Emerald Guitars Select Series Feb 2018

February sees lacewood veneers featured as the select topwood.


Nice looking grains all around,  but it seems that they come in only bass and 12-string models.

These should go fast as usual.

*photo from Emerald Guitars



Alvarez-Yairi Honduran

New release from Alvarez. These guitars feature Honduran mahogany seasoned for minimum 40 years.


DYM60HD pictured above. A look at the seasoned mahogany back below.



The FYM60HD (below) has s shorter 25″ scale.



And the FYM66HD (below) sports an all mahogany construction.



These are all premium models that come with Gotoh 510 tuners and deluxe hardshell cases. Not exactly affordable but one can be sure anything from Alvarez-Yairi are winners.

*photos from Alvarez



Gibson Modern Flying V

Gibson brings radical to a new level by rolling out the Modern Flying V.


The new guitar looks rightfully like an evolved Flying V with a contoured top and a curvier silhouette. Scale length remains typically Gibson (24.75″), while controls are rather simple here with only two knobs and a selector.


Comes in three finishes – Ebony Prism, Silver Prism and Gold Prism. These are Custom Shops Ltd Runs and retail at US$4499.

Guitarbear listened and watched plenty of Scorpions so the Flying V has a special place. Perhaps a more regular version (and more affordable price) would be attractive enough to give this a try.

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*photos from Gibson


Gibson Custom Shop Year of the Dog Les Paul

Got a shock when I saw this on the Gibson website – Custom Shop Chinese New Year Les Paul.


While it’s pretty common for watch brands to come out with Chinese New Year models, this is the first time I’ve seen something like this in the guitar world.


Custom inlays on headstock, fretboard and body. Of course only those who understand the Chinese language would know what they mean.


I”d say it’s pretty unnecessary. But if you dig such stuff and have US$6000 plus to spare, you can own one of the 25 made. 🙂

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*photos from Gibson

Emerald Guitars January Select Series

Looking away from NAMM a lil’ bit, Emerald Guitars have lined up a batch of gorgeous guitars for the January Select series.


The cocobolo top guitars are offered across 5 models and some are sold out at the time of this blog post.


Pictured above is the X20-A

Full marks to Alistair and his team for rolling out such great stuffs.

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*photos from Emerald Guitars