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Admittedly, I do have a soft spot for Yamaha acoustics as I learned to play on one. NOw I am old and grey(ing) I still have 4 in the house which is a testament to how much I value them. This is one of the prettiest of the Yamaha guitars. Curvy and sensual, this is just begs to be picked up and played.
Yamaha make a range of instruments which start at the lower price range for beginners, right up to expensive and deluxe models. This one would be classed as a "posh beginner" or "mid-range" guitar.
This is not only easy on the eye but well constructed too. The shape and size is what is known as a jumbo style guitar, featuring a fat and curvy shape with a depth to the body that allows the sound to resonate out of the instrument with ease.
The Yamaha L series feature a new improved bracing design to assist in the provision of a rich tone that is clear and resonant. The new brace design typically delivers the vibration of the strings around the instrument more efficiently, causing a deeper bass response. The overall tone on this guitar is very full and well balanced.
Yamaha typically use good quality hardware on their instruments and this is no exception. This beauty features vintage brass tuners giving the guitar a classic feel and vibe. The tuners are well constructed, look great and hold the strings effectively. The hardwood bridge is carved from a good quality rosewood and has a bigger profile than previous Yamaha models which affects the surface tone positively. It has a low profile which does not get in the way when strumming or finger-picking. nothing more annoying that catching your sleeve in the bridge!
The neck is carved from a laminated piece of hardwood which has two layers of Padauk ( which is a very hard wood used for marimbas) and three layers of A grade mahogany. The neck shape is again low profile making it easy to play right up the fingerboard. The top is an A grade solid spruce with a regular and tight grain and it features a solid rosewood back and sides.
I mainly use this guitar for fingerstyle and picking but it is equally happy being hammered with chords. The action is easy and fluid right up the frets and the intonation is true. It is easy to play standing or seated and weighs in at around 10kg.
Summary: A beautiful guitar that sounds as lovely as it looks. It has a truly impressive range of harmonics and is well crafted. Expect to pay £640 or thereabouts new. Recommended.