Irish company Emerald Guitars makes acoustic and electro-hybrid guitars out of carbon fibre. Its latest model, the Virtuo, is an ergonomic design with a slim body. It is an acoustic guitar that is made specifically with the electric player in mind.
Emerald Guitars designer and founder Alistair Hay has been making hybrid electric/acoustic models using carbon fibre, combining elements of both styles of guitar, for some time now. The company’s new Virtuo model gets its acoustic voice from the onboard Graphtech Ghost Piezo, while a pair of Fishman Fluence humbuckers provide the more traditional electric tones. There’s even a handy 13-pin output MIDI connection.
The Fishman Fluence pickups have both vintage and modern humbucker sounds, with the option to split them, giving you single-coil tones as well. And if that isn’t enough, you can blend these with the acoustic Graphtech Ghost Piezo system, for even more tones. Now factor in MIDI and, well, it all gets very versatile.
They remind me a lot of Ken Parker’s Fly design, which also used carbon fibre, with hints of his later acoustic models, which had a soundhole on the upper bout just like these Virtuo models have. Funnily enough, Gibson has just announced a new set of acoustic models with a similar feature that it is calling the Player Port.
The perfect all-round guitar?
With their slim necks and 22 frets, these models should be perfect for players more used to the feel of electric guitars, but who would like access to acoustic guitar tones as well. They look very well made and I would love to try one out someday. I reckon they could be a lot of fun to play.
Price varies depending on the finish you opt for, so check out the full details from the link below. I would also recommend watching the demo videos, as they give you a good idea of what to expect.
RRP – Starting from GBP 2150
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