X10 MIDI 9-String Arch Top

I began talking to Markus about his dream instrument almost two years before the X10 MIDI 9-string Arch Top was completed.

Markus wanted a guitar that would give him the full creative freedom to play everything he desired and to our knowledge this instrument was not yet in existence.

Markus’ brief was pretty daunting, but I soon found myself drawn to the challenge. It took extensive research to work out how to make everything work together in an elegant and ergonomic package.

There are so many firsts in this guitar that it easily makes it the most complex build of my career and certainly one of the most rewarding! I’m really looking forward to hearing Markus bring the guitar to life and I can’t thank him enough for the opportunity to build such a beautiful instrument.



    Alistair's working processin 3 steps

    Alistair takes on a number of Custom Design projects a year. If you checked out our Emerald Custom Shop and couldn't find the options you were looking for and have something very special in mind, send Alistair a query!

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    Following consultation with Alistair, all you have to do is finalise your specifications and await the completion of your Alistair Hay Custom Design instrument.


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