Emerald Virtuo review

Acoustic carbon-fiber guitar manufacturers Emerald take a bold step into the twin-humbucker semi-acoustic market with one of the most versatile instruments we’ve encountered

Emerald Virtuo
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

A tone-blending electro-acoustic hybrid that truly blurs the lines between electric and acoustic guitar, the Emerald Virtuo is designed for the adventurous player. It'll take some time to fathom but has rich, depths of tone just waiting to be discovered.


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    Extremely versatile, with hundreds of sonic paths to explore.

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    Playable with excellent upper-fret access.


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    The shock of the new.

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    Fiddly nature of mixing voices and MIDI might deter some.

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The carbon-fibre guitar manufacturer Emerald is based in Donegal, Ireland, and has an immense range of instruments from straightforward acoustics to mighty harp guitars and beyond. 

We last looked at a guitar from Emerald – the X10 Artisan Woody, to be precise – back in issue 456, and were impressed by the fact it not only felt and sounded like a regular acoustic guitar, but it also had amazing stability, both in terms of construction and its immunity to variations in humidity. It also held its tuning like a champ during the time we spent with it. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.