X7-12 Woody Quilted Maple Short Scale
- CLIENT Chris (Illinois, USA)
- WE DID 12 String, Veneer, Scale Length
I have found using capos to be a great way to create instantaneous higher-pitched open chords on the acoustic guitar. However, as many guitarists will note, capos can sometimes create minor tuning challenges as a result of their pressure on strings and frets. I also like using open tunings, and having a guitar tuned up a fourth - and then modified via open tunings - creates some really nice sounding chords. I worked with Alistair to find a medium between a standard guitar scale length, and that of the Emerald Amicus, to create an instrument that is tuned up a fourth without the need for a capo. The result was a pair of custom X7s, which offered a slightly smaller scale length and body than the X20, yet slightly larger scale length and body of the Amicus.
Alistair worked with me to create a pair of nicely modified instruments that allow increased tonal possibilities and sound great in the recording studio. The smaller scale length and body size also provide wonderful tension and a highly resonant soundboard. Of course, Alistair capped off the instruments with very nice "race car" orange and purple finishes atop a pair of quilted maple tops. I really love how these two instruments came out and the consistent attention to detail provided by Emerald Guitars.
Scale length: 21"
Nut width: 1.9”/48.5mm
Bridge spacing: 62mm
Overall length: 34”/870mm
Max body width: 13.5”/340mm
Max body depth: 3 ¾”/95mm
Max body length: 16 ½”/420mm
Frets: 17 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: B-Band Stereo undersaddle pickup system (Stereo output, no onboard controls) and K&K Blender
Veneer: Quilted Maple
Finish: High gloss finish on all surfaces
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