable overnight meaning the company can no longer complete guitar orders and now faces a major redesign and retooling effort. The setback is too much for the small company to bear, resulting in the closure of Emerald Guitars.

2008

Bahamut

2008 - BahamutAlistair gets commissioned to build Bahamut for  world famous Chinese American pop star, Wang Leehom. Bahamut would go on to become one of the most famous guitars in the world.

 

 

 

 

2009

New Beginnings

Inspired by the experience of building Bahamut, Alistair decides to rebuild Emerald Guitars and pursue his love for guitar-making.

2010

Redevelopment

Alistair fully redevelops the Emerald range improving the quality and processes beyond recognition of what came before.

2012

The Ultra Guitar tours and the new X20

Steve Vai goes on world tour making the Ultra Guitar one of the main features of the show which would last for three years. Meanwhile Alistair introduces the X20, the very first of which goes on tour with Steve’s opening act, Beverly McClellan. The X20 goes on to be the company’s most successful model to-date.

2012/2015

Growth

Emerald Guitars continues to grow expanding its customer base around the globe and product range.

2016

Direct Sales

Emerald Guitars goes direct sales only in January.

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