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.
This X20 is part of the monthly Emerald Custom Shop Select Series, a collection of instruments hand-selected by Alistair Hay.
For this month’s collection Alistair chose an Amboyna Burl veneer from his stock of select veneers sourced from all over the world, and made all instruments fan-fretted.
For this X20 we have chosen a longer Fan fret scale of 25.5” to 26.5”. This scale maintains the standard 25.5” on the treble side but extends the bass side out to 26.5” creating the ability to create much lower open tunings in the D and C range, but as Tommy Loose proves in the demo video, this guitar can even sit happily in B F# B F# B D.
The X20 Select Series 5/17 B has full gloss finish on all surfaces, an LR Baggs Element Active System™ – VTC pick-up and comes with a custom Hiscox Lite Flite case.
25 1/2" to 26 1/2", 650mm to 673mm
1 ¾", 44.5mm
2 ¼", 57mm
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15 ¼", 390mm
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4 ¾", 120mm
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24 medium stainless steel frets
Satin gold Gotoh 510Z tuners 18:1 ratio with black tuning buttons
Graphtech low friction nut and saddle
Black Graphtech bridge pins
LR Baggs Element Active System™ – VTC
High gloss finish on all surfaces
Hiscox Custom Lite Flite hard case