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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Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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