Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar Light Amber Burst 886830981210

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The Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Silent Style Guitar was developed to allow guitarists to play anywhere, anytime and without limitations. From arena to airport, from backstage to bedroom and from campfire to club, Silent Guitar ensures that your music is always with you and always accessible.

The SLG130NW offers real classical guitar experience with conventional classical guitar neck construction and a nut width of 52mm (2.04"). Ebony fingerboard for tight and clear sound, Rosewood/Maple frames for woody feel, Light Amber Burst for the taste of high-end¦ Both sound and appearance tops the series.

Playability
The revolutionary design of the Silent Guitar offers outstanding playability with the real feel of an acoustic guitar. The smoothly curved body frame matches stunning looks with ergonomic design for a natural, comfortable fit while the neck and headstock offer incredible playability and perfect balance.

The digital effects taken from the class-leading SPX studio effects and industry-standard digital mixing consoles developed by Yamaha Commercial Audio, audiophile quality and the ambience of a warm, small room or luxurious large hall are with you wherever you are.

Sound
Yamaha's exclusive pickup and preamp technology gives Silent Guitar a rich, natural tone that belies its unconventional appearance.

The digital effects taken from the class-leading SPX studio effects and industry-standard digital mixing consoles developed by Yamaha Commercial Audio, audiophile quality and the ambience of a warm, small room or luxurious large hall are with you wherever you are.

Practicality
The detachable top section of Silent Guitar's frame means that practicality and portability are way beyond that of a conventional guitar. The included luxury gigbag fits easily into an aircraft overhead compartment of or can be comfortably carried thanks to ultra-light weight and ergonomic strap design.

Power is supplied either by AC adaptor or 9V battery - with Yamaha's high-stamina circuitry up to 13 hours of playing time is possible from a single battery. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Body: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Frame Unit: Maple
  • Strings: Nylon Guitar Strings
  • Sensors: B-BAND
  • Includes gig bag
Specifications
  • Connectors/Controls
    AUX IN
    AUX IN Level Control
    LINE OUT jack (monaural)
    PHONES jack (stereo)
    Volume
    BASS control
    TREBLE control
    REVERB switch (OFF/1/2)
    PHONES switch (ON/OFF)
    LINE OUT Jack with POWER Switch (Inserting a plug into the jack switches the power on).
    Power Supply AC Adaptor/6F22 (S-006P) battery x1 dual power source. (Recommended AC Adaptors: PA-D09,PA-1E,PA-3B)
    String Length 650 mm (25-9/16").
    Dimensions 965 x 365 x 80 mm (38" x 14-3/8" x 3-1/8") (with the left frame attached and to the end of the strap pin)
    Weight approximately 1.8 kg (3 lbs.15 oz.)
    Standard Accessories Stereo Earphones/AC adapter PA-D09/Soft Case
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YamahaSLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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    (13)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Travel (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Yamaha SLG130NW is great for practice--but great for gigging as well!

Heres the real reason I bought the SLG. I do not necessarily need a silent practice guitar as I live in a detached house. The bedrooms are far enough from my practice room that...Read complete review

Heres the real reason I bought the SLG. I do not necessarily need a silent practice guitar as I live in a detached house. The bedrooms are far enough from my practice room that there are no issues even in late-night practice. I perform weddings, cocktail hours and dinner parties as well as gallery openings and corporate events. I had been using a rather expensive luthier-built instrument with a stick-on contact microphone. Through my Bose L-1 Compact it sounds terrific, but the mic will sometimes pop off at the worst moment. Think about the marks on my French polished top! Also, even with the Bose, if I had to sit too close to the speakers, my guitar would risk howling. Couple this with the joy of having party-goers walking into me as they raise their glasses, and you can understand why I often had jitters with an expensive guitar. I always imagined it getting sat upon. I believe I could fight my way out of a major brawl with the SLG and still be in tune for another few pieces. Also, the Bose does not have reverb (are you listening Bose??? A reverb circuit could turn an already excellent product into the second coming!) I had to carry a separate preamp with tone controls and a reverb. Now with the SLG, I carry the L-1 and the guitar. Thats it. My footstool and cable fit in the outside compartment on the gig bag. Truly compact. The sound is just as good as the regular acoustic guitar and contact mic through an amp. In fact, I have a bit more latitude with the bass and treble controls on the SLG. It is a delight to play; the feel is very close to that of a regular guitar.
The silent guitar features a full ebony fingerboard width and scale-length that the majority of classical guitarists will find very familiar and comfortable. On-board electronics feature a master volume, bass and treble tone controls, two reverb settings, an echo setting and a chorus setting. (One reverb setting is subtle, the other quite wet. The echo is useful in a room that is live but where the guitarist might want a bit of something but not reverb. I cannot imagine too many classical players opting for the chorus.) There is also a volume control for the auxiliary input in case one wishes to play along with music-minus-one track source. There is an on/off switch that works with the headphones. For using an amplifier, a quarter inch monaural jack is present. Inserting a cable into the jack switched the instrument on and removing it turns it back off. This is more useful than just reading about it may imply. The instrument comes with a very nice set of 16:1 tuning machines that function very smoothly and quietly. A great feature is the removable upper side. Removing the side (very easy, just turn two ) produces a very small package that easily fits in to the very robust gig bag that comes standard with the SLG130NW. Ear bud-style headphones come with the guitar though I use my SONY noise canceling headphones for practice. The guitar will work with either the supplied 9 volt DC power supply that is included (and has its own compartment inside the gig bag.) It also can use a 9 volt battery and gets good long life even with the bargain store batteries I use.
This guitar, while light and nicely crafted, is still a very solid feeling item. I do believe it will live up to Yamahas sterling reputation. Another reviewer mentioned that the black die on the fingerboard came off on the fingers. I believe this may have been just a sample defect as I have used my SLG for two gigs that required (no kidding) non-stop playing for three hours and although I sweat profusely, I had no discoloration to my fingertips.
I'd buy this instrument at full list price. As it is, I bought mine through Musicuin's Friend so I know I got the best deal possible. The guitar paid for itself on two wedding gigs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Yamaha SLG130NW Silent Guitar

I purchased a new Yamaha SLG130NW Silent Guitar last week. The guitar is mostly OK in all respects, but is not all all suited to the serious classical guitarist. Yamaha informs that this...Read complete review

I purchased a new Yamaha SLG130NW Silent Guitar last week. The guitar is mostly OK in all respects, but is not all all suited to the serious classical guitarist. Yamaha informs that this guitar has a 52mm ebony wide neck, this is correct. However, the strings spacing at the Nut is only 8.2mm, and this is identical to the narrow neck SLG110N. A real classical guitar with a 52mm neck normally has a string spacing ranging from a minimum of 8.6mm to a max of 9mm, and the Yamaha specs for the 130NW fall well outside that. It appears that Yamaha has failed to realise that guitarists play with the string, not the fretboard! If you are a serious classical guitarist and do quite a lot of right hand work on the inner strings, this guitar is not at all suited. In any case, it you do not need a wide neck, the narrow neck version is actually much cheaper and will do exactly the same thing, as the string spacings are 100% identical. Therefore, whether you are a serious classical guitarist or not, there is absolutely no benefit or advantage to buy one of those.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

100% PERFECT, GOODDDDDDDDDDDDD SOUNDDDDDDDD

By MUSICO DE DIOS

from HARTFORD

Verified Buyer

Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

THIS GUITAR SOUND 100% PERFECT, VERY GOOD NECK.

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  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar Feel. Great Option for Live Performance

By Eddie R

from Atlanta GA

Pros

  • Acceptable for Live Performance with a Group
  • Conversation Piece (everyone asks about it)
  • Has a Warm, Acoustic Sound at Moderate Volumes

Cons

  • Needs Equalization to sound best
  • Needs Upgrading with Newer Yamaha Technology

Best Uses

  • Great for Air Travel

Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

I've used the SLG130NW model successfully over the last 5 years for finger-style jazz performance with groups and have no feedback at louder volumes (although the guitar sounds better to my ear at moderate volume and smaller venues). I would like to see Yamaha update and improve this model's electronics and piezo pick up to be similar if not better to the SLG200N model (which has a narrower non ebony neck). In the hands of a good player, this guitar is a good option. Needs a pre amp to add volume and equalization to sound better (i.e. warmer). The 2 inch wide neck feel with the ebony neck is very good. Of course, I prefer a real guitar for practicing, recording, solo, and duets in smaller, quieter listening friendly venues, but this is not practical when performing with louder drums, horns, and bass guitar performers in most situations in this country.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for practicing when quiet is required!

By Boxcar

from Olympia, WA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Neck
  • Truly Silent

Cons

  • Thin Body Depth

Best Uses

    Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

    I always worry that I am going to drive my wife crazy practicing the same pieces all the time. This guitar is the answer for those of you that need to practice loudly to get the tone out of your real classical or flamenco guitar and not bother anyone. You can practice in a library, or a nursery with sleeping babies. The neck is 650 mm and feels exactly like my Clarita. Only two very minor complaints - the earbuds suck - use headphones. And the body depth is rather thin which I easily adjust to, but others may not like it. I gave it five stars because it solved a problem I had - my guitar teacher said I played too quietly - I needed to play louder to get the tone out of my guitar. I've had this two weeks now and really love it!

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    • No

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good purchase

    By Player

    from Seattle

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

    product came on time and no problems with transaction. I would buy from them again

     
    5.0

    Love it !

    By ric

    from Pittsboro, NC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to play
    • Good sound
    • Great price for the quali

    Cons

    • Needs An Onboard Tuner

    Best Uses

    • Quiet - Obviously
    • Travel
    • Up-grade Playing

    Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

    I have been playing about 50 years and have owned a lot of different guitars. This one allows me to play so easily that my level of reading and playing more difficult sheet music has improved. A stick-on tuner works well but one built into the existing electronics would be a great addition.

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    • No

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent practice instrument.

    By Joseph Chambers

    from Kahului, Maui

    Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

    I purchased this in order to practice at the odd hours my work schedule allows without disturbing the wife. For this purpose the Silent Guitar is excellent. The neck and fretboard are a classical guitar's, requiring the same hand positions, stretches, etc. The build and component quality is also very good, and the device is solid (and a bit heavier than an acoustic instrument) in a classical position, with some finagling. It works better with a footstand than a cushion. The tone is good in the trebles but sounds amplified on the bass strings through headphones; the earbuds that come with the SG are worthless except at the gym. The soun is much better through quality cans. Run through an acoustic amp the tone is passable but wouldn't fool a blindfolded listener. And the effects sound quite artificial and out of place for this instrument. By the way, one can hear notes well enough to practice without plugging in. The gig bag is well designed and when disassembled the whole thing is slightly bigger than a squash raquet shoulder bag--very portable and so far no issues with damage in transport. It should be excellent for travel and I would feel safe stuffing it--carefully--in the top level of the overhead bin; as the headstock is angled and has only moderated padding, I doubt it would tolerate much external pressure. Overall I am very pleased and it has increased my practice time. That said, I still prefer to play my regular acoustic classical guitar by a large margin.

     
    5.0

    Hot Guitar!

    By dlrlco

    from Aurora, CO

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

    Serves the purpose it was designed for and goes way beyond. A unique design and beautifully made. I had the action adjusted and replaced the strings with normal tension for better playability. I love this guitar and own two other more traditional nylon string guitars, each made from different woods so they each have their own voice. This is one Musician"s Friend purchase that went right for me!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    In response to the 1 star review

    By Alex Aloha

    from Kaneohe, HI

    Pros

    • No Feedback On Stage
    • Portability
    • Quality
    • Silent Practice
    • Travel

    Cons

    • No built in tuner
    • Strap not included

    Best Uses

    • Silent Practice
    • Stage
    • Travel

    Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

    I would highly recommend this as a 2nd guitar. Nothing replaces a real classical nylon acoustic guitar, but after researching many different alternative travel guitars that cost anywhere from 1/4th the price to double the price of the Yamaha, this model was the clear winner for me in terms of price, looks, sound, quality, and features. Professional guitarists like Brian May can afford anything, but has used the Yamaha Silent Guitar on stage. My son has been playing for over 10 years and recognizes and prefers his classical guitar. But for school performances, a college dorm, camping, air travel, etc, he would much rather take the Yamaha (SLG130NW) with him. And if vanity matters, you will get a ton of attention and envy from others. Wonderful hybrid of a modern electric with the sound and feel more familiar to a classical guitarist. In terms of sound quality, the key factors will be the guitarist, the amp and settings, and the strings, in that order.

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    • No

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    gift for a high school senior

    By ALX111

    from Kaneohe, HI

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Balance
    • Quality
    • Size
    • Sound
    • Style

    Cons

    • No Onboard Tuner
    • Strap not included

    Best Uses

    • College
    • Travel

    Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

    Gift for my son headed for college. He's been playing classical guitar and has gone from 1/2 to 3/4 to a full size nylon acoustic. Wanted a guitar that he could easily fly with, practice at all hours, and was not too different in size, balance, and fingerboard feel as his full size classical acoustic.
    After researching all the other travel size guitars that cost anywhere between half to double the price, both online and locally, we decided the Yamaha SLG130NW had the best balance of features, quality, and cost.
    MF customer service, pricing, courtesy, speed was excellent. Guitar arrived well packed and in perfect shape. One of the best presents my son has ever received and many of his friends are envious of the practicality of this guitar. The only negative comment from my son is that he misses the natural vibration from the back of his guitar as he plays.
    Note that we had seen and played Yamaha's steel string version, and this nylon wide version has a nicer Ebony (vs. Rosewood) fingerboard and a few more aesthetic details in the finish.
    Bought a Roland Micro-Cube 3W Combo amp for its portability, features, and value. It's a really fun amp for this guitar; no regrets; but if you want the guitar to sound as close to a real nylon classical, I'd recommend a higher end amp that's intended for acoustic guitar. The best advice would be to go to a music store and try out various amps with this guitar.
    Normally I would never buy a musical instrument online partly to support the local stores and partly to 'test drive' the feel and sound. But none of our local stores carry this model and as an electrical factory made instrument, I doubt there is much variation in this model from a company like Yamaha.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Travel Guitar

    By DB

    from Tempe,AZ

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Style Silent Guitar:

        Great sounds through headphones. I can't wait to do some direct recording. Easy to take along. Minimal volume without amp.

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