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Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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With a solid Engelmann spruce top, multilayered mahogany/rosewood reinforced neck, and ebony fretboard, the Yamaha LL6 acoustic guitar can be judged ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 LL6 acoustic guitar can be judged an excellent deal on materials alone. Yet where this dreadnought 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.

Body top
Most manufacturers are using Sitka spruce tops for their high end models. In Yamaha's experience, Engelmann spruce from 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 all the L series models. 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 LL6 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 LL6 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. 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! Case sold separately.

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FEATURES
  • Body Type: Dreadnought
  • Body Wood: 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
  • Case sold separately
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YamahaL Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Stays in tune (10)
  • Consistent (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (3)

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, but the new LL6R sounds way better

By BayAreaUser

from Bay Area, CA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fitfinish
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Case Included
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune
  • Tone

Cons

  • Ll6r Are Sounds Bette

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

First, let me start by saying I am a complete noob to guitar but was a professional drummer for a long time. Deciding to learn guitar 3 weeks ago I started my search. I ended up buying a used Seagull S6 which is very nice but has a much simpler tonality than the LL6 and LL6r (new 4th generation version). After a trip to a big name music retailer and having the sales guy play about 10 guitars for me I purchased a Breedlove Passport (cedar top).

When I got that home I realized I didn't like the way it played and much preferred the wider nut and feel of the fretboard on the Seagull S6. So, that got returned. I then ordered this LL6.

The LL6 sound is a step up from the Seagull and the Breedlove. It's richer, more complex and has more sustain. The issues I had with the LL6 were that the neck felt a little less comfortable than the S6 and the action was a little higher from the factory. It also took more 'work' to get the top to resonate. For a new player like me, I don't have the dynamics yet to make the guitar sing, where the Seagull S6 is more responsive and it was easier to feel the guitar come alive.

Then I found out about the Yamaha LL6R with Acoustic Resonance Enhancement technology. This is the latest version of the LL6. At first I expected to be disappointed thinking it was probably just marketing hype and essentially the sound would be the same. It is NOT though! The LL6r is a better guitar in every way. I ordered from Musiciansfriend and am completely satisfied with the LL6r.

The differences are -

- LL6r has ARE in the top (acoustic resonance enhancement)
- LL6r comes with a hard shell case, not the awesome case that the LL6 came with. Hardshell is probably better, but the case/bag for the LL6 is really good, I'm going to see if I can buy one by itself so that I have both.
- LL6r is 'slightly' lighter in weight (by my judgement). Yamaha did say they changed the bracing pattern in the LL6r, so maybe this makes it a little lighter.
- LL6r has a passive pickup in the guitar, LL6 is just acoustic
- LL6r neck is 5 piece instead of 3 piece and is shaped differently. This is a huge improvement in my hands. The LL6r felt at home in my hands immediately. The LL6 did not.

And finally the LL6r is just more responsive. The top resonates with a much more delicate touch. The instrument comes alive much more easily in my admittedly newbie hands. The tonal balance on the LL6r is also better. It has more low end and more high end. The high end is especially notable.

So, they are VERY different guitars. The LL6 is not a bad guitar, it's a very good one in its price range and tone is personal anyway. I just find the LL6r so much better for my ear. Anyway, if you're looking at the LL6 you should check out the LL6r as well. They are not just "last years and this years models". They are completely different.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Absolutely Fantastic Guitar

By El Guapo

from Philadelphia, PA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I have been playing for many years and I guess I'd describe myself as a dedicated amateur. That is, I'm not a pro and I very seldom gig, but I'm a decent player and play every day. I have owned enough guitars over the last several years that I have literally forgotten many, but they've included many Martin dreads and one custom Martin 000, a Taylor 310, Gibson Songwriter Deluxe, Larrivee D-60, the list goes on and on. I owned an LL6 but ended up giving it to a friend a few years back. I will be buying another soon, as it is easily, unequivocally, one of the three best guitars I have ever owned at any price.

    Ordinarily, when I hear people claim that their relatively inexpensive guitars sound and/or play "as good as" guitars costing multiple times the price, I am extremely skeptical (to put it nicely). When it comes to the LL6, believe it. The quality of construction and the fit/finish/playability of the LL6 are simply phenomenal - not only "for the price," but at any price. I have simply not seen better execution on any guitar I've ever owned. The LL6 is a joy to play, and very easy on the ears and eyes. I can't wait to get my hands on another.

    Last but not least, I really love the case that comes with it. I used to be sort of a "case snob," refusing to ever use any kind of soft or semi-hard case. The LL6 changed that for me overnight. It is very conveniently lightweight, and seems to me to provide excellent protection. By comparison, arched wooden hardshell cases are also great protection, but weigh a ton, and thermoplastic cases in my limited experience break very easily, are cheaply constructed and susceptible to warping in heat. The case that comes with the LL6 rocks. It totally changed my perspective on *soft* cases.

    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What's a guitar if not played?

    By Mike-eIt6M

    from Philippines

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    Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I own many diffrent kinds of guitars, guild, martin, gibson electric "les paul studio" and fender electric Telecaster highway 1 and I thought shurly i would not have any problem making the yamaha LL6 my Guitar, I was wrong my wife and son and neice do not want to play anything but the LL6 for the reason it plays so easily the fret board is a dream and the sound with the added rare earth fishman humbucker pick ups are great, IMO the 1000.00 dollar guild has a little better sounds but the yamaha blows all of my guitars out of the water in play abilty for a acoustic guitar it feels right and just plays so easily compared to my other acoustic guitars.I will put credit where credit is due and yes this guitar was made in China by craftsman who cared about what they where making and it shows in the way the guitar plays, everyone loves the guitar and how easily it plays, simply the best value out there and i did not want to spend 500 for a guitar that had no pick up but now i am glad I did.get the fishman rare earth pick up's the humbucker type and the guitar will really shine played in a live performance.I can kiss using this guitar goodbye, the line is to long :)

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A fine guitar and good service.

    By jammer123

    from new caney, tx

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I've had several expensive guitars. I really like this one better overall. Plays easier and sounds good.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An Excellent Guitar At A Great Price

        By MED103

        from PASCAGOULA, MS

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          The Yamaha LL6 is a well buit guitar with excellent tone and playability for a very reasonable price. I compared this guitar to others in its price range and the Yamaha was a clear winner. I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a fun, easy to play guitar with great sound at a great price.

          (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          active musician

          By slikat50

          from the OC 714 CALI

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          Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          i have several accoustics martin ooo15m, takameni and several others. of course i prefer american made but i have to say i record with this ll6t , its simply a great sounding guitar. now the draw backs , its a bit heavy, and to my surprise it doesnt stay in tune very well. i put brass bridge pins in it and it gave it a more clear crisp sound great for recording.the price is spot on if it were more expensive then it would be over priced.ive been playing for 26 years my band opened for X in early ninties so i know a bit about guitar playing.if you want a yamaha that wont break the bank go up a little for the ll16 its solid wood . the ll6 is laminated back and sides and that is not such a good thing hence the lower price, over all yamaha makes a fine chinese product

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Truly fine Player's Guitar

          By Guitar Guy

          from Peachtree City, Georgia

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          Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          This guitar is truly amazing especially when you realize what you get for the price. I've own my LL6 for the past 4 years. I have also acquired a Taylor 814, Martin HD28 and a Collings D2H. All are great guitars....but I still often pick up my LL6 because it just sound and plays wonderful. A Luthier that excamined my LL6 confirmed that this is a truly fine guitar. The neck is especially stable and well built due to the manner it joins the guitar. A truly fine guitar by any standard.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful guitar

          By MK7

          from Alaska

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            Compared Martins and Fenders; Yamaha rated higher in all categories in the same price range.

            This guitar is beautiful; clear sound, easy to play, and comes with a really sweet case, with I didn't expect.
            I have ordered lots of stuff pver the years from Musicians Friend. Great company- they know their stuff and treat their customers right.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I love the guitar but the frets too soft

            By Don335

            from Syracuse NY

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Nice Canvas Hard Case
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • The Fret Metal Too Soft

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I love this guitar, an excellent value. I would buy another, but the fret metal was so soft I wore them out in one year. I hope Yamaha addresses this issue, as the guitar is a winner.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            5 years later

            By Jeff

            from Canada

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I have been playing this model for over 5 years now and it only gets better as it ages. The overall tone is even better than when I bought it, which says a lot about the materials and construction. I modified the guitar by lowering the action slightly (get a pro to do this if you have never done it before), and once I did this, it easily became the the best acoustic of it's class I had ever owned. Well worth the price!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              review of ll6

              By Guitar Buying Addict

              from clandestine location

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Doesn't Smell Good

              Best Uses

              • Good All Around

              Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              The guitar plays well and rarely needs tuning. The woods seem to be quality. However it has always had a strong (lacquer?) smell and the finish has come off of the fingerboard a little. Like most Yamahas I have bought, it is a good value.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Guitar!

              By BQ

              from New Jersey, NJ

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I have tried a few similar price guitar but ended up with this one. The sound of this guitar is very rich and loud. I enjoy playing it a lot! Musicians Friend is a great place to purchase. They stand with their policy well! Thank you MF!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Value for a second guitar!

                By Anonminnom

                from Ohio

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  I needed a second back up guitar and the reviews on this particular model were excellent. I play a Martin GPC4 and needed something that I could keep at home and carry around the house. Now, I am not going to compare this Yamaha to my Martin as the Martin is an excellent all solid wood guitar. However, the yamaha, appearance-wise, is a beautiful guitar and it does sound excellent which I attribute to the full dreadnought body. Just change out the strings when you get it. Excellent fit, finish. Sounds excellent for having laminate back and sides and will open up a bit more as I think mine was shipped straight from the factory as it still smelled of glue! Nice low end sound and the treble really rings. Not disappointed at all. And did I mention the guitar is beautifully appointed?

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Yamaha LL6 - SIMPLY AMAZING!!!

                  By Fendermaniac-J..-4

                  from Anderson, SC

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                  Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  Where do I start... I love everything about this guitar. The finish was flawless, and the setup and intonations were PERFECT. But the best thing about this guitar is it's sound; it's rich, well balanced and big and boomy like a Martin D-28. I took this guitar to my local music store which is a certified Martin dealer and played a $2300 D-28 and the tonal similarities between the two were almost identical. So thus I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. Kudos Yamaha!!!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  LLX6a A Fine Guitar

                  By The Rock

                  from Great Lakes

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                  Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  MF does not sell the LLX6 but the X means that it is an electric-acoustic, based on the LLX guitar. The guitar is solid and sounds full and clear with a bit of a throaty quality. I had tried an LJ6 for a few weeks but wanted the LL6 for the larger body. Both are great. One reviewer has compared this guitar to a Martin D-28. There are similarities but the LL6 has a little tighter sound than the boomier Martin. I think it sounds more like a Guild D guitar. In any case I could not be happier with the workmanship and quality of the LL6. It is a remarkable value at current prices. The ebony fretboard is fast and smooth, the tuners keep it on pitch, it really seems built to last. I believe I'll keep it the rest of my life.

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice instrument

                  By TVinYpsi

                  from Ypsilanti, MI

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                  Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  SOUND - This guitar has a complex sound with a firm base register supporting the higher notes rich with ringing overtones in a good balance. The top seems to vibrate freely and provides very good sustain. Not a loud guitar as strung by Yamaha, but refined. PLAYABILITY - Relatively easy action, but with no fret buzzing at all. This guitar seems to stay in tune well, and has no faults that I can find. CONSTRUCTION - It's a very pretty guitar (gold tuning machines, contrasting binding on fingerboard, pearl-like sound hole decoration) but not to say gaudy. And it's well put together; excellent fit or well-hidden gaps. The woods are lovely (especially nice rosewood grain in back and side), and overall the finish is very good, particularly the back and sides. The finish on the top shows what either are brush marks, or really long grain in the spruce. I haven't gotten out a magnifying glass, so I can't be sure. Either way, it's an unfortunate mark-down in what is otherwise a well-crafted instrument. I bought the LL6-T, model with the tinted top hoping to get a warm honey color which would evoke the patina of age. But it arrived a bit darker than expected; closer to a transparent brown. I've warmed up to it, so this is not really a problem. Just don't expect a golden honey-colored tint if you order the 'T'. SUMMARY - Overall, I'm really happy with my choice, and would definitely recommend this guitar for anyone shopping in this price range or even several hundred dollars higher.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic Guitar

                  By Pa

                  from Virginia

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    Arrived as promised. Perfect condition. Great strings. Excellent full-bodied sound. Crisp tonation. Easy to fret. Came with a beautiful soft case which I didn't expect. I would buy another, no questions asked.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    What More to be Said?

                    By gary7

                    from East, central IL

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • School Bands
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      What is there to be added to all the other reviews on this very fine guitar from Yamaha. It is a beautiful instrument that plays very well, sounds great and is going to last me a life time.
                      Five stars for the Yamaha LL6. Five stars for Musician's Friend too.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      LL6 is Awesome

                      By jerseyboymike

                      from San Francisco Bay Area

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                      Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      I read the reviews posted on here before making my final decision to purchase the Yamaha LL6 and I must say I'm happy I did! This is one awesome acoustic guitar for the price and I must say it is a pleasure to play and the sound is full and well balanced! It's a great buy for the price!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Guitar - Cheap at twice the Price

                      By mikeschroe

                      from Clarksville, MD

                      Comments about Yamaha L Series LL6 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      I have owned this guitar for about 2 years now, it is simply a pleasure to pick up and play. If you are looking for a quality guitar, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars this is for you.

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