“This one really, really blew me away” – Tony Polecastro
Tony Polecastro, a highly-regarded guitar reviewer, well-known YouTuber, and self-professed ‘guitar geek’ recently published his review of our X20 Woody with a Cocobolo veneer from the Emerald Custom Shop Select Series, a monthly collection of limited edition guitars chosen by Alistair Hay.
The X20 is our flagship model and we are honoured that Tony gave us such an honest account of what he was expecting and what he experienced while playing our X20 guitar.
Tony has reviewed over 500 acoustic guitars for his YouTube channel AcousticLife.tv playing the same songs, recorded the same way so you can compare the sound of any guitar he has ever featured.
In his review, Tony said the X20 was a stellar instrument and exceeded all of his expectations.
“When I think of carbon fibre guitars, I think of a certain sonic spectrum that I’m going to get. This one really, really blew me away.”
“In a hundred percent honesty, I expected it to be very brittle and not very resonant. I was pleasantly surprised after playing this guitar.”
– Tony Polecastro
If you are interested in your very own custom Emerald guitar with a rich, warm Cocobolo veneer, we would love hear from you. We currently have a really nice inventory of Cocobolo that fits almost all of our models.
A selection of custom Cocobolo guitars
Alistair Hay unveils the beautiful Cocobolo Select Series for January 2019
The Emerald X20 Options
The X20 is our most popular guitar, and for good reason: great playability, a big voice, and stunning design. The X20 features sculpted asymmetrical bevels and a carefully contoured back and sides for ultimate comfort and accessibility. The X20’s unique soundhole gives powerful full-spectrum projection to the player as well as to the audience for a pristine sound experience. We’ve used everything that carbon fibre allows us to do to create a guitar that looks and feels as unique as it is.
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, and 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.
You can also check out our current inventory of finished X20 guitars ready for immediate shipment.
We can always build you an X20 Custom Shop model. From fanned frets, extra strings, and custom neck configurations, to exotic wood veneers and hand painted artwork, the possibilities are virtually unlimited. We would love to work with you on your dream guitar. Get in touch with us for a direct consultation.