Submitted April 2, 2018 by Bruce Shaffstall in Elyria, OH
"Best Playability and Tone for $500 in the store"
Every so often I have to at least pretend I need a new Guitar. While pretending last month, I decided on a Yamaha TransAcoustic, and ordered a red one in Buffalo NY. Since I currently own Taylor, DN-3, and 214 CE, Godin, 5th ave Kingpin and A6Ultra, TaK EF381SC 12 String, and Current Favorite Epiphone Masterbuilt 500MCE, I had a great group to base a comparison with. The Yamaha's built in Chorus and Reverb quickly became a non factor, and the Tone and Feel of the TransAcoustic, made me want to return the Guitar, which I did after about 4 weeks. I went back in the Acoustic room for 2 hours, and surprise, came back out with the Yamaha A1M. Reason for this choice was based on 75% Playability and feel. It was pretty much the only guitar in the Less expensive Area, other than Epiphone 500mce that had the correct set-up and "Feel" of a more expensive Taylor or Martin. I have done Open Mic and this guitar is close to the more expensive guitars I have in plugged in tone and equal in Playability. Great value!
Since 12, 1961, Professionally, including Musicians Union & booked by American Talent, 65-68, and Managed by Mark Bargar,
Late 50's and 60's British Evasion, Paul Anka, Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton, Neil Sedaka, etc.
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