Just like the LL16 series we have raved about, but with a layered back and side wood for more of a durable“road worthy” and value based instrument. Still a good solid top though (which is where 80% of your sound comes from) and all other specs are on par concerning quality and craftsmanship. We are completely blown away by the raw power and tone.
When we first became a Yamaha dealer we didn’t know what quite to expect exactly. We were already big fans of their old “Red Label” guitars from the late 60’s, and we knew they made great student model guitars for all styles of players interested in acoustic music in general. But how well was some of their nicer offerings going to stack up in our high demand “bluegrass world?” Our findings are very positive to say the least. We got in several of these “LL” series guitars and virtually sold all of them initially before even getting them listed on the site. I (Jake) even bought one of these gems to compliment my other guitars.
It’s just crazy how much tone and volume this guitar produces, especially for the price, and how the sound fills the room. It is dry and well balanced from note to note as well, and every little subtlety is conveyed with the slightest touch of the string. And it plays sooo easy (especially after our professional touch). The feel of the neck is superb and the fret work is impeccable.
The craftsmanship is way way up there. Well beyond most any guitars in this price range. Fit and finish are awesome, and the sunburst on this one is incredibly fetching. The look is very nice and the appointments are well done...but the real star of the hour is the structural parts of the guitar. Layered mahogany back and sides, solid Engleman spruce top with their acoustic resonance enhancement treatment (think torrefied/aged), mahogany neck with double rosewood reinforcement strips, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and their special “C” block style neck block to prevent neck angle shifting over the years. They really thought of everything. Not only does it play and sound right up there with the best of them in this range, but it’s built in a way to last many decades.
AND!!! If all that weren’t enough, this guitar also features their “zero impact” pickup system which is designed to produce a very natural tone (similar in design to K&K) and also leaves the natural tone of the guitar unaffected when not plugged in. And it works on all fronts brilliantly.
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Modified Dreadnought Design
Solid Engelmann Spruce Top
A.R.E. Aging Technology
Mahogany Back & Sides
5-Ply Mahogany & Rosewood Neck
SRT Zero Impact Passive Pickup
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