With a solid Engelmann spruce top, multilayered mahogany/rosewood reinforced neck, and ebony fretboard, the Yamaha LL6 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 LL6 acoustic guitar can be judged an excellent deal on materials alone. Yet where this dreadnought really shines is on the strength of its handcrafted construction by expert Japanese luthiers. Every step in the creation of this excellent musical 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 from 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 LL6 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 LL6 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! Case sold separately.
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I have Taylor and Martin guitars and they sound really cool.I've been playing for over 30 years now(since I became a teenager). I got this Yamaha LL6 a couple of weeks ago and was truly amazed. I read the reviews first and it was true that this guitar is a masterpiece. It has all the good quality in a guitar like great tone, great look and it surely will last forever by the way it was crafted. Oh,to remind you first, this guitar is purely acoustic and not acoustic-electric but it already has a huge sound. I really wanted to buy that Martin guitar that Eric Clapton used in his Unplugged album but I can't afford it. This Yamaha LL6 is already a top of the line collection and I could proudly say that it has the same great tone quality as the Taylor and Martin guitars.
I am an old folky from the 60's and have owned and played many acoustic guitars. The Ll6 is a beautiful guitar. I have the tinted which has a Vintage rich look and feel. The Ll6 has everything I was looking for. It delivers a rich experience, it extremely playable right out of the box and I am very happy with this purchase. It is well worth the money, in fact priced very reasonably. The techs in the store where I picked it up fell in love with it and several others will be sold as a result. I have no negative comments. My husband is learning basic chords and we will add another Ll6 to our family in the future. Be very comfortable ordering this guitar and look forward to an exceptional playing experience as well as a lot of visual appreciation for this fine instrument!! I started with an FG 300 in 1969 and my Yamaha experience continues to be very positive!
What a fine box. Played many guitars but this one stands out in this price range. Seagull s6 is good too. However, Yamaha definitely has it's own sound. Very distinct well balanced. Playability is always consistant in my experience and right out of the box was good to go. I thought this guitar would be good for recording as well. Has a nice voice that is not too boomy. Sustain is better than expected. In fact no guitar in this price range will come close. Also, very good dynamic range. The engleman spruce caters to those softer notes.I was surprised at the amount of projection from laminate sides. Somehow they've braced this thing to let the low e come through. Not muddy either. Heres a good indicator for this guitars quality. Try and find one of these used anywhere. Weird how guitar center doesn't keep these in stock at their stores. I would highly recommend if you are looking for an easy playing, well balanced sound.
Over the last 16 years, I've faithfully owned various Martins between the DM and D18. I owned a used Yamaha LL11 a few years ago, and very much liked the different size of the LL body as opposed to the standard dreadnought shape. First and foremost, the construction is superb. It is hard to tell a significant difference between the internal/external finishing of the LL6, and an intermediate Taylor. The mass of this guitar reminds me of a Guild D55. For me, the shape of the neck faster than a standard Martin, and the wider string spacing is great for fingerstyle- the ebony fretboard is also a nice touch and lends a different feel and tone from rosewood. The sound is very clearly pronounced between each note and sustain is ringing, without being overbearing. The bass is low, yet very well balanced with the high and middle ranges. The LL is in a different shape and class from the FG's- the case is the best soft-design I've seen. It's quite practical.
The only thing that I recommend is to buy strings for this guitar. The stock strings are Yamaha brand, and it didn't feel natural to me. I bought D'addario strings the guitar and now it sounds AMAZING!
If you think you're going to get a better sound buying the solid wood LL16. You should try them both to find out that the LL6 will give you the sound of any famous expensive brand guitar., unless you feel more satisfied having a solid wood guitar. The LL6 it's an excellent guitar.
I have owned the LL6 since 2004 and have played it regularly every since. This is truly an amazing guitar for the price. Since I bought this guitar, I have since acquired several other high end dreadnaught guitars such as Martin HD35, Taylor 814, and even a Collings D2H. All of these are extremely fine guitars, but even so I never tire of playing my LL6. I recently took my Yamaha LL6 to a top luthier in this area to see if he could do anything to further improve it. ...as he was able to do with my Martin for example. After going over the Yamaha LL6, he commented it was such a finely made guitar, there was really nothing he could do to improve it. He was especially impressed with the methed used by Yamaha to attach the neck to the body. He said that this Yamaha neck should never go "out". I still find this guitar is most enjoyable to play and is like finding a new guitare whenever I pick it up.