Kestrel

Flight. Freedom. Elegance

An archtop with the soul of an acoustic guitar.

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.

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.

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Blues (Mic+Pickup)

Blues (Pickup)

Blues Swing (Mic+Pickup)

Blues Swing (Pickup)

Jazzy (Mic+Pickup)

Jazzy (Pickup)

SlowChords (Pickup)

Kestrel Specifications

Scale length 25 ½” 650mm
Nut Width 1 ¾” 44.5mm
Bridge Spacing 2″ 52mm
Overall Length 41″ 1055mm
Max Body Width 16 ½” 420mm
Max Body Depth 3 ½” 90mm
Max Body Length 20″ 510mm
Weight 4.8lbs
2.1kg
Frets 22 medium stainless steel frets  
Fretboard Radius 12″ – 14″ compound radius  
Tuners (Default) Schertler open gear tuners  
Nut/Saddle Graphtech Tusq XL lubricated nut and saddle  
Bridge Graphtech adjustable floating bridge 
Pickup 
  • No Pickup
  • Ghost Piezo
  • Krivo Humbucker
  • Piezo + Krivo Humbucker
  • Piezo + Krivo Humbucker + Midi
  • Piezo + Krivo Humbucker + Midi (top controls)
 
Controls Volume and tone control mounted discretely in the F hole  
Finish High gloss finish on all surfaces (Polyester)  
Case Hiscox Custom Lite Flite hard case