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Yamaha SLG100S Silent Steel String Guitar

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The Yamaha SLG100S silent steel string guitar lets you practice with headphones, yet enjoy the realistic sounds of an acoustic instrument. The Yamaha SLG100S steel string guitar features a lightweight composite body, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, and breaks down quickly to fit into the included gig bag for easy transport. The Yamaha silent guitar's electronics include piezo in-bridge pickups and an internal DSP that reproduces the natural-sounding reverb of a user-selected acoustic space. A mini-jack input lets you connect a CD player for play-along. The Yamaha SLG100S guitar interfaces with the AG Stomp. Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
Practice with headphones, yet enjoy the realistic sounds of an acoustic guitar
Lightweight composite body
Mahogany neck
Rosewood fingerboard
Breaks down quickly for easy transport
Piezo in-bridge pickups
Internal DSP reproduces natural-sounding reverb
Mini-stereo inputs allow plugging in a CD player for play-along
Interfaces with the AG Stomp
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4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best travel guitar, but could use improvements

I've owned three different travel guitars and this is the closest to a 'real' guitar. That said, for the cost it should be better out of the box than it is. First,...Read complete review

I've owned three different travel guitars and this is the closest to a 'real' guitar. That said, for the cost it should be better out of the box than it is. First, I had to have the nut and bridge 'fixed' so that it tuned easily. Second, the piezo transducer distorts; I guess I'll have to replace it with a higher quality transducer. Third, the fingerboard width at the nut is uncomfortably narrow. Fourth, you'd think that for the money they could at least figure out an actual compensated bridge instead of the easy-to-produce angled bridge.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Coolest Guitar around......

Just a great versatile guitar for all players at all levels. Loads of pro musicians and artists use these, so I bought one...

Just a great versatile guitar for all players at all levels. Loads of pro musicians and artists use these, so I bought one...

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best travel guitar, but could use improvements

By SteveW

from Chicago

I've owned three different travel guitars and this is the closest to a 'real' guitar. That said, for the cost it should be better out of the box than it is. First, I had to have the nut and bridge 'fixed' so that it tuned easily. Second, the piezo transducer distorts; I guess I'll have to replace it with a higher quality transducer. Third, the fingerboard width at the nut is uncomfortably narrow. Fourth, you'd think that for the money they could at least figure out an actual compensated bridge instead of the easy-to-produce angled bridge.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good travel guitar, with some flaws

By John-qJ-Tx

from Orlando, FL

I bought the SLG100S to use while traveling overseas. First, the good: the guitar is surprisingly ergonomic and easy to hold. The installed L.R. Baggs transducer is responsive and fairly noise-free. And for a near-full scale guitar, it packs compact enough for convenient travel in the included bag. In short, it does its job as a travel guitar. The bad: it might be quibbling, but in light of the fact that import guitars have gotten cheaper and better in the last decade, I was disappointed in the build quality and electronics design of the SLG100S for the price. Some of the fret ends were rough. The saddle is made of plastic and isn't compensated. The battery cover and connectors are flimsy, as well as the AC adapter and connector. It feels as though Yamaha cut too many corners on a guitar that should be priced much lower than it sells for. What you are paying for is the novelty factor, since there are few alternatives for a (nearly) full scale travel guitar. I would recommend playing one before buying to decide whether it's worth the price to you.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Emory Jay

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Nice travel guitar because it's very compact. Very good neck and good clean sound (without using the reverb) through either headphones or an amp. My only complaint is that the reverb is noisy. It contains a mid-range hum that is not acceptable. Other than that, a good travel instrument to keep up your playing without carrying a full-size guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar, Fun to Play

By Mike Beard-37ius

from Singapore

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I bought this guitar about 3 years ago, and have taken it all over the world with me. I knocked it over in my apartment in Tokyo and had the nut replaced with a nice, hand-carved bone nut by a Japanese luthier. I believe it plays louder now. It stays tuned for an extended period of time, and the neck is solid. I've lived in the jungle climate of Singaore and kept it stored in a cabinet of my camper-van. No changes in action height. I'll grant that Yamaha might have cut some corners with the electronics but nothing yet has failed, so that would seem like an empty complaint. It looks great with the maple body and I would buy it again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's Been To...

By Tred

from Kansas City area, KS

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I received this as a gift alomst 3 years from my girlfriend & my best friend. I worked as a mechanic for an major contract airline out in Seattle, WA, and often took it with me no matter where they would send me. It packed up nicely & out of the way while I traveled. What really impressed me was the sound! Whether through the headphones, or through my Roland VGA-7 amp. It's crisp, clean sound always comes through no matter where I ended up. And if I am at home, in a hotel, a friend's house, or flying in the back of a plane, it always handy. I still play it almost every day. What a great, sturdy little noise maker!Tred

 
5.0

Amazing quality and tone! Lightweight

By Luke-fJlTP

from Bangor, ME

You can plug it into a normal amp! It's killer with distortion. I HIGHLY recommend this uhh... half-guitar. Only bad thing is you need an amp.

 
3.0

Coolest Guitar around......

By Ol' Jeffers

from near London in England

Just a great versatile guitar for all players at all levels. Loads of pro musicians and artists use these, so I bought one...

 
5.0

Fine little guitar

By Uncle Wally

from Central Florida

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I bought this model before going on an extended trip in a small travel trailer. Space was a problem so I was attracted to it because of it's small size when packed. But I have been very impressed with the quality and sound. I play at home a lot with the headphones so I don't disturb my wife. It really is a very fine little guitar.

 
5.0

Road Warrior Practice Axe

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I travel for business by air 4-6 days per week for months at a time. This guitar is not my Lowden or my Paul Reed Smith or my 1936 Resonator. But, it is a hoot on the road. I am completely won over by its design, ability to be carried right onto the plane, fast check through security, performance and price point.It mini-ear phones are excellent. My noise canceling BOSE headphones are even better. I use extra bubble wrap for packing it since its soft gig bag could (should) provide more protection. The CD player and the guitar combo are just OK. The volume on the guitar and CD go up and down together. There should be some sort of balance feature... Maybe there is and I haven't figured it out.

 
5.0

Puts Other Travel Guitars to Shame

By smackdown

from Texas

Yamaha should consider changing the name of this to the Silent String [Travel] Guitar.I bought this thing about a year ago and it has made countless trips with me on commercial airlines, and still looks and plays like it did the first day I took it from its gig bag.The top side of the guitar detaches from the neck and the rest of the "body", and the whole package fits neatly into a specially designed gig bag. The gig bag also holds the AC adapter (which I take out and have NEVER used, the electronics on the guitar run on batteries), and has a large side pocket. I carry spare strings, tuner, strings, a Tascam PocketStudio, and other stuff and have plenty of room to spare.The guitar itself feels like a quality instrument, and although you can see through the thing, it feels as though it has a lot more substance than a Back-Packer. It feels like a guitar; a nice guitar.It has a slightly shorter scale, and I mean slightly, than my Hummingbird. It feels full size, yet compact.My only suggestion to someone buying the guitar is to be very careful when assembling or disassembling the body to stick the guitar in its case. It is very easy to do, but if you get in a hurry, or get careless, it's very easy to scratch the guitar when taking it apart. If you pay attention, and do it correctly, it works perfectly, but if you are careless, you will scratch it with the pins that lock the body section into the neck assembly.If you are looking for a travel guitar, save your time, and buy this one. I LOVE it.

 
5.0

SLG100S for a Student

By Frank V.

from Elk Grove California

I am just learning to play and I wanted a guitar I could travel with. I tried a Taylor baby and looked at others. The sound and feel of the SLG100S sold me. The versatility is great. I read some reviews that said you need an amp. Not true. The earphone jack works like any other electronically. I bought a patch cord from Radio Shack that plugs into the earphone jack and splits into two RCA plugs that you can plug into any stereo system that has an aux. input. I plugged into my surround sound system at home and it works great. I have some portable Radio Shack speakers that run on batteries and it works great with those also. A real plus for travelling if you don't want to use the earphones. Regarding the action, I agree with other reviews I have read...the action is too high. I plan on having it modified.

 
5.0

This is a PRO guitar....

By slamova

from Tulsa, OK

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I traveled for many years w/ a Godin Acousticaster (great guitar), but recently replaced it with the SLG100S. The Yamaha sounds nearly identical to the Godin - I fly a lot, and it's hard to beat being able to carry a guitar gig bag that's the size of a large tennis racket. (Saw a guy flying w/ a Taylor last month and in relative terms it seemed like he was trying to take a canoe onboard....) Construction, intonation and detail is great on the SLG100S - I AM very careful traveling w/ it, as the gig bag offers adequate but minimal protection. In short, this is a Professional instrument, not a toy - Highly Recommended - I'd buy another one tomorrow....!

 
5.0

Professional Sound

By IZZI-bRM8w

from Spokane, Wa

This guitar is absolutely outstanding!! I bought the Yamaha SLG100S about 3 years ago and it has been my only acoustic (as I mostly play Fender strats and teles)I have performed over 500 shows with this axe in front of thousands of people; ZERO problems. And literally every night I will get comments on the look and sound. At least 5 people have gone out and purchased one after hearing my performance on it. One wierd thing, it seems as if when you strum hard on it, the sound becomes compressed. Everything sounds really balanced, which is great for me. But the onboard reverb eats your battery 3 times as fast as when its not on. Simple detail though. Great job Yamaha

 
5.0

Great Travel Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've owned this guitar for nearly a year. My work requires me to travel a lot and this guitar has done exactly what I wanted it to do - maintain my guitar playing while on the road. It plays well and stays in tune. I prefer D'Addario strings on it, but the way it comes is just fine. It's light-weight and easy to assemble/disassemble. The soft case is well-padded and provides nice protection and has compartments for books/accessories. It's not my 1976 Gibson Les Paul, but it's worth the money if you want to keep up with your playing on the road without sacrificing playability and sound.

 
5.0

Yamaha SLG-100S

By Mike Beard-37ius

from Singapore

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I have owned the Yamaha for about 3 weeks now. What impresses me the most is the build quality. I will gladly pay more for a product that is carefully crafted, and this guitar is finished to a much higher degree than would have been absolutely necessary.Being a fixed neck, I was concerned about comments I have read regarding the action being too high. Mine seems okay but I am using the factory, light 11's. Perhaps Yamaha recently altered this.The headphones seem to be the usual token gesture. With the Bose headphones (since I travel), it sounds pretty good. I hook the guitar up to my Pass Labs preamp and Aragon amp (why buy a guitar amp with this stuff in my living room). It sounds fine but my impression is that the output of the piezo is too low. Be aware though, that this guitar is not completely silent. People around you can still hear the sound, it's just that it's much lower and good for a hotel room, etc...The neck is slightly more narrow than on my Seagull steel string, so try this out before you buy. You do get access to more frets with the cut-away than you normally would with a standard acoustic. Well thought out functionality make it very versatile.It's a fun instrument and overall, I'm satisfied. My wife may buy the silent violin. I hope.

 
4.0

Not Just a Travel Guitar

By Kurt Cira

from Fort Lauderdale, FL

I've had my Silent steel string for a year now, and its become my most played guitar. Whether plinking with headphones on while watching TV or playing rock through my PodXT Live and Roland AC-60 it sounds great. It has a good neck, and though the action was way too high as delivered some careful filing made it equal to my Leo Kotke Taylor, but in a package that travels easily and is a lot more stable when dealing with Florida summer humidity. Being able to plug in my mp3 player and play along is a real bonus. The sound out of good headphones is like you're in a studio, and the built in reverb is excellent. I would like larger control knobs, and a feature that turns off the guitar if you leave it on would be nice. Line 6 should make a Variax in this style for a great do everything instrument. I may buy the nylon string version to keep this one company.

 
5.0

For Performance as Well as Practice

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Fabulous sound, top-quality workmanship, good setup, and eye-catching style make this guitar a delight to hear, play, and see. I was shopping for a modestly priced, easily transported practice instrument and could not be happier with this versatile instrument, which more than fits the bill. Comes with nifty gig bag, earphones, and AC adapter (requires nine-volt battery or use of adapter for electronics).

 
5.0

Review

By ummm...me

from Portland, Oregon

I got this for christmas and i liked it a lot. brought it to hawaii on an airline, was it was fine after the trip. works GOOD with distortion. i think it needs new strings. good electronics. stays in tune.

 
5.0

Well designed and made. Surprisingly good sound!

By Jazzrat

from Green Bay, WI

If you're looking for an alternate to the Martin "Backpacker" and similar travel guitars, this may be for you. It doesn't fit into quite as small a space, but the sound and playability are a quantum leap ahead. The piezo pickup is bright and clean. The neck is well shaped, comfortable and easy to play. The headphones (ear buds) allow practice in all sorts of "don't-disturb-your-neighbors" settings, and the "jam along" feature allows you to plug your CD or tape player into the guitar's on-board amp and hear both through your headphones. Very well-thought-out design. Much better balance than the Backpacker. Nicer neck, too. And, for that matter, I'll give a separate-but-equal pat on the back to Musician's Friend for excellent service on this purchase. There was a hitch in the original order that was handled in one call, no sweat, no hassle. Very fast delivery and very capable, professional people on the phones. Bottom line? (1) If you want a really well designed travel guitar that sounds good enough to take on stage, this deserves a lot of attention; and(2) if you decide to try one, I recommend Musician's Friend. My experience was excellent.

 
5.0

Finally ... a real travel guitar that works!

By Realin-man

from Colorado

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Having suffered thru hauling my Gibsons and Martins all over the world on planes and trains (and still do if needed) ... this is a real practice guitar that can work acceptably live (with a little work on PA or amp - sometimes "reverb" conflicts) ... sounds great thru Shure E3's (highly recommend for "live" sound)... can fit in most plane overheads ... looks great - I get comments all the time at how cool it looks ... when have empty seats on 13+ hr flights I can practice in my seat on planes ... great tool for the serious traveling guitar player.

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