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Quilted Maple Vintage Amber: June 2019 Collection

Our Monthly Collection of Instruments, hand-selected by Alistair Hay. These are limited edition, on-off guitars that are available to buy online for immediate delivery.

Select Series June 2019

For this month’s Select Series, I wanted to show the versatility of the X30 and our ability to customise this very special jumbo.


The X30 is loud and has amazing bass response, but it still has great balance across the other registers which gives it great potential for a variety of configurations. For this set, I selected 6 variations that I think work exceptionally well for the X30 body: standard 6-string, fan fret 6-string, 7-string, baritone, 12-string, and a nylon string.

To make this set even more unique, we selected some of our exceptional Quilted Maple wood veneer, gave it a beautiful vintage burst, and added Gold Gotoh 510 tuners as a finishing touch. - Alistair Hay.

1. X30

X30 - Quilted Maple Vintage Amber

The X30 changes everything you thought you knew about jumbo guitars — great ergonomics, balanced tone, and high fret access. If you want a big sound, you need a big guitar. The common reaction when people strum an X30 for the first time is "WOW." The bass response is such that you feel it as much as you hear it. Couple this with the amazing ergonomics of the sculpted carbon fibre body and you have the perfect recipe for a very special jumbo. The X30 has the big sound you expect from a jumbo guitar, but the innovative ergonomic design features allow for the X30 to be the most comfortable jumbo guitar you will ever play.

This guitar features a vibrant and beautifully figured Quilted Maple Vintage Amber wood veneer with matching amber back and sides, gold Gotoh 510 tuners, and the LR-Baggs Element pickup system.

2. X30 Fan Fret

X30 Fan Fret - Quilted Maple Vintage Amber

The X30 fan fret has everything our standard X30 offers, but with the added advantage of the longer 26" to 25" scale length on the bass strings. This added tension gives low notes a truer, cleaner tone with better acoustic projection and a more stable feel for the player. In the higher registers, the angled frets match the natural angle of your fretting hand, providing an effortless playing experience along the entire length of the fingerboard.

This guitar features a vibrant and beautifully figured Quilted Maple Vintage Amber wood veneer with matching amber back and sides, gold Gotoh 510 tuners, and the LR-Baggs Element pickup system.

3. X30-7

X30-7 - Quilted Maple Vintage Amber

7-string guitars are a speciality here at Emerald with our popular X20-7, and with the bigger body of the X30, you get even more bass response. The extended range of the X30 7-string provides even intonation and tension for the extra low B string, resulting in strong acoustic projection, defined bass notes, and sweet trebles. The X30 7-string allows for more variety, movement, and creative possibilities in the bass range to compliment chord voicings and lead work. In the higher registers, the angled fan fret scale of 27" to 25.5" match the natural angle of your fretting hand, providing an effortless playing experience along the entire length of the fingerboard.

This guitar features a vibrant and beautifully figured Quilted Maple Vintage Amber wood veneer with matching amber back and sides, gold Gotoh 510 tuners, and the LR-Baggs Element pickup system.

4. X30 Baritone

X30 Baritone - Quilted Maple Vintage Amber

The X30 Baritone has everything our standard X30 offers, but with richer bass and a longer scale length. With the unique soundhole design accentuating the bass notes, we thought the X30 design would be a powerful platform for the lower baritone tunings and projecting a big, full sound to both the player and the audience. The extended scale combined with an innovative laminate structure, the X30 Baritone produces a powerful deep, rich, bottom-end sound without creating an extensive amount of tension in the treble strings.

This guitar features a vibrant and beautifully figured Quilted Maple Vintage Amber wood veneer with matching amber back and sides, gold Gotoh 510 tuners, and the LR-Baggs Element pickup system.

5. X30-12

X30-12 - Quilted Maple Vintage Amber

We thought the X30 would be a perfect platform for going beyond the standard 6 strings. Carbon fibre offers great structural strength and stability which makes it perfect for 12-string guitars. The strength of carbon allows us to make a soundboard that is both light and responsive, and its stability and resistance to temperature and humidity create a 12-string that stays in tune much better than its wooden counterparts. This X30 variation provides all the shimmering orchestral sound you expect from a 12-string guitar with the added fullness and depth from the X30 jumbo body design. This is truly an exceptional 12-string guitar.

This guitar features a vibrant and beautifully figured Quilted Maple Vintage Amber wood veneer with matching amber back and sides, gold Gotoh 510 tuners, and the LR-Baggs Element pickup system.

6. X30 Nylon

X30 Nylon - Quilted Maple Vintage Amber

With warmth, elegance, and the subtlety of nylon strings in a cutting-edge design that offers unprecedented playability, the X30 nylon is a very non-traditional nylon acoustic guitar that sits in between the classical and steel-string world. The strength and well-contoured ergonomics of the carbon fibre allows the treble strings to project with more clarity, balance, and power while still providing exceptional bass response.

This guitar features a vibrant and beautifully figured Quilted Maple Vintage Amber wood veneer with matching black amber back and sides, gold Schertler tuning keys, and the LR-Baggs Element pickup system.

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