X20 Artisan

From: €1,925.00

The X20 is a guitar designed with the player in mind and not tradition. It features an ergonomic forearm bevel and a beveled cutaway to give even greater access to the fretboard.  Our unique asymmetrical back contours make the X20 sit more comfortably and securely on your knee. Tonally this guitar has a big voice, We developed a new laminate structure to give it a richer fuller sound and with the unique soundhole placement it gives great projection to the player, while still giving your audience the fullness of your performance.

*WOOD VENEER: To customize your X20 with one of our exotic wood veneers, please contact our Custom Shop. All custom veneers require a consultation with one of our team members before ordering.

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The X20 is a guitar designed with the player in mind and not tradition. It features an ergonomic forearm bevel and a beveled cutaway to give even greater access to the fretboard.  Our unique asymmetrical back contours make the X20 sit more comfortably and securely on your knee.

The neck has a very comfortable shallow C profile with a 1 3/4″ nut and the heel is reduced in profile to give better access to the higher frets.

Tonally this guitar has a big voice, We developed a new laminate structure to give it a richer fuller sound and with the unique soundhole placement it gives great projection to the player, while still giving your audience the fullness of your performance.

The X20 Artisan is built to order and generally has a five-month lead time. The Artisan is available in black, amber, red, green and blue, or as a Woody, has full gloss finish on all surfaces, Gotoh 510 tuners (18:1 ratio), an LR Baggs Element Active System™ – VTC pick-up or upgrade to an LR Baggs Anthem™ and comes with a custom Hiscox Lite Flite case.

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Additional information

Scale Length

25 1/2", 650mm

Nut Width

1 ¾", 44.5mm

Bridge Spacing

2 ¼", 57mm

Overall Length

40", 1020mm

Max Body Width

15 ¼", 390mm

Max Body Depth

4 ¾", 120mm

Max Body Length

19", 480mm


4.4lbs, 2kg


24 medium stainless steel frets

Tuners (Default)

Gotoh 510 tuners 18:1 ratio (cosmo black)


Graphtech low friction nut and saddle


Graphtech bridge pins with Paua shell inlay

Pickup (Default)

LR Baggs Element Active System™ – VTC


High gloss finish on all surfaces


Hiscox Custom Lite Flite hard case


  1. George, Pennsylvania, USA

    A self-admitted tonewood snob with a number of fine instruments, I must say I am quite impressed with the voice of this guitar, unplugged and now amplified. And as I struggle to keep humidity levels up in my guitar room to protect my collection on this frigid winter day in Pennsylvania, the merits of CF become all the more apparent. Thanks again and regards.

  2. Clive, England

    I decided to get the X20 from play away and have fetched it today – I am overjoyed with it – think I’ll take it to bed and cuddle it tonight – you are a genius!

  3. Ian, England

    I just have to drop you a line about this X20-OS guitar. I am 66 years old, I started playing guitar when I was 16 so that’s a hell of a long time! And I know that this is probably the golden age of acoustic guitars, they have never been better and some of the Asian budget instruments are truly remarkable for the money. But your creation is truly unbelievable. You have something really special here. But I suppose it’s all down to the great God of marketing to get it into the mainstream. When I received it, it had D’Addario strings and it sounded fantastic but I don’t like D’Addario (personal choice) I find them very ‘squeaky’. I restrung it with Elixir PBs. Unbelievable! I can pick, strum and really ‘dig in’ and rock, and this guitar does it! Separation, intonation, volume, sensitivity, balance from bass, mids, to treble, playability, comfort, I am running out of words and desperately trying to avoid the overused word ‘amazing’ so I am going for: Incredible, Astonishing, Staggering, Wonderful etc Congratulations! You have created something very different!Thank you. It is giving me so much pleasure, my endorphins are in overdrive!

  4. Cameron

    Hi. The guitar showed up yesterday and she’s fantastic! I’m certainly going to buy more of your instruments in future as well as recommend them to my students. I’ve owned a few instruments from Composite Acoustics and Rainsong and while they were all nice, your acoustics have something tone wise that they don’t; warmth; depth. Thank you very much

  5. Jean-Marc Orelli

    The X20 is perfect for the coldness, it is true that carbon is insensitive to the temperature, cold or heat. The X20 also carry on during a bad weather outdoor, rainy day for example. The X20 weigh so light, and this is a very big advantage, because you can carry this guitar everywhere. Now, let’s talk about sound, incredible, clearer than anything that I have heard until now, very responsive much better than wood indeed. I am very happy with it, and I use a Trace Acoustic amplifier TA100R, and believe me, when it is plugged in, the sound becomes as a dream. I will give a positive advise to anyone who want to get this guitar, without any hesitation, the best acoustic guitar that I have ever had. My best regards from France

  6. Tom Hamrick

    I received my X20 from Emerald Guitars two weeks ago. I am still puzzled exactly how to describe its sound just like I really don’t know how to describe its color. I find when I am playing something like the song “Blackbird” by the Beatles the X20 has haunting overtones and a complex sound. I compared it to my Taylor guitar and the X20 is definitely the darker of the two for quiet playing, but yet when I am strumming hard the X20 is the clear winner and cuts through quite well. It is a strong guitar all around with it’s stainless steel frets and CF construction. It also looks and feels (and can even sound) very fragile, but I know it’s not. If I had the means, I would have already ordered another X20 from Emerald Guitars. This time I would get a 12-string. I like all the color choices, so I don’t know which color I would choose for the 12-string.

  7. Bill, New York, USA

    X20 Artisan 6-string Natural Trans-Gloss – The culmination of everything Alistair knows from 15 yrs of innovation as a designer, builder and longer as player, all the love and support, cheers and advice bounces around in the Maestro’s brain and this truly organic creation is born to us, miraculously evolved far beyond all others, and adorned with important features of attraction found in the only the highest shelf boutique guitars, and then more, in solid, durable form to last a thousand years. You will love this guitar as a partner for life. Very light at 4.5#. So solid, with crisp tuned tap-tones on the body, nice full basses are warm, clear and puffy and not boomy, there is an airy clarity in all positions, and all registers have well balanced, bell like attack, tone and sustain. Loud and Pleasant Tone! Great Projection and chop, Fat single notes. The sound-hole is other-worldly, and bathes you in warmth! You never get overpowered by other players in the room. You will always hear your guitar too. This so out-features out performs the more expensive brands…, its comical really. Arch-back arch-top, tilt leg bevel, arm bevel, really comfortable all day and night, 24 very precise and accurate stainless frets, a sound-hole that’s Clearly the best Idea ever! 2 way truss, Gotoh 510 tuners and active B-band 3at system, nice. To me this is the best guitar ever, and will be for the imaginable future!

  8. Yvette, USA

    I have been collecting guitars for over 44 years and have amassed a total of 98 guitars, which includes antique guitars from such luthiers as Panormo, Stauffer, Lacote, Fabricatore, Martin and Gibson, as well as current guitar models from many name brand companies and private luthiers, including carbon fiber models from Rainsong, Composite Acoustics, Blackbird, and Emerald guitars. Of the entire collection, my two favorite guitars are the Emerald X7-OS for travel and my custom nine string X20-OS for pure playing. The custom nine string is not only a stunning beauty, with its ice-cream pink and ivory contrast body colors accented in silver, but it has the most incredible treble and bass sound projections from any carbon fiber I have ever played or ever heard. The neck feel is not at all stiff, which allows easy playability for jazz compilations, blues compilations, and classical music compilations, as well as simple strumming progressions infused with harmonics. Working from the USA with Alistair located in Ireland on the custom nine string presented no challenge whatsoever, as he tended to all my requests within a timely manner, and did not move forward on any aspect of the guitar building process without my approval. If only the many other luthiers with whom I have worked would have done the same, then, perhaps their final product would have been more satisfying. This experience was a great success all the way around, and the custom Emerald nine string guitar has wowed the many guitar builders throughout the USA whom I have allowed to play it. All luthiers who have seen this model have been in awe of its sound, and it is no surprise, but all have stated that there is no way they could have ever duplicated such an instrument in sound, durability, quality, appearance, and price. This beauty is a definite winner, and it is impervious to climatic changes, which makes it even more appealing, as I reside in one of the driest geographical areas with extreme cold and heat temperature changes. I cannot wait to move forward on my next custom order with Alistair. Thank you, Alistair! Thank you Emerald Guitars!

  9. Clayton Eads, USA

    When my beloved Emerald X20-OS arrived from Ireland, I looked at the exterior cardboard wrap and thought,”Oh No”. It arrived via USPS, and looked as though a band of Gorillas had a mating ritual on the package en route! LOL Surprise #1: Even though a gig bag was normal for the Opus Series…Alistair threw in a Hiscox case for free!!! Wow…What a great guy!!! No dings, dents or signs that those silly primates even knew what a beauty lived inside… Surprise #2: With the exception of the high E-string the guitar was in perfect tune after the journey overseas!!! Just think of the ramifications of this!!! Most guitars when shipped have to detune to protect their necks…Not true with Emerald’s 100 per cent Carbon Fiber construction! As far as tone, comfort, playability, etc… I love the piano-like sounds when played up the neck, and the deep bass of the lower strings. I tried various strings and went back to D’Addarios that it was shipped with. The ergonomics and weight make it the most comfortable acoustic guitar that I have ever played! So after four years, now what do I think of my Emerald? The honeymoon is still ongoing!!!

  10. Jonathan Larsson, Montana, USA

    It’s VERY difficult to come up with one thing I enjoy MOST. There are so many positives to this guitar, that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. If I had to choose only one thing, however, it would be the amazingly full and balanced sound this guitar produces. I received the 12-string on Thursday, but I have been waiting a bit to let you know what I think. I played out with it for the first time today, and these are my impressions about the guitar. It is LOUD acoustically! I love the way the sound hole lets me, the player, get to hear all the nuances of tone.

  11. Jules Baskin

    Having read all the above reviews and researched these guitars as much as I could on line, I decided to take the plunge and order an X-20 Woody. Normally I would always play a guitar before buying it, but as there is nowhere in the UK that stocks them, I took an educated risk. I am so glad I did. It has surpassed my expectations and I am completely thrilled with it. I own more guitars than is probably healthy but this is without doubt a superb addition, not just for it’s sound, feel and gorgeous styling, but also for the wonderful sense of freedom I get playing music outside in the heat of the day and the cool of the night, untroubled by fears of warping wood and untuned strings. There are so many beautiful and balanced tones this guitar can produce and as other reviewers have said, it has a wonderfully comfortable and well thought out, ergonomic design.

    I don’t know what kind of Carbon Alchemist Alistair is and precisely what mix of materials he uses, but it works! For those of you, like me, who have ( or in my case had) the suspicion that using anything other than the natural properties of wood to build a guitar, would result in an inferior sound, think again. Wood may be good, but all life is carbon based!

    P.S. When I unpacked my guitar, I found a lovely surprise carefully wrapped up inside the box with it. SPOILER ALERT…….(A beautiful mug made by Brian McGee Ceramics with the Emerald logo on it. Perfect for drinking my coffee while I wear out my fingers playing their guitar.) Thank you Emerald Guitars for everything!

  12. Lorin Drum

    My two main criteria for a new acoustic axe were the ability to handle a wide range of string gauges, and great fretboard access. I was not having much luck finding both of those in a tone-wood guitar. I then looked at two other CF guitars, both priced within my budget range at about US $2500, but never felt confident that they had what I wanted, either. When I found the Emerald site, saw the X20 specs and positive reviews, and saw that it shipped with medium gauge strings, I took the chance and ordered one that was in stock. It came surprisingly quickly, and in my case with no damage to the shipping carton. The really nice custom case was a good first impression. The X20 inside was still almost in tune, and I was happy to see it because the whole idea of it had seemed too good to be true. The fretboard is a joy to play on, the best surface I’ve experienced on either acoustic or electric. I never have any trouble controlling strings. It stays playable and non-slippery even when wet, and as a bonus holds much less attraction for “finger gunk” than wood does. I put some light-gauge electric strings on just for fun, and with those the X20 plays faster than my electrics. Medium-gauge strings play easier than I expected, and sound great, so I’m very glad I didn’t settle for yet another guitar that can’t handle them. To my ear the X20 tone seems very well-balanced and surprisingly organic. Compared to my dreadnought-size tone-wood guitar, volume in the soundstage is a bit louder. The sound-hole placement allows me to hear it, too–a great feature. Nyflex picks have scratched the finish on my other acoustic with no pick guard, but not this one. The contoured body makes the guitar feel comfortable in any position and stay where I put it. The neck has a good range of adjustment and the truss rod access is at the headstock, making set-up quick and easy. The fret bevels and spacing at the neck edges offer plenty of room for expression without fear of dropping a string over the edge, and all the other fit and finish details are also top-notch. I’ve got no complaints about the B-Band pickup but I think the current models are shipping with a different one, and I’ve probably already blown past the word limit for a comment. Every day I play on the X20, which is every day, I like it even more. My thanks to Alistair and the whole crew at Emerald for making this cool guitar.

  13. Scott Yandell

    I wanted a carbon fiber guitar that could withstand airline travel and the low humidity and cold conditions in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I own a Martin D18 and a Martin D28 Authentic 1941, and I was not willing to take them to Wyoming.

    There are a few manufacturers in the U.S. to choose from. I had only played a Rainsong and briefly strummed a Composite Acoustics. They are attractive in their own way, but the great preponderance of carbon fiber guitars continue to be black, and most of them mimic the design of traditional wooden guitars. There are exceptions, and some makers are adding color, wood tones, etc. I was not blown away by the sound. Many carbon fiber guitars focus on travel and therefore are smaller, have a shorter scale, come in two pieces, etc. I was looking for a full-sized guitar that could rival a dreadnaught and hold its own in a bluegrass band.

    Because I click on guitar-related topics on Facebook, I was lucky enough to have an Emerald Guitars ad pop up. I was immediately drawn to the beauty of the instrument, so I started to look into the company and the instruments. I searched on Google and read forums and blogs. The few mentions of Emerald Guitars that I found were all positive. Of course Emerald’s web site and Facebook page are very informative and include reviews.

    After surveying the market I decided to get serious about buying an Emerald Artisan X20 Woody. My initial interest was influenced by the following: 1) In my opinion there is no other carbon fiber guitar that rivals the beauty of the Emerald, particularly the Woody versions. 2) Emerald emphasizes the engineering, with one-piece construction, ergonomic shape, and sound hole placement. 3) Judging from the Facebook page and web site it appeared to me that the company was extremely responsive to customer requests and input.

    Of course the biggest hurdle is not being able to play one. With their direct marketing approach and relatively low penetration in the U.S. market, there was really no practical way to play one. There are plenty of videos and reviews available, and those convinced me that I would find the sound at least acceptable, and that the guitar would meet all of my other criteria for durability and resistance to the elements. They also have a 10-day full refund policy that provides some comfort.

    I sent an initial e-mail inquiry, which was answered almost immediately by Sean Feeny, who handles marketing and public relations for the company. He was knowledgeable and responsive throughout the process of answering my questions, advising me on the specifics of my order, following up through the manufacturing process, and advising me of the shipping method, date and tracking. When Sean was out on vacation, Alistair responded to me despite his other responsibilities. I was very impressed by the customer service start to finish. I ordered an Artisan X20 Woody in amber with a Bubinga veneer.

    I had read some blogs from a few years ago that indicated some delivery problems. I experienced no such problems. Sean notified me that the guitar was shipped on a Monday, and it arrived at my post office in northern California by that Friday! Others had commented on the way the product is packaged. It is shipped in a standard cardboard box stuffed with some random packing material to keep it from sliding around. But the case is of good quality, and of course the guitar is very durable, so the instrument and case arrived in perfect condition.

    I was excited as a kid on Christmas morning when I picked it up at the post office. I took it straight home and unpacked it. When I opened the case I just wanted to look at it. The instrument is more impressive than the photos and descriptions can convey. Photos on the web site are brightly lit to highlight the colors and details. In the normal lighting of my home the colors are a bit more subdued, but no less beautiful.

    The workmanship is perfect. The lovely geometric pattern of the carbon fiber woven cloth shimmers through the translucent amber resin. There is not a seam or an imperfection visible on the outside of the guitar. The fret board, the stainless steel frets, the bridge, the pins and the tuners all reflect the high quality of the instrument. The Bubinga veneer is fantastically innovative yet adds a traditional element, harking back to the original materials used in guitar construction. Within two minutes my wife asked if she could have one!

    What about the sound? The sound does not disappoint. Part of the attraction of a traditional guitar is the quirky inconsistency of tone woods. Two identically manufactured guitars can sound noticeably different. Different guitars and tone woods are known for different results. My D18 with mahogany back and sides has very clear highs, and a respectable midrange, but the low end is a bit dull and muted. On the other hand, my D28 with rosewood back and sides has an incredible low end, a very strong midrange, but a thinner high end.

    The X20 is balanced across the board. The highs are clear and the mid range is warm, equal to or better than my D18. The low end is much better than my D18, but maybe not quite as notable as my D28. Having said this, the lower register is very pleasing and presents an extremely consistent sound from top to bottom. I don’t have to think about moving melody lines down an octave as I sometimes do with my D28.

    I have waited a few weeks to write this review so that I could give the guitar a workout. I have practiced alone, practiced with my bluegrass band and played two gigs. My guitarist friends have played it. The response has been uniformly positive. No one has seen anything as unique or beautiful. They are surprised by the great sound. They are enamored with the engineering, comfort and playability. The L. R. Baggs pickup is a real bonus as well. I have not wanted to modify my other guitars to accommodate a pickup so I played through a microphone. The pickup allows me to move more freely, provides consistent volume and reproduces the acoustic sound of the guitar.

    Here is the bottom line. I haven’t played my other guitars since receiving my X20 several weeks ago!

  14. Brendan Hoolan

    I’ve always been a bit paranoid about humidity, heat/cold etc and always check my humidifiers. So the idea of carbon fiber really appealed to me. It seemed like a strong guitar that could withstand almost any condition. I wanted something for the campfire, travel and also to safely keep outside of the case so I can pick it up whenever I had a few minutes.
    I blindly ordered an X20 artisan based solely on reviews and cosmetics. It looked awesome but I really didn’t expect it to sound great. It arrived ahead of schedule and is amazingly clear and loud. Set up just right and even in tune! It has a deeper end that I would probably compare closer to a Martin than a Taylor.
    Seems with a depletion of tone woods and the ruggedness of carbon fiber, this might be the future of guitars.
    Working with Emerald is fantastic. Everything was so smooth. I’m glad I took a chance on carbon fiber and Emerald in particular.

  15. Robert LeBlanc

    I’ve been using my new X20 Artisan for a couple of weeks now. What a tremendous instrument. There is literally nothing negative to say about the instrument itself or the ordering process. The team at Emerald Guitars is second to none as far as I’m concerned. After a 3 month lead time they got the guitar to me within a week in perfect condition. Nothing to worry about as far as their shipping methods. The instrument was well packed and arrived inside a literally crush-proof Hiscox instrument case.
    When I opened the case I was struck by the beauty of the green quilted maple. I picked it up and was surprised to find that it was in tune! So I began to play it and found the action a bit high for my playing style so I removed the saddle and worked on that for a few minutes. Put it back in and tuned up again. It sounded and played wonderfully.
    The body was a little larger than expected, but after playing an X5 for a few weeks prior I found it to be a nice contrast. The X5 sounds remarkably warm for it’s size and I love it, but the X20 sounds powerful. The sound hole design is brilliant and delivers a beautiful tone straight up to the listener. I’ve never experienced that acoustically with any other instrument.
    Emerald instruments have been a welcomed new source of inspiration in my life. I think many of us find ourselves in musical ruts from time to time. Let me just say I found the perfect acoustic instruments at just the right time. I can’t put these guitars down. I have been writing nonstop since these guitars arrived.
    If anyone is on the fence about purchasing one I would say jump now. There is nothing to be worried about. You will love this guitar. I own the X5, Amicus and X20 and they all exude excellence in quality. Emerald will take care of you and if for some crazy reason you decide the instrument is not for you they will take it back.

  16. Steve Grillo

    My Emerald arrived safely and sounds great! It was fun to track its progress. The box came without a mark on it! I was very pleased with the postal handling. The more I play it the more I enjoy its sound. I am still getting used to the heavier strings. My friend, who is a seasoned guitarist, checked it out and loved it. The Emerald’s quality, weight and how it stays in tune is remarkable. I am trying to find the sweet spot with my Mesa Boogie amp. You (Sean) were exceptional to work with and I appreciated your prompt replies. Emerald is lucky to have you on their team!

    Best regards,
    Steve Grillo
    Northern Minnesota

  17. Brandon

    I’ve had my Emerald Artisan for about three months now and all I can say is WOW! I figured it would sound fine but was more interested in being able to take it anywhere without destroying it. I wasn’t prepared for how amazing this thing actually sounds in person. The sound hole projects wonderfully to the player and all my fear of sounding tinny and trebly were erased at the first strum. The bass is incredible and so much fuller than the other carbon fiber guitars I’ve played and fits in great with my Taylors. It might not be wood or sound just like wood but it doesn’t need to as it has an amazing voice all it’s own. Couldn’t be happier with my purchase and so glad I took a chance with a guitar I hadn’t played before I bought. These comments were written after playing my guitar for a couple of hours but I didn’t want to post them until I had some serious time with my guitar and I can say that I enjoy playing the guitar more today than I did when I first got it. This is an amazing instrument.

  18. Chan KS (verified owner)

    Just received my Emerald X20 Artisan (black) today. Initial impressions: It is a really beautiful and wonderful instrument with a sweet gorgeous sound. Amazingly well-balanced with deep lows, midrange, shimmering trebles and exceptional sparkling clarity that wood instruments are hard pressed to achieve consistently. I have played many high end wood instruments that could not even approach the acoustic note clarity, timbre and projection of the Artisan. Truly the best guitar I’ve played so far.

  19. Jeffrey Goh

    Just received my Emerald X20 Artisan (Blue). I have to say the packaging was good and I was surprised with a gift, a handmade mug from Donegal, Ireland. It was shipped all the way to where I am in Singapore. The guitar played well, especially in the lows and mid range. The guitar was very well made and the quality is excellent and I love the finishing. The moment I unboxed it, I got stuck into it for hours. I won’t be surprised if I end up with another one. Don’t think, just go and get one if you are reading this review.

  20. Ted

    Love my Artisan nylon…love it so much gonna buy me the steel string version…the only thing I didn’t like was that the waiting time..but know why it takes a little while..cause of the workmanship they put in is out of this world..I own two other carbon guitars from another company…Emerald blew them both away!..also have a couple of Taylors ..but so worried about them getting damaged due to this Las Vegas climate..so they live in their cases most of the time…also the case that it comes with is very, very good and solid, but light in weight …which is great…most of my friends are wood guys..but when they play on my Emerald guitar they love it…I also do tours in Alaska so now don’t have to be so paranoid about my guitar and the weather….

  21. iJoel Holte

    Just received my Emerald X-20 artisian in blue and it came to northern Minnesota with no problems at all.Man does this 64 year old love this guitar.
    If I come up with the funds in the future I would love to get another custom artisian in a 12 string.I have had every top of the line acoustic guitars in
    my life and I am very well pleased with this beauty.I think I have finally found the right guitar for what I do.It is a beauty all the way around.Joel

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