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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele - Ukelele-Size Guitar With Bag - Natural
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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele
The small 1/4 size Nylon 6 String Guitar.
- Strings: Nylon x 6
- Top: Spruce
- Back/sides: Meranti
- Neck: Nato
- Fingerboard: Sonokeling, ¼ size (short 435mm scale length)
- Bridge: Sonokeling
- Finish: Clear Matte
- Overall length: 70cm
Gig bag included
The GL1 includes a Yamaha fitted gigbag
Yamaha's range of mini guitars offer the same legendary performance and value in a smaller package.
Tonewoods are used throughout the construction to produce an impressive voice that belies its small size. Famed for its warm and balanced sound with even and clear response from both the highs and the lows – important for developing good technique right from the start.
The GL1's neck is expertly scaled down and contorted for easy accurate playing and comfort ideal for both little and... not so little fingers. This makes it suitable for players of all ages and playing levels.
GL1 is the preferred choice as a travel or practise guitar by the more experienced player and features quality tuning gearing for simple, stable and reliable tuning.
Even and accurate fret positioning means that the GL1 sounds in tune as you play further down the neck. It’s also important to be in tune when learning as a group.
A durable lacquer finish protects the GL1 from humidity keeping the adjustment stable and maintaining its cute good looks for years to come.
The soft and comfortable nylon strings can be tuned to standard E or higher A tuning
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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) :))
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are especially useful for the 'stuck in bed', it's a bit odd that they are travel guitars :-) . At least next time you have a touch of the flu you can look forward to it! ;-)Published 5 days ago by Mr. Graham J. Powell
This is a really super instrument, but it is best suited to the smaller hand.
The sound is very good indeed, almost as full and resonant as our much-loved Yamaha G-280A from... Read more
Amazing product. Very well built for the price, and after over a year of use, shows no signs of wear. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LPiddy
Excellent. Learning to play the guitar, but it's difficult when I don't have it wherever I am.
This size overcomes that!
This was a gift to my girlfriend around 4 years ago. Still perfect and she really like it.Published 3 months ago by Miguel Gonçalves
Nice portable travel and practice guitar, the good quality of Yamaha is evident in the build, I replaced the strings so now it produces sweet sounds, also added a guitar pin so I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lima
great little guitar, great price, really well made considering the price, even the tuners are quite impressive in quality, they are far better than the ones on my Cordoba... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anonymous