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Yamaha L Series LJ16 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with Case  

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    Hand selected materials, handcrafted construction - at an amazing price.

    With a solid Engelmann spruce top, multilayered mahogany/rosewood reinforced neck, and ebony fretboard, the Yamaha LJ16 acoustic guitar can be judged an excellent deal on materials alone. Yet where this jumbo really shines is on the strength of its handcrafted construction by expert Japanese luthiers. Every step in the creation of this excellent instrument, from tonewood selection to hand-sanding the frets, is done in a small factory by master craftsmen.

    Body top
    Most manufacturers are using Sitka spruce tops for their high end models. In Yamaha's experience, Engelmann spruce (Canada) naturally suits the role for top woods better than any other. The overriding quality for body top material is an allowance for resonance and Engelmann spruce has this attribute in abundance. It is a light wood that is easy to work and enables a good tone response with a wide harmonic range. Visually Engelmann spruce is comfortable on the eye and its opaque light yellow tint is reminiscent of a mature acoustic instrument.

    Back & side
    Yamaha uses solid rosewood for both the back and sides on the LJ16. The rosewood blends extremely well with the Engelmann spruce top. It disperses resonance evenly and effortlessly.

    Neck block
    The neck block reinforces the neck joint. Yamaha has improved the conventional C block design by enlarging the surface area that is in contact with the top of the guitar. The block securely meets the underside of the top adding a real depth to the tone of the instrument.

    Bracing
    X-bracing maps out the vibration patterns of the guitar. Each of the eight braces has been carefully positioned in order to bring out the tone in a balanced fashion and find a natural harmony with the guitar's tone woods.

    Multilayered reinforced neck
    Traditionally, an acoustic guitar neck is carved from a single timber block. As the grain of the timber has to be angled at about 14 degrees to accommodate the headstock, it leaves itself vulnerable to excessive stress. To alleviate the potential of neck movement over time, Yamaha has introduced multilayered necks.

    The LJ16 model features a strip of rosewood set into the center of the mahogany neck. Rosewood has been chosen for its rigidity and the way it complements mahogany tonally.

    Bridge
    The unique larger bridge on the LJ16 provides a more efficient transfer of the string vibrations to the body of the guitar, giving a tight, clear midrange and a full, balanced tone. Handcrafted with chambered edges, the bridge design offers a perfect balance of tone, comfort, and style.

    Yamaha has over thirty years experience of crafting quality steel string instruments by hand. Today's L series guitars are a testament to the decades of that extensive research and development work.

    Yamaha design themes center around the following points:

    A balanced tone and response. The ultimate goal. Bass and treble must complement each other, encouraging inspiration from the guitarist rather than compensation.

    Dovetail neck joint. Since the '70s, Yamaha has adopted a unique dovetail neck joint. This particular joint gives the guitar the excellent surface to surface (neck to body) contact. In the joint there is nothing but timber. This enables and indeed encourages resonance flow from the neck to the body, aiding the achievement of a balanced tone and response.

    Blending of woods. Yamaha's experience of blending quality woods ensures that the highs are really sustained and note texture is under maximum control at all times by the player.

    Body Designs. Yamaha's original L series has shoulders that are slightly more slender than a standard dreadnought design and the body has been designed to be subtly wider. This gives the guitar a more definite tone.

    Lacquer expertise. Without a doubt, one of Yamaha's most significant strengths. They work very closely with lacquer manufacturers. The focus being less is more. Specially developed finishing materials, unique to Yamaha are used on handcrafted models. Ultimately, this gives the guitar every chance to breathe and tonally shine. A good acoustic guitar must feel alive and not simply just sound good! Includes gig bag.

    Features
    • Body Wood: Solid Rosewood
    • Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
    • Scale Length: 650mm (25-9/16")
    • Neck Joint: Dovetail
    • Neck Wood: Mahogany/Rosewood (3 ply)
    • Fretboard: Ebony
    • Frets: 20
    • Nut Width: 44mm (1-3/4")
    • Bridge: Ebony
    • Tuners: Die-cast
    • Hardware color: Gold
    • Finish: Hi-Gloss
    • Includes gig bag

    Want a great handmade acoustic without paying for a name? Order this one today.

     
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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    addendum to my previous review

    By Ken W in Portland, OR

    from Portland, OR

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Low Cost For High Quality
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Yamaha L Series LJ16 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with Case:

      Addendum to my previous LJ16 review
      With a tusq saddle and Elixir strings, I was getting a ring when I played the B string, and to a lesser extend, the high E. I changed the saddle to a Bob Colosi West African ivory saddle (a little less bright than Tusq, but more bright than bone), and changed the strings to Martin Lifetime Phosphor Bronze light gauge. That was a great help concerning the annoying ring, and gives the instrument more of an open sound, with more sweetness. Incidentally, Tusq bridge pins (which I use on all my instruments) give a brighter tone, so with a string giving an annoying ringing, you might change that one bridge pin to Ebony. For those who are deciding whether to get the dreadnaught versus the jumbo model… I compared my JL16 to my Larrivee D03-R dreadnaught, both with the same saddle and strings. and I actually like the JL16 better. the Larrivee has more overtones, but the LJ16 has a more beautiful, focused tone. My Larrivee is 11 years old, played-in, and opened-up in sound, so a new dreadnaught instrument would be a bit closer to the JL16 I assume. One consideration is that when the JL16 ages, if it opens up more in sound, and mellows out a bit, it will fall into perfection. A dreadnaught that ages may perhaps become woofy and lose some beautiful crispness. The outcome: I like the Yamaha LJ16, and still recommend it.

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      5.0

      I'm glad I took the risk!

      By Ken W in Portland, OR

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Yamaha L Series LJ16 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with Case:

        Review of Yamaha Professional LJ16 guitar
        The Yamaha LJ16 has a lower bout of 15 5/8 inches, upper bout 11 3/4 inches, depth of upper body 4 inches, lower body 4 7/8 inches. Purchased from MusiciansFriend as used, condition two. The original owner was apparently offended by the action that was so low that the upper strings were ringing on the frets, and thus returned it. What a mistake he made in giving up on this guitar! Totally brand new in appearance, except the protective paper on the strings was not included; the string label was still attached. The pick guard still had the protective plastic covering, with even that having no scratches from a pick. I installed a Planet Waves Tone Port in the sound hole, removed the plastic saddle and bridge pins, and replaced them with Tusq. The strings were replaced with Elixir 80/20 bronze medium tension Nanoweb strings, tuned down three frets. This is a very bright instrument, and it comes into its own in this configuration… and still has good projection. (The resulting sound quality makes this guitar compete head on with the top-of-the line Tacoma JR55 sitka/rosewood 17 inch lower bout jumbo that I just sold for three times what I paid for this Yamaha!). I also compared it to my Guild GAD JF30 maple-backed 16 1/2 inch lower bout jumbo, and I prefer this Yamaha!. At full pitch or tuned down one fret, it would be a nice finger picker… really crisp. Tuned way down, you enter the big jumbo rich sound, without excessive brightness. If you don't buy this model, go for the Yamaha LL16 dreadnaught, and don't tune it down quite as low. I have the LL16-12, and it's a wonderful 12 string. I believe this instrument and the LL16 model is stiff competition for any Taylor or Martin, and it sounds better, as I remember the tone, than the Taylor GS8, while costing one-fourth the price!
        Conclusion: The Yamaha LJ16 is a winner. If you want a bit less clarity of sound, buy the Yamaha LL16 dreadnaught. Either way, you will be happy. Try my set-up.

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        5.0

        Great buy for the price

        By Peter Dec

        from Oman

        Comments about Yamaha L Series LJ16 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with Case:

        Overall this guitar is a great value for the price. I would recommend it to anyone from beginners to advanced players. It has a beautiful deep tone and is well constructed.
        This guitar arrived in a beautiful canvas hard shell case. I was expecting a cheap gig bag but I was pleasantly surprised. The guitar itself is well crafted with real wood. The craftsmanship is flawless. It has a beautiful tone to it and is a joy to play. I am very happy with the purchase and feel it's a great guitar for the money.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best of the best!!!

        By francis tommasino

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Yamaha L Series LJ16 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with Case:

        Just purchased this guitar yesterday and was completely blown away. I like so many others got sucked into the martin/taylor style of thinking,but its more about the wood. solid rosewood back and sides and solid spruce top sounds absolutely incredible. Such a well balanced sound with thunderous lows and beautiful mids to highs. If you were to buy a martin or taylor with this combination AND in a jumbo size youd be in the more expensive ball park. The only negative is it has a plastic nut/saddle/pins but this can be easily replaced with bone.this guitar demolishes all competition!

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        (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a quality, well built guitar

        Comments about Yamaha L Series LJ16 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with Case:

        AFter replacing plastics with bone, the Yamaha LJ16 is a treat to play. Two hour sessions a night are very enjoyable. I look forward to moving up the Yamaha line into the LJ26 and LJ36 based upon this basic guitar's reward. Musicians Friend doesn't carry the two top models it appears. Wide neck better for my thick fingers. Not the rich bottom of a Martin but very sweet in its mid to upper range for this medium sized jumbo. Finger pickers woill enjoy it...but it responds very well to my flat pick. Provides a great accompaniment to Keith Urban and John Mayer music.Go for it. quality solid wood and perfect finish. Not sure about the warranty coverage however. They do respond to questions on the Yamaha web site. MF seems a bit overpriced on these compared to smaller retail outlets...come on guys and gals, tune in to the good news.

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