X20-12 Ziricote 12-string

Todd had been thinking about getting a new 12-string for quite some time and after becoming enamoured by our Woody veneers, in particular the louro preto Select Series 2/17, began his consultation with the team. He decided on a beautiful ziricote veneer, with transparent black carbon back and sides and to add a finishing, unique touch to his X20-12 Woody, we put a curve on the end of the fretboard by the sound hole to mimic the curve on the bridge. Todd wanted his custom Emerald to be different and special. We were very glad to accommodate Todd and build him this beautiful guitar.

  • CLIENT Todd in Chicago
  • WE DID Veneer, Fretboard customisation

“I’m ecstatic with my X20-12 woody! Physically, the guitar is absolutely stunning and could be considered a work of art. Emerald has been able to combine all of the benefits of a modern carbon fiber instrument with an incredibly beautiful wood veneer. The build itself is flawless. I’ve looked over every inch of this guitar, and it is perfect. My guitar was done with an amazing Ziricote wood veneer from Alistair’s stash of quality veneers, but even the carbon fiber pieces are mesmerizing. Although I had several ideas for customizing my Emerald, we settled on putting a curve on the end of the fretboard by the sound hole to mimic the curve on the bridge – the work is impeccable. And the sound? I would describe it as tonally lush, rich, and deep. And although it is not a small guitar, the great ergonomics implemented make it very comfortable. Working with Sean was an absolute pleasure from start to finish, including my custom requests. Emerald understands their customers and their business and is doing everything right to ensure they producing what their customers want, and ensuring their happiness. I predict a long and prosperous future for the Emerald team. Simply put, Emerald 'gets it', and delivers results."

Scale length: 25 1/2”/650mm
Nut width: 1 15/16"/48.5mm
Bridge spacing: 2 1/2”/63mm
Overall length: 40”/1020mm
Max body width: 15 ¼”/38mm
Max body depth: 4 ¾”/120mm
Max body length: 19”/480mm
Weight: 4.4lbs/2kg
Frets: 24 medium stainless steel frets
Tuners: Gotoh 510 Tuners 18:1 ratio (cosmo black)
Nut/Saddle: Graphtech low friction nut and saddle
Bridge: Graphtech bridge pins with Paua shell inlay
Pickup: LR Baggs Element Active System - VTC
Veneer: Ziricote
Finish: High gloss finish on all surfaces

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Once your dream instrument is finalised, your order will be processed and then all that’s left to do is wait for the Emerald Custom Shop team to complete your built-to-order instrument.


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