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Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele Natural 

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  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Meranti
  • Side/Rib: Meranti
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      Ukulele sound, but plays like a standard guitar.

      The Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele is half guitar, half ukulele, and 100% fun. A unique mini 6-string nylon guitar that is sized like a baritone ukulele (17" scale) and plays like a standard tuned guitar. The guitalele's tuning is pitched up to A (or up a 4th) at A/D/G/C/E/A. Includes gig bag.

      Features

      • Top: Spruce
      • Back: Meranti
      • Side/Rib: Meranti
      • Neck: Nato
      • Finger Board: Sonokeling
      • Bridge: Sonokeling
      • Includes gig bag

      No need to relearn chords with this one. Order today.

       

      GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele Specifications:

      • Body Depth: 2 13/16"-2 13/16" (70-70 mm)
      • Finger Board Width (Nut/Body): 1 7/8" (48 mm)
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      YamahaGL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele
       
      4.3

      (based on 50 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (26)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (18)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (2)

      96%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Fun to play (24)
      • Good feel (16)
      • Good audio (13)
      • Consistent (10)
      • Stays in tune (10)

      Cons

      • Requires constant tuning (4)

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (18)
      • Jamming (13)
      • Recording (10)
      • Small venues (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (20), Novice (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Yamaha Guitarlele Review

      I love my guitarlele.
      Like all Yamaha products, the guitarlele is well constructed.
      There were minor imperfections in the wood materials used on my guitarlele, but there were no construction...Read complete review

      I love my guitarlele.
      Like all Yamaha products, the guitarlele is well constructed.
      There were minor imperfections in the wood materials used on my guitarlele, but there were no construction flaws. Many have commented on the strings. Mine arrived with good quality, normal tension classical guitar strings, and they are coated. After many months of playing, the wound strings have the usual fret wear, but have not shown any discoloration at all, and they still sound true.
      I don't know of any price-point competitive product.

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      Set your expectations low and you won't be disappointed

      Based on the reviews I read, Im really shocked at the poor quality and sound. They must be making these guitarleles cheaper now then back when those favorable reviews were written.
      The...Read complete review

      Based on the reviews I read, Im really shocked at the poor quality and sound. They must be making these guitarleles cheaper now then back when those favorable reviews were written.
      The sound is dull and does not sound like a ukulele in spite of the body being the size of a tenor uke. It does not project at all and sounds like a kids toy guitar tuned up to A.
      The overall fit and finish is terrible. The cutouts in the headstock are rough with sawdust visible under the satin finish. The finish over the entire neck and body is also rough because of particles of dust throughout the finish. These are not sprayed in a dust-free clean room.
      The edge of the fretboard is gouged like it went through a planer against the grain. The fretwork is marginal. The tuning pegs are junk. The faux binding is pitted.
      The manufacturer slopped glue on the top when the bridge was set. They tried to scrap is off and then sand it with either a fine grit sandpaper or steel wool. There were five spots around the bridge, each about the size of a quarter, and each very visible. The scraping/sanding was not in the direction of the grain either. Each spot is a different direction. At best, the instrument I received would be considered B-stock with significant cosmetic flaws.
      This instrument truly is on par with a toy guitar and should be selling for $30 at Toys R Us. Im sad to see Yamaha puts its name on the headstock.

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      4.0

      Gl-1 Yamaha guitalele

      By guitarman

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Ok For Ukelele Style

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

      for the price range item seems decent, harder to form your guitar chords with smaller spaced frets and such....decided it wasn't something I had to have but like the guitar chords feature, just transpose your key level to match guitar and it is a good way to accompany and get the ukulele sound

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      5.0

      As fun as it gets!

      By jrsyrich

      from bethel park, pa

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Portable
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        This guitar is well made, sounds great and is a blast to play. Comes with a great case so you can easily take anywhere. Highly recommend.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice little crossover instrument

        By Nancy Wilson

        from Jacksonville FL

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Portability

        Cons

        • Low Volume Fingerstyle

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Got a sunburst model recently, and fairly satisfied. As mostly a classical guitar player, I personally wouldn't want the neck any more narrow as the Cordoba is said to have.

        I bought it largely as a small practice guitar, and still wondering if a 1/2 sized guitar- bigger- might be better. The higher sound is attractive though and I'm having some fun with it.

        It IS small. The bouts are 7 and 9", and the body length is 12". I find myself practicing written sheet pieces while watching televison. Much less stress than formal practice with the big guitar- I'm gettin old!

        All the guitar chords and written sheet music transfers right over, even if transposed up otherwise- all chords are actually then the IV chord of the corresponding guitar chord. But if you're playing alone, what does it matter? For recording or playing with others, just be aware of what key you're actually really playing.

        Just been getting into ukulele and love the sound.
        Don't expect a large voluime of sound here, yet it has a sweeet little sound, that strums nicely especially. And very nice for renaissance or celtic styles.

        I find myself playing more delicately- and that should help when I go back to the larger guitar. I think it is more "small guitar" than "tenor uke with two more strings". The string spacing is minimal- and easier for a gutarist to pick up than a uke player probably.

        The strings are more like regular classical guitar strings than nylgut ukulele strings, yet those are available otherwise, and I may try some if I wear these down.

        The Yamaha quality is solid as you'd expect, though the wood is really more like laminate- non-porous, and smooth. As for the sound, I have no other examples to compare it to. I'd rather have a smaller peg board and tuners, but that's not a big deal- there are some like that that cost much more. A more porous wood would probably give more rtesonance and a sweeter sound.

        Generally I'm pretty happy with it, mostly as a practice and portable guitar.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Comes with a soft case!

        By SavvysDad

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comes With Soft Case
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Case Wasn't Mentioned
        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        This was a gift for my daughter who had played one in a store. The store only had the blonde version, so having extra color options was a surprise. She loved the gift. I was a little bothered by the finish quality up by the tuners as the cut-outs were very rough and unsanded, but that didn't affect the sound. Since the included lightweight case wasn't mentioned in the description, I ended up ordering one as well, which kind of ticked me off. Yes, the case I bought is more padded and has a shoulder strap (the included one is thin and simply has a handle), but if I had known, I probably would not have bought an additional one.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele

        By Sonoma-Valley-Tom

        from Kenwood, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

        • Requires Constant Tuning

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        The Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele is a delightful little 6 string instrument if you do not expect too much. 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 costs 8 times more.

        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.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fun!

        By Sturdy

        from Tulsa, OK

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

          Really fun to play and a great price.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good stuff

          By Lucky Duck

          from Kenton Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

            MAde well holds tune and is fun to play !!!

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            MY UPDATED REVIEW

            By RONALD A

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good For Learning

            Cons

            • A Bit Tiny

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

              When I bought this a year ago I had a very negative review of this. I HATED IT!. OK things are different. I am self taught 3 years. When I bought this I wanted a guitar smaller than my 3/4 size. I wanted to use this for practice anywhere. Fact is the thing is small. If you have tiny fingers this would be perfect. I have small fingers but not thin fingers so this instrument will let you do barre chords in the first few frets. It is too small to do good barres but it is kinda fun to play
              NOW that I am trying to learn the notes on the fretboard and to play individual notes, I love this. It is really made for people who can do lead or classical and know individual notes. Strunning is good but barre chords are a nightmare. simple Em Am C G are good on this. The F barre is hard for me to play,
              I am using this when I sit on the sofa. I can practice my scales and have no problem playing it. IT is a good learning tool. It is also fun and so cute how it looks. I gave this to a guy who plays lead in a band. his fingers and hands are huge YET he was able to go all over the fretboard and play really well. HE loved it. So for the price This is something to own in your collection. All my other guitars are steel string #11 and #12 bronze. This guit has nylon strings and is fun. YES BUY IT

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              4.0

              i tried it and want one..

              By JackApple

              from Janesville,WI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Its Yamaha
              • Nice Price
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

              • Tuning Alittle

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

              id have to say this is A COOL instrument..and i know it just came out last year i belive..i like to get one for practice and the face the fretboard is wide which is what i like alot in a guitar...hopefully they make more colors like black n etc..all in all its an ok instrument :)

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Replace saddle with Tusq; Martin strings

              By Ken W in Portland, OR

              from Portland, OR

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Guitar Chording
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • Benefits From Set-up

              Best Uses

              • Folk
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues
              • Travel
              • Worship

              Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

              The tone was mediocre. I replaced the strings with Martin classical guitar strings (very affordable), before I ever tried to play it. I replaced the saddle with bone, but the tone was not great. I just replaced the saddle with Tusq ("Martin style 3/32"), and the tone seems much better. This thing now sounds like what I would expect with a solid top instrument! Order the Tusq saddle and Martin strings when you order the guitelele, and you should be happy!. (Hint: use the old saddle as a guide as to length and height of the new one.)

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