Emerald Guitars is based in Ireland and specialises in building carbon fiber acoustic guitars and basses. With the company’s complicated moulding procedure, every guitar is formed in it’s entirety in one process!
The great news for southpaw players is that the company has recently invested in moulds for left handed Emerald guitars. In fact, the entirety of their X20 Artisan and X20 Opus range can now be ordered left handed – at no additional charge, and with all optional extras present and accounted for. Fantastic!
From left to right: X20-7, X20 Baritone, X20 Nylon, X20-12, X20
Left Handed Emerald Guitars
The X-20 series is available in a variety of different configurations, styles and colours (see image above). At the time of writing we have a standard 6-string, Baritone, 7-string, 12-String and a nylon strung model – there should be something for everyone here! As mentioned above, left handed Emerald guitars are available at no additional up-charge.
In addition to this, the guitars are split into two different ranges – Artisan and Opus. Artisan guitars are built to order, so come with a bigger option list but also a 4-5 month lead time. The Opus series is the production range which is generally either kept in stock, or is available with short lead times. Opus models also understandably come with less options, being only available in black and a pickup being an optional upgrade.
If you decide to go with an Artisan model there are tons of extra options available to you, such as fanned frets, quilted maple tops, custom neck scale and width, and your choice of black, blue, green, amber, or red finishes. The website includes a guitar builder tool which will let you spec out your dream left handed Emerald guitar, get a price, and if happy, order it there and then! Check out the image below which shows a really cool X-20 with a beautiful quilt-top and matching headstock!
In addition to having stunning aesthetics, the X-20 also features many innovative design elements aimed at improving overall ergonomics. For example, take a look at that comfortable looking forearm bevel. An additional cutaway bevel affords even better access to the upper frets. The guitar also features asymmetrical back contours for added comfort when sitting down.
What Are the Benefits of a Carbon Fiber Guitar?
Firstly, carbon fiber is very strong but also incredibly lightweight and so should be very hard-wearing and also easier on the back. In addition, carbon fiber isn’t going to be affected by changes in humidity like traditional guitars are.
Consistency! Traditional acoustics can vary wildly in sound from one guitar to the next because every piece of wood is unique. Carbon fiber is a man-made material, so you can assume that every guitar will sound and play more or less the same. Similarly, the sound of a wooden guitar will change as it ages, whereas a carbon fiber guitar will retain its tone for life.
If you are interested to hear what a carbon fiber acoustic guitar sounds like, Emerald has plenty of excellent videos on their site which demonstrate a few of their different models. Click here to take a look.
If interested in ordering your own left handed Emerald guitar, check out the link below!
For more information:
Emerald Guitars Website