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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.

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 59 reviews)

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    (21)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (25)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good audio (14)
  • Consistent (13)
  • Stays in tune (11)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (23)
  • Jamming (14)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Novice (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice little crossover instrument

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.
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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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Yamaha GL-1 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...Read complete review

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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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha Guitarlele Review

By Gary--A5gE

from NJ, USA

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Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

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.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love my GL1

By Pallius

from Arvada, CO

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Durable
  • Excellent Craftsmanship
  • Great Intonation
  • Great Sound
  • Highly Responsive
  • Strung Like A Guitar

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Having Fun
    • Performance

    Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

    I bought my GL1 and am very happy with it. Its small size and light weight make it super portable and it doesn't crowd a room if I don't put it away - less nagging from my spouse. I love the tone, it sounds like happy.

    (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Set your expectations low and you won't be disappointed

    By Uke enthusiast

    from Chicago, IL

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    Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

    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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice little crossover instrument

    By hartatax

    from florida

    About Me Experienced

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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.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele

    By Sonoma-Valley-Tom

    from Kenwood, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    More of a ukutar than guitalele

    By Joe Ed

    from Nashville TN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Had a loose brace and a slightly twisted neck upon arrival, so was returned. The neck probably would've been ok, and the brace was probably knocked loose in shipping, so don't be afraid to order one. Fret to fret distance shorter than a tenor uke, but fun to play. The tone is more uke-like than guitar-like, so if you're thinking it's a little guitar you'll be disappointed. What it is, tho, is lots of fun!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        THE LITTLE MUSIC MAKER

        By Bill Buxton

        from Arizona

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        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        I read a few negative remarks before I got it but once I played it , they weren't very substancial , I keep mine in my service truck & basically Jam anytime my heart desires .., Others enjoy it too while I play & want to know where I got it from ..
        Good Construction , tight strings okay..
        Mine arrived almost in tune ! In Arizona on a warm day which was kinda strange , loose strings would be much better during shipping.. Construction I found to be somewhat equal to a martin mini with similarities in laminate... If your somewhat starting out on the guitar or have fat fingers don't even bother with this one , the frets are much smaller than average. Overall quality is excellant..
        Alot of bang for the buck ! Well worth the price ! Better than the backpacker !

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Yamaha guitarlele

        By Too old to pick

        from Alabama

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        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Try to get a used one via Musiciansfriend or borrow one from a friend. I have all 3 items mentioned in this review and use them every day.
        Good quality w/ 6 strings. Rather subdued sound when playing. Compared to a Rogue Baritone RU20 guitarlele is a little better. Once I adjusted the Rogue strings down by sanding it played well. Compared to a Lanikai Baritone S-B, solid spruce top the guitarlele fell short by a lot. I tuned the guitarlele up a third and tried it up a fourth (recommended). The E chord gave a banjo type sound. Either way it was pretty good. Didn't have to adjust yamaha guitarlele or Lanikai S-B at all. If you're broke the Rogue RU20 will suffice.
        Good construction but low volume w/ standard strings.
        The price is a little high, but look to youtube. Some people can play the guitarlele well.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Replace saddle with Tusq; Martin strings

        By KenW 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.)

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gig Bag

        By alex draxler

        from New York

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        If you are looking for a fun uke sounding instrument that you can take to travel with that still lets you apply you're basic guitar chords with this is the guitar for you. The first three strings are actually steel string normal acoustic strings and the last three are nylon.. strings are a little off but they're cheap to get some new ones so no worries. Comes with a nice bag and is a very high quality instrument which I will definitely be taking to cape cod in a week!!
        Comes with gig bag with no pockets, padding, and zips along bottom and slides in.
        Quality is a lot better than what you would expect from a guitar at this price point. Strings are a little bad but, its better to buy new ones.
        Incredible value... its like baby taylor or little martin for cheap and it a lot more fun!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's a uke sound, but you play it like a guitar.

        By Gavin Ivester

        from Nashville

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        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        Probably the most pleasant surprise is that because of its sound-- strings, scale length, tuning, soundboard response, etc-- you can really play it differently than you would a guitar and it sounds cool in its own right. Moody, even, if you want it to be. I'm having a lot of fun just exploring how to play it rather than just playing my guitar-based songs on it in the same way.

        I'm inspired by it!
        I really like it, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to play something like this but isn't going to apply guitar connoisseur scrutiny to its build.

        It's not a mini guitar. It sounds like a uke.

        It's not just a uke with a couple more strings. You play it differently.
        It's fine. Some tiny flaws if you look closely. Don't expect a custom, luthier-built instrument and you won't be disappointed. I like high-end guitars and appreciate fine craftsmanship, but for what this is, there is not one thing wrong with it. I'm happy.
        Great way to add a new sound and experience to your quiver.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Trouble with mine!

        By susan boland

        from ebensburg pa

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Intonation
        • Great Sound
        • I Love The Small Size

        Cons

        • Same String Keeps Breakin
        • Wears Easily

        Best Uses

        • As a toy
        • I Use It At Work
        • Jam Sessions
        • Performance
        • Practice

        Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

        I own 2 of these instruments, and play for kids at my daycare

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        MY UPDATED REVIEW

        By RONALD A

        from Los Angeles

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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

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Buy!!!

          By Cookinho

          from Minneapolis

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

            This is a great guitar for a lot of different uses. I've jammed with this at parties, used it for a quick practice when I don't want to go get my full-size guitar and brought it camping.

            I've used it to play blues, some simple acoustic stuff and practice Latin stuff on it, but I have been using it for Brazilian music. It's got a great middle ground between a guitar and a ukulele or cavaquinho. Or it can just be a different sound that you add to a quieter acoustic track

            I would recommend this to anyone.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Better than a baritone or concert ukuelle!

            By Guitar Grandpa

            from Undisclosed

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            Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

            This guitalele blows away my baritone and concert ukleles! Tune it in G. The tone is great!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fun little travel guitar

            By rknbacker4vr

            from Los Angeles

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            Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

            I would definitely buy another Yamaha guitarlele if this one were ever to get stolen. This is so much fun to play--I am now feeling guilty for spending so much time with this thing compared to the time spent with my other guitars.
            I own several nice guitars, but wanted to get something to throw in my car's backseat for random practice. Like if I wanted to practice at lunchtime at work, I could just whip it out and play. I didn't want to risk losing any of my nice guitars, so this guitarlele fits my purpose.
            Quality was as expected for something this cheap. The frets are clean with no sharp edges, no fret buzz anywhere, the finish is also nice. The neck is straight, the action is low which is great. The stock strings are not good, you will need to change them out first thing. The tuners are okay, they do stay put. Mine came with oil leaking from the tuners, which I kept having to wipe from the headstock. My biggest complaint about this instrument is the intonation. It is not perfect. I do think it fits my purposes: as a beater guitar for fingerstyle jazz or classical or blues. It has a sweet sound, despite the intonation problem.
            Great value for the money. I wanted a beater guitar with a decent sound and I got one. This is it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good price. Good quality.

            By Tommy

            from Dallas, TX

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            Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

            Good price. Built like a guitar so the sound is a little more hollow than I would expect from a traditional ukulele or guitar but it's basically a small guitar so it just took some getting used to. It's really solid and great sounding for the price. Definitely a steal.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Gl-1 Yamaha guitalele

            By guitarman

            from Michigan

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            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

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fun!

            By Sturdy

            from Tulsa, OK

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            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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just bought my second one

              By JazzPianoTickler

              from Dallas, TX

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Great sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Yamaha GL1 Mini 6-String Nylon Guitalele:

                I got my first guitarlele a year ago. I was surprised by the great tone (kind of like a small classical guitar). I just bought a second one so I could keep my first one in the car all the time, and the second one in my music room back home.

                One note to make: I tried putting regular size classical guitar strings on it when restringing, and I got the feeling like maybe the tension was too low for it. I was afraid that the strain might be too much, so I replaced the strings again with light weight classical guitar strings. They feel more appropriate and I'm more confident that the tension is right now.

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