With a solid Engelmann spruce top, multilayered mahogany/rosewood reinforced neck, and ebony fretboard, the Yamaha LJ6 acoustic guitar can be judged an excellent deal on materials alone. Yet where thi... Read More
With a solid Engelmann spruce top, multilayered mahogany/rosewood reinforced neck, and ebony fretboard, the Yamaha LJ6 acoustic guitar can be judged an excellent deal on materials alone. Yet where this jumbo really shines is on the strength of its handcrafted construction by expert Japanese luthiers. Every step in the creation of this excellent instrument, from tonewood selection to hand-sanding the frets, is done in a small factory by master craftsmen.
Most manufacturers are using Sitka spruce tops for their high end models. In Yamaha's experience, Engelmann spruce (Canada) naturally suits the role for top woods better than any other. The overriding quality for body top material is an allowance for resonance and Engelmann spruce has this attribute in abundance. It is a light wood that is easy to work and enables a good tone response with a wide harmonic range. Visually Engelmann spruce is comfortable on the eye and its opaque light yellow tint is reminiscent of a mature acoustic instrument.
Back & side
Yamaha uses rosewood for both the back and sides on all the L series models. The rosewood blends extremely well with the Engelmann spruce top. It disperses resonance evenly and effortlessly.
The neck block reinforces the neck joint. Yamaha has improved the conventional C block design by enlarging the surface area that is in contact with the top of the guitar. The block securely meets the underside of the top adding a real depth to the tone of the instrument.
X-bracing maps out the vibration patterns of the guitar. Each of the eight braces has been carefully positioned in order to bring out the tone in a balanced fashion and find a natural harmony with the guitar's tone woods.
Multilayered reinforced neck
Traditionally, an acoustic guitar neck is carved from a single timber block. As the grain of the timber has to be angled at about 14 degrees to accommodate the headstock, it leaves itself vulnerable to excessive stress. To alleviate the potential of neck movement over time, Yamaha has introduced multilayered necks.
The LJ6 model features a strip of rosewood set into the center of the mahogany neck. Rosewood has been chosen for its rigidity and the way it complements mahogany tonally.
The unique larger bridge on the LJ6 provides a more efficient transfer of the string vibrations to the body of the guitar, giving a tight, clear midrange and a full, balanced tone. Handcrafted with chamfered edges, the bridge design offers a perfect balance of tone, comfort, and style.
Yamaha has over thirty years experience of crafting quality steel string instruments by hand. Today's L series guitars are a testament to the decades of that extensive research and development work.
Yamaha design themes center around the following points:
A balanced tone and response. The ultimate goal. Bass and treble must complement each other, encouraging inspiration from the guitarist rather than compensation.
Dovetail neck joint. Since the '70s, Yamaha has adopted a unique dovetail neck joint. This particular joint gives the guitar the excellent surface to surface (neck to body) contact. In the joint there is nothing but timber. This enables and indeed encourages resonance flow from the neck to the body, aiding the achievement of a balanced tone and response.
Blending of woods. Yamaha's experience of blending quality woods ensures that the highs are really sustained and note texture is under maximum control at all times by the player.
Body Designs. Yamaha's original L series has shoulders that are slightly more slender than a standard dreadnought design and the body has been designed to be subtly wider. This gives the guitar a more definite tone.
Lacquer expertise. Without a doubt, one of Yamaha's most significant strengths. They work very closely with lacquer manufacturers. The focus being less is more. Specially developed finishing materials, unique to Yamaha are used on handcrafted models. Ultimately, this gives the guitar every chance to breathe and tonally shine. A good acoustic guitar must feel alive and not simply just sound good! Includes case.
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Comments about Yamaha L Series LJ6 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with Case:
I've been playing for 40 yrs and have picked up a few guitars in my day. I recently obtained a Martin GPCA 1 Plus and it would not be fair to use the Martin as a measuring stick. The Yamaha LJ6 has a full rounded sound. I'm not crazy about the plastic nut and saddle but the cost to make and replace doesn't justify the cost. That being said, for $500, this is a fantastic guitar. It needed to be set up but most guitars do. I bought this as my carry around Ax, parties, beach, picnics..... The first thing I did was change the strings. The Yamaha Strings sounded bad. I put a set of Elixir Med. on and what an improvement. If your looking for a nice $500 guitar, check this one out.
Comments about Yamaha L Series LJ6 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with Case:
This is not an entry-level guitar. If you are familiar with low cost offerings of any guitar builder, then open the case and strum this treasure, you know immediately you are in the presence of a quality instrument. The fit and finish are impeccable, and testament to Yamaha's manufacturing and quality standards. The sound was underwhelming at first, then at 3 months was disappointing as the mids and highs opened up leaving the bass behind. Now at 6 months, this guitar is a sonic masterpiece. The tone is bright, clean, and balanced across the range, and the volume is quite loud. Neither the 1-3/4" wide neck with the 25-9/16" scale or the mini-jumbo shape make this guitar suitable for rhythm guitar playing, but it's great for solo flatpicking or fingerpicking. And it looks as good as it sounds. This guitar is absolutely gorgeous to look at. I don't recommend it as a first choice to amplify, as all my attempts failed to do this guitar justice. I don't find this to be a versatile instrument; I find Dreadnoughts fit that description a little better, but a solo played to a live audience in a small venue will be memorable. If you want memorable sound, high versatility, and Yamaha L-series quality, an LL6 or LL16 may better suit you, but this LJ6 has undeniable strengths. These Yamaha L-series are exceptional values. I have no regrets with this LJ6, and will likely add an LL6 to my collection.
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