Kestrel

FLIGHT. FREEDOM. ELEGANCE. MEET THE KESTREL ARCHTOP

The pinnacle of elegance made possible by Emerald’s innovative one-piece carbon fiber construction. The Kestrel occupies unique territory in the archtop world, offering the rich, unique sound of a traditional electric archtop while still providing a lively acoustic response.

1. Introducing the Kestrel

An archtop with the soul of an acoustic guitar.

The Kestrel occupies unique territory in the archtop world, offering the rich, unique sound of a traditional electric archtop while providing a lively acoustic response not normally associated with such classic instruments. The pinnacle of elegance made possible by Emerald’s innovative one-piece carbon fiber construction, the Kestrel features an incredibly lightweight ergonomic design with highly sculpted bevels and angled sides for ultimate comfort and playability. Detailed craftsmanship is evident in the classic “f” holes, handmade slotted headstock, and a hand-carved carbon fiber tailpiece that floats virtually unseen above the surface.

2. Colours

Your guitar, your colour. Take your pick.

The Kestrel is available in 5 different colors as part of our standard artisan collection: black, amber, red, green, and blue. A high-quality top coat is also applied for a smooth, resilient, and vibrant gloss finish.

3. Veneers

Take your Kestrel even further with our Exotic Custom Wood Veneers.

Get the natural beauty of a wood guitar, but the strength and durability of carbon fibre. We offer a wide range of some of the finest exotic wood veneers from around the world. Through a unique molding process of fusing together the wood veneer with the carbon fire in one seamless form, you create an instrument that is truly exceptional and elegantly beautiful.

Veneer Examples

NB: All custom veneers require a consultation with one of our team before ordering.

We invite you to explore our library of available veneers and contact us with the name and reference number of your choice. We will then provide you photographs of the different ways we can position and cut your selected veneer for your chosen instrument.

3. Hardware

Available Tuner and Pickup Options for your Kestrel archtop.

The Kestrel come standard with a Custom Krivo humbucker with the volume and tone control mounted discreetly in the "f" hole, and Schertler open gear tuners.

Tuners

  • Schertler Open Gear Tuners

Pickups

  • Custom Krivo Humbucker

4. Custom

Bring your stories and dreams to life with the Emerald Custom Shop.

Here at Emerald Guitars, we always say that we’re not just building guitars, we’re building people's dreams and stories. From fanned frets, extra strings, and custom neck configurations, to exotic wood veneers and hand painted artwork, the possibilities are virtually unlimited. Whether you have your dream instrument planned out to the very last detail or are looking for some guidance and inspiration to finalize your concept, we invite you to reach out to our custom shop, share your story and your vision, and create something truly unique with us.

Custom Options

  • Hardware Upgrades
  • Custom Neck Width
  • Custom Scale Width
  • Fan Fretting
  • Extra Strings
  • Custom Slotted Headstock
  • Custom Veneers
  • and much more…

5. Ordering

Kestrel

  • Order Online
  • Built to Order (4 Month Lead-time)
  • Choice of Colour & Finish
  • Choice of Hardware
  • Custom Veneers
  • Fully Customisable
  • Ready to Ship

The Artisan range is built to order and generally has a four-month lead time. Check current stock section for ready-to-ship Artisan guitars.

Kestrel Custom Shop

  • Built to Order (4 Month Lead-time)
  • Choice of Colour & Finish
  • Choice of Hardware
  • Custom Veneers
  • Fully Customisable
  • Order Online
  • Ready to Ship

Custom Shop orders require consultation on requirements before ordering. Check current stock section for ready to ship Custom Shop guitars.

Current Stock

  • Order Online
  • Ready to Ship
  • Limited Availability
  • May have Choice of Colour & Finish
  • May have Choice of Custom Veneers
  • May have Choice of Hardware
  • Fully Customisable

These items are ready to ship upon order but are subject to limited availability. May include Artisan, Custom Shop & Select Series products.  

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