Emerald Synergy Carbon Fiber Harp Guitar

The Harp Guitar of the Future is Here Today!  


Opus series

  • Exposed carbon weave Sound Board with High gloss finish

  • Crystal ice textured clear coat on back and sides

  • Gotoh 381 tuners (cosmo black)

  • Custom Gig Bag

  • Does not include a pickup

  • standard colors.. Black, Red, Green, Blue, Amber (transparent colors over carbon weave)

Price: $1950 (additional 3-4% fee if paying via Paypal)
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The Opus Synergy harp guitar sounds and plays exactly like the Artisan acoustically.  

Cost savings include a matte finish on back and sides, a gig bag rather than hard flight case (all you really need), and no pickup (which could always be added).

Price: $1950 SOLD

I currently have two one new Synergy harp guitar in stock.

For those of you who haven’t yet heard about this amazing creation, check out my blog from last May and also my report of its debut at the 11th Harp Guitar Gathering last fall.

The carbon fiber Synergy harp guitar is the brainchild of Alistair Hay of Emerald Guitars in Ireland (though I am officially claiming partial credit for goading him into it!).  After three years of pondering it, he decided to jump into the project about two years ago.  Having received a serious request and commitment from one of our Gathering participants, Michael Belotto, Alistair decided to incorporate Michael’s specific requests into the first harp guitar prototype.  Notably, this would be a small instrument with a shorter scale length.

Here you can see the last one I sold side by side with the popular full-size Dyer.  The Emerald is 13-½” wide, 4-¼” deep and 37-½” long at the arm tip.  The scale is 24” (shortened but not “short-scale”), while the subs range from 26-¾” to 31”.  Nut width is a comfortable 1-¾”.  I’ve received many queries about “smaller harp guitars” – of which there are extremely few – and this fills the bill perfectly for those shoppers.

We agreed that this decision “killed several birds with one stone.”  Carbon fiber guitars being near-indestructible, it was already perfectly suited for travel and airline manhandling.  By being so much smaller, it would easily fit into an overhead compartment.  Finally, the size rendered it much less expensive to produce, resulting in what is almost an “entry level” harp guitar. 

It also looks really cool. 

If you want to know how all this is accomplished, don’t ask me...how these things are made still remains mostly a mystery to me – Alistair’s been working with this stuff for ages and apparently knows all the tricks (and has invented many).

OK, OK (I know the suspense is killing you)...how does it sound?! 

As I was infamously quoted after my first time playing one at the Harp Guitar Gathering, “It actually works.” (Alistair wanted to put that on the T-shirt, I think).  This was of course simply alluding to my naiveté about carbon fiber guitars in general, as I’d personally had no need to explore them, so had little experience.  True, it doesn’t quite sound like wood, but it does of course sound like a “real” instrument, and a quite good one (and I bet it would fool some in a blind test).  The balance of the neck across all strings and frets is exemplary, and only suffers acoustically in a live environment by being quieter than, say, a full-size Dyer (which is not an unexpected tradeoff, I imagine).  The subs are similarly quieter, and while they cover the range all the way down to a low F (supplied bass strings are a custom Newtone set for standard tuning FGABCD), they don’t project or boom like the better full-size harp guitars (You can see and hear a great acoustic clip of one of these instruments its owner, the talented Jon Pickard, here).

Now you can not only join the harp guitar world, you can join the carbon fiber craze! 

-       Gregg (Sir Gregory) Miner

General Specifications:

  • Overall length 950mm (37-½”)

  • Max body width 335mm (13-½”)

  • Max body depth 110mm (4-¼”)

  • Max body length 420mm (16-½”)

  • Scale length 610mm (24”)

  • Nut width 44.5mm (1-¾”)

  • Bridge spacing Guitar neck 57mm (2-¼”)

  • Weight 2.5kg (5-½ lbs)

  • Sub Bass scales: 680mm (26-¾”), 705mm (27-¾”), 730mm (28-¾”), 750mm (29-½”), 770mm (30-¼”), 785mm (31”)

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