Emerald Guitars Virtuo - PG Gear Spotlight

This multi-output instrument balances modern construction with the ability to create electro-acoustic and synth tones.


Virtuo

Emerald Guitars
$3300

Ergonomically designed for comfort with a slim body the Virtuo is an acoustic guitar made specifically with the electric player in mind.

The neck is slim and fast like an electric guitar and with its innovative neck to heel design it allows the player full 22 fret access to reach even those highest notes but it's the electronics and pickup systems where we can really begin to see the possibilities of tone and range of sounds that are available to the player.

This is a guitar with 3 unique voicings

Acoustic voice - Graphtech Ghost Piezo

Electric voice - Fishman Fluence Humbuckers x2

Midi/Synth voice - 13 pin output

The two Fishman Fluence humbucker pickups have vintage and modern humbucker sounds and with an option to split to single coils and also a modern humbucker hot rod boost. Graphtechs 6 individual strings under saddle piezo which are also fully height adjustable. Since we have 6 individual piezo pickups we can connect directly to the 13 pin guitar synth output giving the guitar a full range of midi sounds when connected to a guitar synthesiser system. All the onboard pickups can be blended together to create a range of sounds unique to every individual player's taste. This guitar has all analogue switching and wiring.

Finally, we have added a new fully adjustable acoustic bridge so that the string height and intonation can easily be changed in a matter of seconds.

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I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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