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Ragtop
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Feb 16th, 2018 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, I've never seen anything quite like that.

Very cool!

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Mar 2nd, 2018 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, this is taking longer than expected, but it finally arrived in the US today... now it has to get through customs (once they figure out it's not made of wood - hah!), and travel halfway across the country... I'm hoping for next Friday, but not holding my breath.

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Butterscotch Blues
Mar 3rd, 2018 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice! Waiting is hard!

Leftee
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VA

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Mar 3rd, 2018 06:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The waiting is the hardest part.

HeavyDuty
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Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 3rd, 2018 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yay! Stock up on good Irish beverages to welcome it home.

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Mar 3rd, 2018 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah... O'Doul's, so I don't fall off the fretboard!

Bubbalou

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 6th, 2018 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, exquisite

Harleyboy
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Best dryfire is at the range with ammo
Mar 6th, 2018 09:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We are getting kind'a anxious..'Bout time for this guitar to get to it's new home..

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Mar 7th, 2018 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's here - arrived on Monday! I should have posted here, but I'd posted in the Lefty Forum and "left it" at that...

...but the guitar is great. I'm impressed by everything about it - the build, materials and sound are all above what I expected (and I expected a lot from the videos I've seen/heard!).

So far I've just tweaked the truss rod a little. I'll probably lower the strings at the nut just a tad, but they're not as bad as most guitars right off the shelf. I'll eventually try some different strings, too, as it came with EXP 80/20 bronze which aren't my favorites. But I hate to waste a brand new set of coated strings!

More later, and there are pics in my profile - as you can see from my pics compared to the stock photos - it looks a bit darker/more copper colored - and to my eyes, that's a good thing.

Love it - still getting to know it! More to come.

Linky

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Mar 7th, 2018 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It sure is a thing of beauty. I can't wait to hear how it works out with other acoustics or in a band situation.

I've read some reviews that claim composite guitars work best as solo instruments. None of those where about the Emerald.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Mar 7th, 2018 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, that is one good-looking guitar!

HeavyDuty
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Mar 7th, 2018 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gorgeous!!

Viera
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Mar 7th, 2018 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What that heck? They forgot the sound hole on that guitar.

Kidding aside, that's a nice looking CF guitar. I hope it sounds just as nice.

Harleyboy
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Mar 10th, 2018 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I really like that!

MJB
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Who's we sucka?

Smith, Wesson and me.
Mar 14th, 2018 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK it's been a week, player report!

HeavyDuty
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Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 25th, 2018 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dude! Don’t leave us hanging!

reverend mikey
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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Mar 25th, 2018 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry - been busy and wanted to be able to give an honest review after some extended playing time.

So I've had a chance to play it at home, try several sets of strings on it, and used it in worship plugged in today.

Overall build quality is excellent; this is much more impressive than the other CF guitars I've seen (RainSong, CA). It's drop dead gorgeous and I love the design - modern but totally well thought out. Construction inside is super clean as well.

Picky points:
1. I need to lower the nut slots just a little - plays fine now, but it can be better. This is typical of most guitars, so not a problem.
2. The neck is pretty hefty, which kind of surprised me. On the first few frets it's not bad (1 3/4" nut), but as you go up the neck, it's a handful. Not something that can't be overcome, but I'm just noting it FYI; I was surprised at this on a guitar that is otherwise ergonomically perfect.

The sound is very good - it's warmer than you'd expect from CA; it's certainly not a J-45 or D-18, but it has body and clarity that sounds pleasing. It has the bottom end of a dreadnought - maybe that's the soundhole being right there by your face - but it sounds BIG.

I'm still experimenting with strings. It came with EXP 80/20's on it. I've also tried two sets of D'Addario Nickel Bronze - 13-56 first, and then because of the big neck, dropped down to 12-53...this makes it easier to handle the neck, and actually tames some of the low end boom (most noticeable on the low E string G note at the 3rd fret). Again, need to lower the nut slots a little - I did also tweak the truss rod (yes it has one!) just a little.

Sounds incredible with a capo all over the neck. This is just a fun guitar to play! It doesn't ever make me think - oh, I wish I were playing a WOOD guitar instead. The sound is unique, but not harsh or strident or sterile. Pretty amazing, really!

Finally, it sounds even better plugged in. I upgraded to the LR Baggs Anthem. Volume on it is quiet compared to other pickups in my other acoustics - not sure why. But the sound is very balanced and warm - 3-D like an acoustic should be.

Overall, I'm very happy with the guitar; I think it's worth the price of admission. I still love my wood guitars, but this has it's place, too - especially in the heat/humidity and cold/dryness of Minnesota climate... and for playing in places where you don't want to take a delicate, valuable wood guitar.

Mic is open for questions!

MJB
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Who's we sucka?

Smith, Wesson and me.
Mar 25th, 2018 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the report! Sounds like ya did good!

Leftee
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Mar 25th, 2018 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great review! Sounds like an excellent guitar.

HeavyDuty
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Not very bright but does lack ambition
Apr 10th, 2018 05:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How are you settling in with your new Irish pal?

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