Johnny Gallagher Insights On The Emerald X10
A luthiers thoughts on the X10 – Alistair Hay
It’s no secret that I have a love for the electric guitar, I have been asked many times why Emerald don’t build Electrics. Well in many ways I would love to, but right now I feel we have much more still to offer in the world of acoustic instruments; so that is where our focus remains.
But what if we could combine those worlds a little bit?
Well thats what we have done with the X10. An acoustic guitar with a full rich & natural voice when played acoustically as well as amplified. The X10 has a slimmer more electric style neck and also features a fully adjustable bridge and a custom made Krivo Humbucker. Oh and we added an option for Midi just for some extra spice.
Always when you design something that fits between two worlds you run the risk of creating something that does a lot of things, but doesn’t do any of them really well. So I was very conscious that this guitar needed to stand on its own and create its own purpose to exist and that is CREATIVE EXPRESSION!
As an acoustic guitar the X10 feels and sounds great, it has a full voice. When amplified it is rich, powerful and very resistant to feedback.
As an electric guitar the Krivo pickup gives you lush beautiful tones that you can run effects through.
When you Combine the Ghost and Krivo Pick up systems that is when you get something that is greater than the sum of its parts. The ability to combine the piezo and magnetic pickups and even split them from the stereo output to an acoustic and electric amp allows you to layer up some really unique tones. Then if you feel really creative you can blend in some midi sounds to give a whole other dimension.
The possibilities truly are endless!
“As a Luthier I design guitars with an imagination of the music that they will eventually create and that is what inspires and drives me. I know with the X10 it will inspire new music and enable new creative possibilities and of this I am very proud.” – Alistair Hay
X10 Key points
- One pice carbon fibre construction for stability, tonality and accuracy
- Ergonomic body design
- Slim & fast neck
- Three pickup options, Level 1-Piezo, Level 2- Piezo and humbucker, Level 3– Piezo, Humbucker and Midi
Mark Black’s in depth review of the X10’s Abilities (Lv1, 2 & 3)
- full access cutaway
- fast neck
- amp configurations
- pick up possibilities
- full breakdown of the X10 levels 1, 2 & 3