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Introducing the Yamaha GL1 Guitalele! Half guitar, half ukulele…100% fun. A unique mini 6-string nylon guitar that is sized like a baritone ukulele (17” scale) and plays like a standard tune guitar. The guitalele’s tuning is pitched up to “A” (or up a 4th) at A/D/G/C/E/A. Basically, a classical guitar with capo on fifth and much smaller body.
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I bought one 15 years ago in Indonesia and it accompanied me for 3 months backpacking through Asia strapped to my backpack. Happy memories.
Before Christmas my mother, who has quite advanced dementia, broke a leg and I spent three weeks at her bedside giving her the 1-2-1 care hospital staff would like to, but can't for very practical reasons. I took my guitar in a couple of times, because music's a big part of what keeps me sane and her connected to the world in some way. But it's not always fair on other people in the ward to make much noise, and it can be a real pain -- especially as a pedestrian -- lugging a full sized guitar around on the off chance you might get chance to play it for a while.

I very nearly bought a ukulele, because it's easy to carry, not very loud, and not such an obvious statement of intent. But I have enough trouble with my stubborn fingers as it is, and learning a different set of strings/tunings put me off. This, however, is ideal. So I hope that buying one of these will be my lucky talisman... hopefully it'll hang on the wall for years, waiting for the next time Mum's luck runs out!

Or maybe it'll become my new loo guitar. We spend a lot of time in there waiting for things to happen, and there's not much elbow room. I wonder if Dave Gilmour or Mark Knopfler have loo guitars? I'm guessing it might just be me. :-)
They really are great for a child learning to play. They stay in tune (tune to A standard) and are miles better than those cheap 3/4 classical beasts. Also fine for noodling on the couch or travelling. Great price.
sircoynie01/01/2020 23:14

Same price on amazon.Yamaha Acoustic Guitalele, GL1 - A hybrid between …Same price on amazon.Yamaha Acoustic Guitalele, GL1 - A hybrid between guitar and ukulele (70 cm) with 6 Strings (3 nylon/3 metal wound, commonly known as a nylon string set) and Fitted Yamaha Gigbag - Natural https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000RVYMWE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_UEsdEb48NYEEG


The way Amazon treat the people who pick products is pretty appalling in this country. If Guitar Guitar doesn't have similar business practices I'd go with them.
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I bought one 15 years ago in Indonesia and it accompanied me for 3 months backpacking through Asia strapped to my backpack. Happy memories.
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I own this in Persimmon color, quite nice for its price.
They really are great for a child learning to play. They stay in tune (tune to A standard) and are miles better than those cheap 3/4 classical beasts. Also fine for noodling on the couch or travelling. Great price.
Can these be tuned to standard E tuning?
ChrisProud01/01/2020 15:26

I bought one 15 years ago in Indonesia and it accompanied me for 3 months …I bought one 15 years ago in Indonesia and it accompanied me for 3 months backpacking through Asia strapped to my backpack. Happy memories.


Same price on amazon.

Yamaha Acoustic Guitalele, GL1 - A hybrid between guitar and ukulele (70 cm) with 6 Strings (3 nylon/3 metal wound, commonly known as a nylon string set) and Fitted Yamaha Gigbag - Natural amazon.co.uk/dp/…EEG
sircoynie01/01/2020 23:14

Same price on amazon.Yamaha Acoustic Guitalele, GL1 - A hybrid between …Same price on amazon.Yamaha Acoustic Guitalele, GL1 - A hybrid between guitar and ukulele (70 cm) with 6 Strings (3 nylon/3 metal wound, commonly known as a nylon string set) and Fitted Yamaha Gigbag - Natural https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000RVYMWE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_UEsdEb48NYEEG


The way Amazon treat the people who pick products is pretty appalling in this country. If Guitar Guitar doesn't have similar business practices I'd go with them.
Mutton_Man01/01/2020 22:34

Can these be tuned to standard E tuning?


I put some D'Addario Pro-Arte strings on mine (normal tension I think) and tried it with a standard E tuning. It was playable but a little loose. I've settle with with the low string around G. Plays very nicely.
Half guitar
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Mutton_Man01/01/2020 22:34

Can these be tuned to standard E tuning?


Yes, that's how I have setup mine. Keep in mind, the strings will be quite floppy and you might get some buzz because of that, unless you fit in thicker/high tension strings. But it's totally doable.
Edited by: "yomanation" 2nd Jan
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Is this a good intro guitar for adults?

(I've never played one but really want to learn this year)
deleted225293002/01/2020 16:42

Is this a good intro guitar for adults?(I've never played one but really …Is this a good intro guitar for adults?(I've never played one but really want to learn this year)


I can recommend the yamaha full size acoustic of amazon, just get the cheapest one its great
Mutton_Man01/01/2020 22:34

Can these be tuned to standard E tuning?


Like a guitar, you can tune it to any tuning you want. You may need to get different gauge strings, but you definitely can tune it however you want.
xstrio02/01/2020 16:55

I can recommend the yamaha full size acoustic of amazon, just get the …I can recommend the yamaha full size acoustic of amazon, just get the cheapest one its great


Yeah just get an F310 dreadnought.. around £100 online but easy to find a good example used for circa £50 and a few quid for new set of strings
Before Christmas my mother, who has quite advanced dementia, broke a leg and I spent three weeks at her bedside giving her the 1-2-1 care hospital staff would like to, but can't for very practical reasons. I took my guitar in a couple of times, because music's a big part of what keeps me sane and her connected to the world in some way. But it's not always fair on other people in the ward to make much noise, and it can be a real pain -- especially as a pedestrian -- lugging a full sized guitar around on the off chance you might get chance to play it for a while.

I very nearly bought a ukulele, because it's easy to carry, not very loud, and not such an obvious statement of intent. But I have enough trouble with my stubborn fingers as it is, and learning a different set of strings/tunings put me off. This, however, is ideal. So I hope that buying one of these will be my lucky talisman... hopefully it'll hang on the wall for years, waiting for the next time Mum's luck runs out!

Or maybe it'll become my new loo guitar. We spend a lot of time in there waiting for things to happen, and there's not much elbow room. I wonder if Dave Gilmour or Mark Knopfler have loo guitars? I'm guessing it might just be me. :-)
fatabelly02/01/2020 17:54

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To be fair I think he was referring to the durability of the item.
supermann01/01/2020 23:48

The way Amazon treat the people who pick products is pretty appalling in …The way Amazon treat the people who pick products is pretty appalling in this country. If Guitar Guitar doesn't have similar business practices I'd go with them.


I used to hear this from everyone and every time someone mentioned the name. Missus now works for them and says this is a load of crap and not true at all.
Thanks for posting, we have added this to the Highlights section
Andrew_McP02/01/2020 18:41

Before Christmas my mother, who has quite advanced dementia, broke a leg …Before Christmas my mother, who has quite advanced dementia, broke a leg and I spent three weeks at her bedside giving her the 1-2-1 care hospital staff would like to, but can't for very practical reasons. I took my guitar in a couple of times, because music's a big part of what keeps me sane and her connected to the world in some way. But it's not always fair on other people in the ward to make much noise, and it can be a real pain -- especially as a pedestrian -- lugging a full sized guitar around on the off chance you might get chance to play it for a while.I very nearly bought a ukulele, because it's easy to carry, not very loud, and not such an obvious statement of intent. But I have enough trouble with my stubborn fingers as it is, and learning a different set of strings/tunings put me off. This, however, is ideal. So I hope that buying one of these will be my lucky talisman... hopefully it'll hang on the wall for years, waiting for the next time Mum's luck runs out!Or maybe it'll become my new loo guitar. We spend a lot of time in there waiting for things to happen, and there's not much elbow room. I wonder if Dave Gilmour or Mark Knopfler have loo guitars? I'm guessing it might just be me. :-)



Might be worth checking out Yamaha's Silent Guitars.

Acoustic sound (regular or classical, both are available) with none of the noise to disturb others. The size of a full electric but Very portable too (it dismantles in to 2 pieces with a smart travel case)

There are plenty of rave reviews about them.

I have one and they are great.
Edited by: "Rhoobarb" 3rd Jan
Interesting concept. I mean I was figuring just plug in an electric if you want a quiet guitar, but the demos I heard of these sound pretty close to acoustics! The ones I’ve seen are not cheap though.
deleted225293002/01/2020 16:42

Is this a good intro guitar for adults?(I've never played one but really …Is this a good intro guitar for adults?(I've never played one but really want to learn this year)


No. You are better off with a standard type guitar. Typically an electric guitar is the easiest to start with. It’s very much worthwhile to visit a guitar shop and take some advice. There’s always the temptation to buy something dead cheap but even seasoned guitarists can find cheap guitars difficult to play. A guitar shop should be able to offer you something decent and affordable.
JamesSmith03/01/2020 01:43

Interesting concept. I mean I was figuring just plug in an electric if you …Interesting concept. I mean I was figuring just plug in an electric if you want a quiet guitar, but the demos I heard of these sound pretty close to acoustics! The ones I’ve seen are not cheap though.



They sound fantastic. The only downside is that you can't play 'unplugged' with them. You need at least a pair of standard headphones.

But then, if they did play unplugged, they wouldn't be silent.

Price wise you can pick one up for the same price as a low to mid-range Yamaha electro-acoustic. I paid about £350 for my SLG-200S as a mint condition factory refurb.

I have seen them cheaper on ebay, etc. The older SLG-100 series are even cheaper.
Edited by: "Rhoobarb" 3rd Jan
Rhoobarb03/01/2020 09:15

They sound fantastic. The only downside is that you can't play 'unplugged' …They sound fantastic. The only downside is that you can't play 'unplugged' with them. You need at least a pair of standard headphones.But then, if they did play unplugged, they wouldn't be silent. Price wise you can pick one up for the same price as a low to mid-range Yamaha electro-acoustic. I paid about £350 for my SLG-200S as a mint condition factory refurb.I have seen them cheaper on ebay, etc. The older SLG-100 series are even cheaper.


I do some work for a co providing music equipment for education, we don’t normally touch Yamaha but going to check these out as they would be perfect for silent rehearsals which some schools are very keen on! Never heard or seen these before..
JamesSmith03/01/2020 11:11

I do some work for a co providing music equipment for education, we don’t n …I do some work for a co providing music equipment for education, we don’t normally touch Yamaha but going to check these out as they would be perfect for silent rehearsals which some schools are very keen on! Never heard or seen these before..


They are worth checking out in person to hear the sound quality from them.

They also work well with FX pedals and normal combo amps. I have mine plugged in to a Boss GT 001 and a Roland Cube 80, and it sounds awesome with some of the effects. I have had it plugged into a Mackie DL32R desk and out to some big Mackie active speakers and it sounded great. And no feedback troubleshooting.

Not many people have heard of them. Yamaha do a range of silent instruments, not just guitars.

And because many people haven't seen them before, they do have a certain wow factor and generate a lot of interest and questions.

I am curious as to why you don't touch Yamaha? Their guitars are considered by many to be one of the best guitars for quality/price.

And no, I am not a Yamaha rep
Edited by: "Rhoobarb" 3rd Jan
What the best app or method to learn guitar for an adult?
Thanks
These are fun but a real guitar is much better, I prefer them to a Uke but then I can't sing so its the sound of the instrument that is more important. For finger picking they work okay and they are are lot of fun for the price.

If you want to learn properly I really recommend going to a shop and trying a few out, ideally you want to spend at least 100 quid and if you don't sing electric can be a lot more fun as you can play silently with headphones. Electrics are also easier to play than steel string acoustics which shred your fingers and you can still play chords like an acoustic.

Internet is full of stuff for learning there are loads of people on Youtube so you can just pick one that suits your style. JustinGuitar has a really good course on his web site and some other guys like "Andy Guitar", "Marty Music", Papastache, TheArt-of-guitar, samuraiguitarist all worth a look. Fender have a subscription based app with tons of beiginner vids and courses which looks excellent and there is a great guitar learning game on PC/Mac/Consoles called Rocksmith which can detect what notes you are playing.
I struggle so much to play guitar
Don't let the size put you off people!

I've been playing for 20+ years and have 11 guitars. With having two young children you don't always get the time to have a quick jam but THIS is the guitar that gets played most, from learning a quick riff or playing the kids to sleep. I've even played it in the car whilst being a family taxi! (And shamefully admitting, it's the perfect size for a quick toilet break time out) I have recently purchased two Yamaha acoustics as the sound and quality of the brand are fantastic.
If your a seasoned guitarist or a beginner you won't be disappointed.
If mine got damaged I wouldn't think twice of purchasing another.
Just get one!
Edited by: "RichieRahh" 5th Jan
marcio.demenezes03/01/2020 15:53

What the best app or method to learn guitar for an adult?Thanks


Try learning TAB method. Helped me out so much back in the day!
Rhoobarb03/01/2020 12:59

They are worth checking out in person to hear the sound quality from …They are worth checking out in person to hear the sound quality from them.They also work well with FX pedals and normal combo amps. I have mine plugged in to a Boss GT 001 and a Roland Cube 80, and it sounds awesome with some of the effects. I have had it plugged into a Mackie DL32R desk and out to some big Mackie active speakers and it sounded great. And no feedback troubleshooting.Not many people have heard of them. Yamaha do a range of silent instruments, not just guitars.And because many people haven't seen them before, they do have a certain wow factor and generate a lot of interest and questions.I am curious as to why you don't touch Yamaha? Their guitars are considered by many to be one of the best guitars for quality/price.And no, I am not a Yamaha rep


The trade requirements are onerous, a retail premises with display is required IIRC (we are mail order with studios), and there's next to no profit margin for small to medium size businesses.

That said I'm pushing a few options including the F310 for the customers sake. Will also look at these silent guitars. Not so keen on the tech side but their guitars, at least at the budget end of the market, they are hard to beat.

I also own a 1980s Japanese built Yamaha BB400 bass which truly begets the phrase "They don't build them like they used to!". Had that for 20+ years but a great one to pick up on the used market.. undervalued, people don't realise what they are! Was a studio staple p-bass back in the day that outclassed the Fender..

Very interesting comments thanks!
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