The little Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele is a small nylon string guitar that is half sized compared to a normal model. It features a spruce top, nato back, sides and neck, rosewood fretboard, standard classical tuners and bridge and a significantly reduced scale length. It's quite small, kind of like a cross between a guitar and a ukulele. That being said, it's EXTREMELY easy to play and I've had mine since I started playing guitar almost fifteen years ago at age three. Don't be fooled by its size... this guitar is good.
The design is quite ergonomic for sure. It is extremely light weight and easy to hold. I installed strap buttons on mine so that I could play it with a strap. Unfortunately it has no cutaway, but as it is the guitar plays quite well and I can get to the upper frets surprisingly well even though my hands have grown quite a bit. Getting a good tone out of this guitar is pretty easy I'd say... though it's small it has a very present and pleasant sound that is great for nice soft chords or lead work... it's less abrasive than a steel string and has that nice pure classical sound which is very nice for kids who are starting.
I have loved the tone of this instrument from day one. It obviously isn't going to sound the same as a full sized classical but Yamaha has really done a good job creating an instrument that really has a wonderfully pleasing sound. It is actually reasonably loud for being so tiny and I've been able to use mine to accompany vocals very easily. I have low tension strings on mine so I'm able to tune it to concert pitch, but they also sound very nice tuned up high, which would be a nice recording trick if you want a quasi "Nashville tuning" high pitched sound too.
All in all I think the Yamaha Guitalele is a great little guitar. I started on one and it has continued to serve me well after almost fifteen years of use and some accidental abuse. Mine has been around the world with me and back, has been dropped, left out, played to death and it's still going. I call it my little trigger and it'll be buried with me. I love mine, it's the perfect traveler guitar, very high quality. I definitely recommend this one!
nice nice ergonomics, narrow boxes (moins. comfort that gretsch)
vs can all play with. the same slide, and sends ca serious ad unlike other reviews. , Personal j uses two metal tabs, and power is, grde projection, it is evident that in arpeges fingers projection will differente ... is really a guitar back in ... blues, country, bossa, picking , rock and roll, folk ... flamenco ..... use aquilla strings (required)
Mini travel guitar granted in LA (like a capo on fret 5 of a guitar)
Comes with bag: good!
Very easy game, very nice, good feeling of violin
One can have his ukulele, but also more "guitar" by testing other strings and down a little tuning (eg G or G F #, not tried Mi with a deep draft)
Very nice in look and sound when the fate outdoor, parks, country etc ...
The first impression "toy" soon gives way to the "serious"
Excellent tool for travel (lightweight, compact, efficient musically)
Quality / Price incredible, that should inspire many other musical products!
I had bought one, I offered to Canada, so I'm bought another, now I leave in the trunk of the car ... But I would have another home for late gratouillage!
Shadow with a sensor that arises very easily and made a electro guitar (I'm looking for a solution of cap)
I miss more than the straps ... to follow!
(I saw on audiofanzine Guitalele an example of "electro" custom: a marvel!)
I put ****
Identical to a guitar, but in my case granted dessu to 5 tons and with the same number of box
Use while traveling can have a guitar in the trunk without taking up space.
Its very correct and impressive sound reproduction
Touch and care a little harder spacing between each cargo and also decreased.
For style vacation
It just will avoid large agreements Jazzy ... lack of space for the fingers.
2 + years
I have not tried any other models of this kind.
About the value for money I can not say anything is a Kdo christmas.