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Travelling Light #2: Emerald X5-Life

To continue our look at a few of the, slightly more unusual, travel guitars available, we’re now considering the Emerald Guitars X5-Life.
As you can probably see, the X5, in common with the Blackbird Rider mentioned previously,  is another carbon fibre guitar. Why, it’s like the wonder material of the future.
Clocking in at 3 lbs, the X5 looks a little more ‘guitar-like’ although it certainly has some Emerald eccentricity about it.  It has a scale length of 25.5 (longer than the Blackbird) which is the same as most Fender-type guitars and …

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Travelling Light #1: Blackbird Guitars Rider

The image opposite is the Blackbird Guitars ‘Ferrari-branded’ version of their Rider Travel Guitar.
Now, if you’re like me, you’ll may be scoffing cynically on reading that. “Pffhh!” you’ll say, “a Ferarri guitar?  And it’s made from carbon-fibre. Pffhh, pffhh and, thrice, pffhh.”
However, there are a couple of things to consider.  The Ferarri thing isn’t just a cynical cash-in, tenuous thread of an excuse to sell more guitars. Blackbird’s founder and designer, Joe Luttwak actually worked for Ferarri in Maranello.  He tells us, “many ideas for Blackbird Guitar’s models were inspired …

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