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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (25)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good audio (14)
  • Consistent (12)
  • Stays in tune (11)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Jamming (14)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Novice (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice little crossover instrument

Got a sunburst model recently, and fairly satisfied. As mostly a classical guitar player, I personally wouldn't want the neck any more narrow as the Cordoba is said to have.
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Got a sunburst model recently, and fairly satisfied. As mostly a classical guitar player, I personally wouldn't want the neck any more narrow as the Cordoba is said to have.

I bought it largely as a small practice guitar, and still wondering if a 1/2 sized guitar- bigger- might be better. The higher sound is attractive though and I'm having some fun with it.

It IS small. The bouts are 7 and 9", and the body length is 12". I find myself practicing written sheet pieces while watching televison. Much less stress than formal practice with the big guitar- I'm gettin old!

All the guitar chords and written sheet music transfers right over, even if transposed up otherwise- all chords are actually then the IV chord of the corresponding guitar chord. But if you're playing alone, what does it matter? For recording or playing with others, just be aware of what key you're actually really playing.

Just been getting into ukulele and love the sound.
Don't expect a large voluime of sound here, yet it has a sweeet little sound, that strums nicely especially. And very nice for renaissance or celtic styles.

I find myself playing more delicately- and that should help when I go back to the larger guitar. I think it is more "small guitar" than "tenor uke with two more strings". The string spacing is minimal- and easier for a gutarist to pick up than a uke player probably.

The strings are more like regular classical guitar strings than nylgut ukulele strings, yet those are available otherwise, and I may try some if I wear these down.

The Yamaha quality is solid as you'd expect, though the wood is really more like laminate- non-porous, and smooth. As for the sound, I have no other examples to compare it to. I'd rather have a smaller peg board and tuners, but that's not a big deal- there are some like that that cost much more. A more porous wood would probably give more rtesonance and a sweeter sound.

Generally I'm pretty happy with it, mostly as a practice and portable guitar.

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Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele

The Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele is a delightful little 6 string instrument if you do not expect too much. It's somewhat better made than a toy guitar which it resembles. The 17" string...Read complete review

The Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele is a delightful little 6 string instrument if you do not expect too much. It's somewhat better made than a toy guitar which it resembles. The 17" string scale makes for a small instrument with frets that are just about too close together for a guitar player. This string scale is 2" shorter than a baritone ukulele. Basically this is a guitar with a capo at the fifth fret.

As shipped from the factory my guitalele was barely playable. The action was ridiculously high, almost 3/8" at the 12th fret. I sanded down the bridge so that the action was decent. Had to change out the strings for a good brand. The fit and finish of the wood components is barely competent. Mine has obvious glue overrun on the neck joint at the top of the body, & the binding on the back has a 1/4" void. The tuners are decent, but the guitalele goes out of tune pretty quickly - Not from tuner slippage but string stretch. With such a short scale the classical guitar nylon strings go out of tune even with minimal stretch and vigorous strumming exacerbates the problem.

Tone wise the guitalele is not an award winner. I'd compare the tone to many of the other nylon string ukuleles available at about this price point. The Yamaha sounds like a 6 string Kala tenor uke. My Raymond Rapozo koa ukulele blows the Yamaha away tonaly, but the Rapozo costs 8 times more.

The Guitalele intonation is okay. With my clip on Snark tuner the 12th fret harmonic comes within 5 cents at all 6 strings. The saddle is compensated at the 2nd & 3rd strings.

I bought the Yamaha Guitalele for airplane travel trips. It's small enough to slip under a coach airplane seat. I will not check any of my guitars into baggage and airlines won't let me put a standard size guitar into the overhead bins anymore - So to keep my guitar chops while away from home, the guitalele was a compromise. If mine got broken or stolen would I purchase another? Maybe... I'd probably bite the purchase price bullet and purchase a Taylor Baby instead.

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5.0

Yamaha's are the Best!

By Featherhead

from Norman OK

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

    Great instrument to learn to play on, it's like having two instruments in one. You can learn your guitar chords on this and play it like an acoustic guitar and still be able to play the Ukulele cords as well. Plus it is small and easy to carry around. Great action and great tone. Yamaha's are the best! If you haven't played one try one, you will never go back to another brand.

     
    4.0

    Nice guitar for a child

    By No nickname

    from Union

    About Me Child

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Easy on their fingers, nice size.

        (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).

         
        5.0

        Great starter instrument

        By truemusic

        from Santa Fe, NM

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Poor Tone Quality

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Great starter insstrument

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good price. Good quality.

        By Tommy

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Good price. Built like a guitar so the sound is a little more hollow than I would expect from a traditional ukulele or guitar but it's basically a small guitar so it just took some getting used to. It's really solid and great sounding for the price. Definitely a steal.

        (1 of 9 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

          (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!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My Go To Instrumrnt

          By artwperry

          from Mountain View, CA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

            I play it everyday. I use it to learn chords and different ways to tune my guitar. I recently replaced all the strings with Gibson acoustic guitar strings and it sounds great. I highly recommend this guitalele.

            (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.

            (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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