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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele Ukulele Guitar with Gig Bag

Yamaha GL1 Guitalele Ukulele Guitar with Gig Bag

Play a truly unique instrument. The Yamaha GL1 Guitalele combines a ukulele with the full 6-strings of a standard guitar.

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Submitted September 19, 2013 by tom samarati in santa rosa, CA
"Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele"
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The Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele is a delightful little 6 string instrument if you do not expect too much for your $99. It's somewhat better made than a toy guitar which it resembles. The 17" string scale makes for a small instrument with frets that are just about too close together for a guitar player. This string scale is 2" shorter than a baritone ukulele. Basically this is a guitar with a capo at the fifth fret. As shipped from the factory my guitalele was barely playable. The action was ridiculously high, almost 3/8" at the 12th fret. I sanded down the bridge so that the action was decent. Had to change out the strings for a good brand. The fit and finish of the wood components is barely competent. Mine has obvious glue overrun on the neck joint at the top of the body, & the binding on the back has a 1/4" void. The tuners are decent, but the guitalele goes out of tune pretty quickly - Not from tuner slippage but string stretch. With such a short scale the classical guitar nylon strings go out of tune even with minimal stretch and vigorous strumming exacerbates the problem. Tone wise the guitalele is not an award winner. I'd compare the tone to many of the other nylon string ukuleles available at about this price point. The Yamaha sounds like a 6 string Kala tenor uke. My Raymond Rapozo koa ukulele blows the Yamaha away tonaly, but the Rapozo is a $800 instrument. The Guitalele intonation is okay. With my clip on Snark tuner the 12th fret harmonic comes within 5 cents at all 6 strings. The saddle is compensated at the 2nd & 3rd strings. I bought the Yamaha Guitalele for airplane travel trips. It's small enough to slip under a coach airplane seat. I will not check any of my guitars into baggage and airlines won't let me put a standard size guitar into the overhead bins anymore - So to keep my guitar chops while away from home, the guitalele was a compromise. If mine got broken or stolen would I purchase another? Maybe... I'd probably bite the purchase price bullet and purchase a Taylor Baby instead.
Musical Background:
Guiat player since 1960
Musical Style:
Jazz, Americana, Blues, rock
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Submitted September 13, 2016 by Greg S in Los Angeles, CA
"Great for practice"
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At first I wanted to return it because I didn't think I'd use it but i ended up keeping it. It has good intonation and is fun to play when i am not home. I love the portability of this instrument and it sounds great. A little muddy if you strum all six strings really hard but for fingerstyle it is amazing. Sounds alot like a uke. The neck on mine had a bad finish but then again I just use this to practice my scales so it doesn't bug me. It may have been made by an 9 year old in an indonesian sweatshop but man this is a fun little thing to have around!
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Producer, Amateur Guitarist, Songwriter
Musical Style:
Psychedelic
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