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Yamaha L Series LJX6C Jumbo Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case
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With a solid Engelmann spruce top, multilayered mahogany/rosewood reinforced neck, and ebony fretboard, the Yamaha LJX6C acoustic electric guitar can...Read More
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With a solid Engelmann spruce top, multilayered mahogany/rosewood reinforced neck, and ebony fretboard, the Yamaha LJX6C acoustic electric guitar can be judged an excellent deal on materials alone. Yet where this jumbo cutaway really shines is on the strength of its handcrafted construction by expert Japanese luthiers. Every step in the creation of this excellent musical instrument, from tonewood selection to hand-sanding the frets, is done in a small factory by master craftsmen.
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 rosewood for both the back and sides on the LJX6C acoustic guitar. The rosewood blends extremely well with the Engelmann spruce top. It disperses resonance evenly and effortlessly.
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.
X-bracing maps out the vibration patterns of the guitar. Each of the eight braces on the LJX6C guitar 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 LJX6C 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.
The LJX6C guitar features a classic Venetian style body cutaway. Expertly hand-crafted, the cutaway offers enhanced upper fret access for stage use without sacrificing any of the tone or style of the full bodied models.
The unique larger bridge on the Yamaha LJX6C 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 chamfered 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 such as the LJX6C guitar. Ultimately, this gives the instrument every chance to breathe and tonally shine. A good acoustic guitar must feel alive and not simply just sound good!
- Body Type: Jumbo
- Body Wood: Rosewood
- Top wood if applicable: 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
- Pickup Bridge: 2-way Piezo & Mic, System45
- Controls: Volume, Mic Volume, 3-Band EQ., Adjustable Mid-range
- Tuners: Die-cast
- Hardware color: Gold
- Pickup selector: Master Volume & Mic Volume Knobs
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I'm trying to be fair and critical with this review, but I can't find any negatives to write about with this guitar - except for maybe wishing it had solid rosewood back and sides...other than that, I can't put this guitar down...it's simply awesome in terms of its tone, volume, note articulation, feel and look. It's got a Taylor GS cutaway body shape - also like a Larrivee LV09 - a mini jumbo with a huge sound. The Engleman spruce top is great - it vibrates and resonates so well...it really makes the guitar. I guess I wish it had a clear pickguard and a tusq or bone nut and saddle...but other than that, I just love this guitar. I also bought this as a backup to my Guild D50, but I find myself playing this thing more than the Guild. I love this Taiwanese-made guitar from the guys in Japan...a great guitar. I'm just so pleased with it!
I just got my LJX6C the other day and restrung it with Cleartone coated light strings...and immediately I was struck by the clarity of each string and the power of the guitar when I started strumming aggressively on this thing. The guitar responded very well and had very little string buzz. After the strings stretched out I noticed that the guitar stayed in tune very well. The tone and sound of this guitar is excellent! The spruce and rosewood work very well together and the sound is both glassy and thick with definite lows balanced with high's. I compared this with a similar Guild cutaway guitar and the sound was brighter and more present than the Guild. I would say that this Yamaha L series guitar compares more closely with a Taylor and one would be hard pressed not to think that this guitar didn't cost at least $1500.00. I think if people took a blind test drive they wouldn't be able to tell that this was a Yamaha. Unfortunately, the Yamaha name doesn't have the same weight as the Martin's and Gibson's of the world - but this one deserves serious consideration for the value, quality and tone of this guitar. I feel so happy to own this guitar!