X7-12 Woody Sapele

Doug was looking for a compact 12-string to use for his gigs on cruise ships. He wanted it to be compact for travel, yet still have a full sound and strong visual impact to catch the attention of his audience. After discussion we settled on some highly-figured Sapele veneer for the face which has a beautiful deep golden quilt.  For the body size we chose the X7 and modified the neck and headstock to create the 12-string.  To amplify it we went with an LR Baggs Lyric which offers great versatility and a rich natural sound. We have made a few X7 12-strings now and we find the short scale makes it very playable, while the small body keeps it punchy.

  • CLIENT Doug (Oregon, USA)
  • WE DID 12 String, Pickup, Veneer, Nut Width, Headstock

"I ordered this guitar custom built by Emerald for three reasons.  First is that I wanted a very high end guitar but one that was carbon fiber and impervious to weather changes.  I have used my Emerald in cold, hot, and very lowland high humidity and the guitar stands up to the worst of it.  Secondly, I wanted a smaller body for travel purposes.  This one is very light and much smaller than a full sized 12 string in a jumbo body.  Thirdly, I wanted a guitar that was different and Alistair sure provided that.  He worked closely with me in designing a stunningly unique instrument. The tone is equally stunning, very full and clear. I have played my Emerald 12 string for many live performances on cruise ships where the weather can be a real problem for wooden guitars.  The Emerald has received too many accolades to mention. Both the awesome appearance coupled with the tone has attracted the attention of many.  I highly recommend Emerald Guitars as a top end luthier, designer and creator of fine instruments."

Scale length: 24”/610mm
Nut width: 1 ¾”/44.5mm
Bridge Spacing: 2 3/8” /60mm
Overall length: 34”/870mm
Max body width: 13.5” /340mm
Max body depth: 3 ¾”/95mm
Max body length: 16 ½”/420mm
Weight: 3.5lbs/1.6kg
Frets: 20 medium stainless steel frets
Tuners: Gotoh Stealth tuners
Nut/Saddle: Graphtech low friction nut and saddle
Bridge: Graphtech bridge pins with Paua shell inlay
Pickup: LR Baggs Lyric
Veneer: Sapele
Colour: Natural
Finish: High gloss finish on all surfaces

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