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Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele  

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The Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele is half guitar, half ukulele, and 100% fun. A unique mini 6-string nylon guitar that is sized like a baritone ukulele (17" scale) and plays like a standard... Read More

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The Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele is half guitar, half ukulele, and 100% fun. A unique mini 6-string nylon guitar that is sized like a baritone ukulele (17" scale) and plays like a standard tuned guitar. The guitalele's tuning is pitched up to A (or up a 4th) at A/D/G/C/E/A. Includes gig bag.

Features
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Meranti
  • Side/Rib: Meranti
  • Neck: Nato
  • Finger Board: Sonokeling
  • Bridge: Sonokeling
  • Includes gig bag
Specifications
  • Body Depth: 2 13/16"-2 13/16" (70-70 mm)
    Finger Board Width (Nut/Body): 1 7/8" (48 mm)
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YamahaGL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (3)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Transformed my guitar playing

A while back, I ran across the Guitalele at a local Guitar Center. It seemed fun to play, and when they went on sale I got one. Decent tone and action; good...Read complete review

A while back, I ran across the Guitalele at a local Guitar Center. It seemed fun to play, and when they went on sale I got one. Decent tone and action; good intonation; stays in tune once the strings stretch; apparently quite durable (had over a year - no damage from misc small bumps). Only downside is that the narrow fretboard places a limit on useful hand size (tho it's nice if your hand is small enough [I have medium-large-sized men's hands - wear a Large glove]). A good value: other companies make similar instruments, but the Guitalele is apparently the cheapest.

But the reason you should buy this instrument is not so much the particular brand, but because it's the cheapest decent example of a particular style of guitar (other brands may be better, but I haven't played them enought to compare). I've been playing guitar for almost 50 years (mostly steel-string acoustics, with pick), and electric bass (fingerpicked) for nearly as long. The Guitalele has transformed my guitar playing. With a large guitar, the instrument is in front of the player; it is embraced like a lover, but can also be a barrier. A ukulele-size guitar can be cradled like a baby, or slung around like a fiddle (or tennis racket). It's great for songwriting: it can be safely and inobtrusively left around the house to be picked up whenever an idea comes along (arrangements can come later); and can easily be played while sitting, standing or walking around without need of a strap. Great for leading singing with small groups. And it can also be very useful in recording or performing with one small addition: with a Kremona pickup, the Guitalele becomes a very expressive, soft string, tight scale, clear-toned (ready for effects) electric guitar. Lots of potential. For example, I used the Guitalele with Kremona pickup and nylgut strings for a song demo video on youtube (search for Ferriss Finds).

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More like a toy....great for kids.

As advertised as a "travel" guitar, I had more expectations of something with better intonation. However, this instrument is better used for kids.

As advertised as a "travel" guitar, I had more expectations of something with better intonation. However, this instrument is better used for kids.

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4.0

Nice guitar for a child

By No nickname

from Union

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

      Easy on their fingers, nice size.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Transformed my guitar playing

      By Ferrars

      from Tampa FL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • durable
      • good intonation
      • Good Tone
      • narrow neck
      • small size

      Cons

      • narrow neck

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

      A while back, I ran across the Guitalele at a local Guitar Center. It seemed fun to play, and when they went on sale I got one. Decent tone and action; good intonation; stays in tune once the strings stretch; apparently quite durable (had over a year - no damage from misc small bumps). Only downside is that the narrow fretboard places a limit on useful hand size (tho it's nice if your hand is small enough [I have medium-large-sized men's hands - wear a Large glove]). A good value: other companies make similar instruments, but the Guitalele is apparently the cheapest.

      But the reason you should buy this instrument is not so much the particular brand, but because it's the cheapest decent example of a particular style of guitar (other brands may be better, but I haven't played them enought to compare). I've been playing guitar for almost 50 years (mostly steel-string acoustics, with pick), and electric bass (fingerpicked) for nearly as long. The Guitalele has transformed my guitar playing. With a large guitar, the instrument is in front of the player; it is embraced like a lover, but can also be a barrier. A ukulele-size guitar can be cradled like a baby, or slung around like a fiddle (or tennis racket). It's great for songwriting: it can be safely and inobtrusively left around the house to be picked up whenever an idea comes along (arrangements can come later); and can easily be played while sitting, standing or walking around without need of a strap. Great for leading singing with small groups. And it can also be very useful in recording or performing with one small addition: with a Kremona pickup, the Guitalele becomes a very expressive, soft string, tight scale, clear-toned (ready for effects) electric guitar. Lots of potential. For example, I used the Guitalele with Kremona pickup and nylgut strings for a song demo video on youtube (search for Ferriss Finds).

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      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      More like a toy....great for kids.

      By CJ

      from Houston

      Pros

      • Great for kids

      Cons

      • Not A Travel Guitar

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        As advertised as a "travel" guitar, I had more expectations of something with better intonation. However, this instrument is better used for kids.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great purchase

        By RICK

        from Wauseon, OH

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Myhusband and I purchased this for our daughter for Christmas. She had been asking for a ukelele. She loves it and has taught herself a lot of things already. Since it's a cross between a ukelele and guitar, she feels like it is something "different" than the regular guitar, yet plays very similiar. She has had no guitar experience either, but this is a great start for whatever route she would possibly take later. Thanks for the great idea, Guitar Center!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wonderful All-Around Hybrid!!!

        By Paul Oakes

        from Hanover, PA

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Like a lot of musicians, I wanted to diversify. And with Yamaha's Guitalele, I've been thoroughly satisfied. It's a six-string hybrid, combining the best of both a guitar and uke. For comparison, it's like putting a capo on the 5th fret of a guitar. The strings that come with the instrument have a very bright and happy tone to them. And for its size, the guitalele is loud. Now, if only Yamaha would make an acoustic-electric version! As is, you won't be disappointed.

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        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Surprising

        By jordan GEKELER

        from Portland OR

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        I originally purchase this guitar for travel, baritone case and all. I have yet to travel but have found this to be a great practice instrument. You can sit down to play it. It forces you to transpose music. (this is up a 5th, tuned to A). This makes learning the fret board totally new. It has the sound of a ukulele with a classical feel. Or in other words, a classical guitar with a capo on the 5th, and a baritone uku body, giving that high punch resonation. Great For practice and bringing anywhere. Note you need small or nimble hands to do bar chords. It really does best with single note arpeggio, because it sound more classical . When strumming it sounds more uku, but a pick actually works if you use a thick pick and don't dig in. For the money. It is worth it. If you want to bring a instrument anywhere it is great. This is also a kid pleaser. It is small enough for 4-8 yr old to play. My kids have classical guitars and they really grabbed on to the guitalele because of the cuteness and mobility. Even my 12 yr old picked it up and played it. and you know how pre-teens can be. I was lucky to get her off the phone.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great leap for we Uke Players

        By Craig Poff

        from Charleston, South Carolina

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        I confess my review is more to the product itself, the concept of a standard (GCEA) Uke with two extra strings (A and D) on the bottom. The Yamaha instrument is very nice, but is what you'd expect from a sub $100 instrument?.it'll do nicely, but won't become an heirloom. Adding the two extra strings gives us a guitar feel and sound in a Uke size. If you don't like it, no problem, just play the top four strings and life will be the same as always. BUT?the second you study your fingerings (there are Guitalele Chord Charts on line) and play your first truly SIX string chord (C major a good example, play it like always, but index finger on the second fret of your (new 2nd, or D) string, index finger on the third fret of your new A string (so playing a C), you have six strings singing together, C-E-C-G-E-C. Sounds like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! For those of us who have strummed away for years on four strings, its quite the epiphany. Your familiar fingerings will still be there, but (only if you choose) you can incorporate the available notes on your new (low) A and D strings?.gradually at first, as its not what you are used to, then more and more. Sometimes you will add the second (D) string, when easier, but skip the A string, and you're left with a pleasant five string chord. The strings, as others have said, are close together, but you can adapt---and its easier for playing chords, like Dm, that need two adjacent strings on the same fret. I used to cheat on the four fret diminished chords, by using my thumb on the first string! That, alas, won't work anymore, but it will teach me to play my diminished chords properly. Probably not your only Uke?.but a great companion to the one you already have. Catch them while they are on sale!

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lovin it!

        By Nancy Wilson

        from florida

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Just got a Yamaha sunburst guitarlele, after getting into the ukulele thing lately. And I bought it mostly thinking I could help my classical guitar playing with it- so I was torn between trying this and getting a smaller 1/2 or 3/4 classical, cause I'm getting old and the guitar is wearing me out sooner. So I was wondering if this was too small. And it is a challenge. But the sound is great! I was sitting on my bed tonight messing around with this, and it finally seems to me if I play this lightly, it can't help but make my guitar playing better. Even though it's tuned higher, you can still use the same chord forms, they're just not the same chords- they are the IV chord of whatever form you're using. So unless you're playing with someone else, it's all just relative tuning- only higher- and it makes you think! I was reading my usual classical pieces, and even watching television. The higher sound has a Renaisance air about it, and a natural for Celtic as well- the lower few strings sound a bit like a bohdrun, and I was improvising some lilts on the top. It's like a little lute somehow. The Yahama quality is suberb as you'd expect. Really great workmanship for something this price. I read other reviews concerning the Cordoba model, and they spoke of the Yamaha's slightly wider neck in negative terms, but as for me, I wouldn't want it any more narrow- the strings are already quite close, more so than either a uke or a classical guitar It comes with a gig bag like the others- the ads weren't clear on that, and I wish they'd put a rossette on it. Don't know what the strings are but they seem comparable to my usual Daddario Pro Arte- not nylgut like a lot of ukes, but totally acceptable first set.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great for travel

        By BROCK Durbin

        from ramore mo

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        i got this guitalele for my birthday and i had wanted it for a few years.it plays well good action youll have to change the strings it was a little sticky when i first took it out but for a hundred dollars its a fine instrument and i would highly recomend it

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        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Six string uke/guitar combo is a lot of fun.

        By Ken Burke

        from Black Canyon City, AZ

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        I've been playing guitar for nearly 30 years, mostly country and rockabilly with some blues on the side. Last spring I bought a concert ukulele and fell in love with the sound and ease of play, but I wanted to be able to use the guitar chords that now come naturally to me. The Yamaha Guitalele - a six-string uke with a classical guitar style neck - was the perfect choice. I ordered over the phone, and the instrument arrived at my door safe and sound. I'm planning on replacing the strings with D'Addario Pro Arte, lowering the action a bit and I wish the gig bag featured a little padding and a pouch. Other than that, this really is a wonderful instrument that travels easily and is great fun to play.

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