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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele - Ukelele-Size Guitar With Bag - Natural

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  • Small nylon string guitar.
  • Perfect as a travel guitar
  • Gig bag included.
  • Suitable for all ages and playing level.
  • Tuned to A in the same format as a standard guitar.
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Colour Name: Natural
Technical Details
Item Weight1.4 Kg
Product Dimensions73 x 30.5 x 10.2 cm
Item model numberGL1
ColourNatural
Number of Strings6
Country Produced Inindonesia
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Additional Information
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Best Sellers Rank 519 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available24 Nov. 2008
  
 

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    Colour Name: Natural
    I've been playing guitar for more than 20 years - mostly classical and jazz. I own all sorts of guitars. I played a Guitalele in a music shop and left without buying it, regretting that decision soon afterwards! I ordered one online and am very pleased with the instrument sent to me. Intonation is spot-on, frets are even and the neck is straight. Yes, the finish is nothing special - a bit of glue around the heel, and I think the purfling is just painted on, plus it's a laminated top. The sound is actually pretty good, with plenty of sustain and volume for such a small body. Tone is a bit dull and woody, but with a thick gypsy pick, single note soloing can be very sweet and dynamic. I've got fairly large fingers, but find the small frets perfectly manageable with a bit of practice. The gig bag included is very welcome (despite what another reviewer said), as finding a suitable case for one would be extra hassle and cost.
    Thanks Yamaha!
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    Colour Name: Natural
    The Guitalele is an amazing idea. Uke size, uke sound but plays like a guitar. It's not perfect. i If you have fat fingers like me, it can be a bit tricky, but manageable with a bit of perseverance. In general, it sounds great and as it's made by Yamaha, it's typically well made, even if the finish isn't the smoothest, but hey, for the price it's a steal. It's loads of fun, even just for messing around/practising and I think it would be ideal for any young kids starting to learn guitar. Recommended to all guitarists, Novice, expert and everywhere in between. A brilliant idea and a brilliant instrument.
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    Colour Name: Persimmon Brown Verified Purchase
    I bought this as a travel guitar as I couldn't afford one of the dedicated travel sized guitars and didn't fancy the limitations of buying a ukelele. And I am very impressed.

    The sound quality is great for something this sized. It feels well balanced in my hands and the neck, although smaller than a normal guitar, still allows me to play with relative ease. I have big hands so I was doubtful at first but apart from playing the A chord as a single finger barre I am managing fine. Tuning it was easy too - I just used my standard guitar tuner to tune the top string to an A - which is equivalent to the second string on a normal tuner then just tuned the rest from that.

    There are dedicated guitalele chord charts available but I just play mine with standard chord shapes and the sound is as if I have a capo on the 5th. The higher you go up the fretboard the duller the sound becomes which is standard for most acoustic guitars. But for the majority of players this will not be too great a problem.

    The only issue I have is with the finish. Obviously for a little over 50 quid I didn't expect the highest quality finish but mine looks like it was painted in a shed. There are lumps of dust all over it, sanding marks still apparent where the neck joins the body and I had to spend quite a while picking off several globs of glue which hasn't been removed and some loose bits of varnish.

    Despite this though I am left with a great little instrument that is small enough to sit and practise with in an armchair or pop in the back of the car when I go camping. Well worth the money.
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    Colour Name: Natural Verified Purchase
    First impression is well made, plays nicely. Finish is a bit dull but I am thinking of varnishing it for a bit of fun. The frets do seem too close for normal guitar chord shapes even for my smallish hands but I believe there are uke chords which may be more suitable - need to look into that. I read a tip for tuning, take strings off and move them all except the high A down a step then tune them as normal for guitalele (but make C a B) then you have ADGBE with the 5 strings at normal tension, lastly find an old string to take the vacant low E position and you have the standard guitar tuning EADGBE.
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    Colour Name: Natural Verified Purchase
    I really can recommend this instrument. But its not a travel guitar. The fretboard could be a little narrow for someone with large hands. I think the sound is fabulous - don't try and compare it with a guitar because it won't sound the same - the body is a lot smaller. The actual pitch and string notes are the same as a guitar with capo on fret 5. If you just think of it as a different insrument and judge it on its own merits then I think it sounds great! Its also small enough to take anywhere (would fit in a largish suitcase) and the construction quality is really impressive for not a lot of money. Its not a solid cedar top or ebony fingerboard - but come on! for the amount you pay its a total winner! I think it would be ideal for a ukulele player who wants to mess around with guitar chords or a child of around nine or ten who wasn't quite ready or old enough for a 3/4 size guitar.
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    Colour Name: Natural Verified Purchase
    I can't remember when I last spent 50 quid and got so much pleasure.

    This little guitar is so much fun - it just makes you smile when you pick it up to play.

    It's made really well and feels solid. Up to Yamaha's usual high standards.

    Now, lets get any potential negatives out the way: Obviously, as it's a 1/4 size guitar, it's NOT going to sound like a dreadnought. If you want it to do that then you'll have to alter physics (or something). But for a small guitar it's surprisingly loud and has a genuinely nice tone.

    For me, it's a better option than a Uke, as I want to play guitar stuff on it, not Ukulele stuff. There's plenty of online resource to show you how to play the guitar chords with different shapes that work on the Guitalele. Just have a go at playing Marley's "3 Little Birds" and tell me this isn't a fun instrument :))

    For £50 it's well worth a spin. If you don't like it, not only are you probably mad, but you can sell it on eBay - there'll be plenty of takers!!

    No more boring shopping trips with the missus, I can now sit in the car keeping myself amused (legally) :))
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