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  • Body Type: Dreadnought
  • Body Wood: Rosewood
  • Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
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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
 
5.0

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Consistent (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (9)
    • Practicing (9)
    • Small venues (7)
    • Recording (6)
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    Reviewed by 22 customers

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    5.0

    Beautiful guitar

    By MK7

    from Alaska

    About Me Novice

    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.

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      5.0

      Fantastic Guitar

      By Pa

      from Virginia

      About Me Experienced

      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.

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        5.0

        What More to be Said?

        By gary7

        from East, central IL

        About Me Novice

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        Verified Buyer

        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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I love the guitar but the frets too soft

          By Don335

          from Syracuse Ny

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          5 years later

          By Jeff

          from Canada

          About Me Experienced

          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!

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            (1 of 1 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.

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            (1 of 1 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!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A fine guitar and good service.

              By jammer123

              from new caney, tx

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Value for a second guitar!

                  By Anonminnom

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  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?

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    An Absolutely Fantastic Guitar

                    By Knockwood

                    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.

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