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Yamaha L Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case

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With a solid Engelmann spruce top, multilayered mahogany/padauk reinforced neck, and ebony fretboard, the Yamaha LL16 acoustic guitar can be judged a...Click To Read More About This Product

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With a solid Engelmann spruce top, multilayered mahogany/padauk reinforced neck, and ebony fretboard, the Yamaha LL16 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 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 all the LL16. 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.

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 LL16 model features a strip of padauk set into the center of the mahogany neck. Padauk has been chosen for its strength and the way it complements mahogany tonally.

The unique larger bridge on the LL16 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! Includes case.

  • Body Wood: Solid Rosewood
  • Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
  • Scale Length: 650mm (25-9/16")
  • Neck Joint: Dovetail
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany/Padauk (3 ply)
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 20
  • Nut Width: 44mm (1-3/4")
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Tuners: Die-cast
  • Hardware color: Gold
  • Finish: Hi-Gloss
  • Includes case
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YamahaL Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case

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(15 of 30 customers found this review helpful)


Neck angle issues..

By James Patterson

from Utah

Comments about Yamaha L Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case:

Not only am I not happy with the LL-16 model, also yamaha has 0 customer service available to the general public. You have to go through a certified technician from yamaha to get things taken care of, which makes the process of returning a bunk guitar that much more frustrating. If you buy this guitar, play it first, and make sure it doesn't have all these neck issues that seem inherent in this model.
Not much here to write home about. Mine had a pretty top, sides, and back, but pretty much a stripped down guitar with some decently grained wood. Nut, Saddle and Bridge pins are plastic, and the yamaha strings it comes with are mediocre.
Ok, this guitar is supposed to be handcrafted, in china, by trained luthiers. The first LL16 I recieved had major fret buzz on the open A string. The yamaha trained tech that I took it to said the neck angle was so bad and the bridge so overbuilt that the saddle couldn't provide enough string relief to give me playable action without the nasty fret buzz.Yamaha took the first one back and sent another one to the yamaha technician. I was informed that also the 2nd LL16 I got also had the same issues as the first. So I am sitting 0 for 2 on these guitars.

(15 of 39 customers found this review helpful)


Yamaha LL16 Acoustic

By Bluester

from Long Island, NY

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Comments about Yamaha L Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case:

After reading the specs, some reviews on Harmony Central and going to Yamaha's website I decided to give this guitar a try.The sound of this guitar was surprizingly good and the finish was perfect, but that's where it ends.This is very important; Yamaha is VERY MISLEADING about this guitar. Most of the "info" and pictures of the construction on their website is for the LL26 & 36. So here's what you get with the LL16:The top & back are solid wood, but they are NOT premium grade. The spruce top had 5 "grain" imperfections in it. (back & sides were OK)The neck is a 3 piece laminate as they say, but they don't mention that the head stock is also a seperate piece that is just glued on with the face plate covering the seam. You can see it from the back of the neck.The guitar is made in China, not in Japan by "Japanese Luthiers."I believe the finish is NOT lacquer but looks to be polyurathane.Even with the neck coming stock set up almost perfectly straight, the action was in the "finger bleed" section, way too high. Not worth spending more money to correct the problems.Bottom line: If you really take a good look, it's not worth the price. I sent it back and will save for a Martin HD28.You ARE NOT going to get a Martin or Taylor quality guitar that's "made in China."

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Acoustic

By Decades

from Up North

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Comments about Yamaha L Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case:

I recently received my new Yamaha LL 16. I ordered it based on excellent reviews in other sites, the materials used, the hand made construction, and the satisfaction I have had with my other Yamaha guitar. I was perfectly set up from factory, no flaws, again amazing at this price. Exceptional materials and workmanship, truly handmade. A ringing, bell like tone, excellent bass and treble, clean all across the fret board. Excellent strings on the instrument. To use the old cliche, the quality and sound of the LL16 simply "blow you away". Some guitars have "it", and this one does! I had played several Taylor, Martin, Gibson, and Epiphone guitars in all price ranges in stores prior to this purchase. None near this price range achieved this level of sound. I have played for 30 plus years, previously professionally, have owned several high end instruments, and am very pleased with this guitar. Well done Yamaha.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



By Dave Pierce

from Reidsville, NC

Comments about Yamaha L Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case:

Well, I've owned a D-28 Martin and I've owned a Yamaha FG 335 for close to 30 years. I still love the richness of my old 335 and the neck is as straight as the day I purchased it. After all these years I decided to buy the LL16 series because of the reviews its received. This guitar is the quality of a $2000 instrument with no fancy frills. You can feel it when you hold it and hearing is believing. China now builds some fine instruments and the LL16 is one of them. Yamaha you did it again. Thank you

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Yamaha LL-16

By David A. Tiangco

from Virginia Beach, VA

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Comments about Yamaha L Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case:

This is finely built instrument. You can really see the attention to detail. It's got that rich tonally complex growl that only solid spruce and solid rosewood can give you. Resonance you can feel in your chest and sinuses. You can strum as hard as you want and get as loud as you want without tonal breakup. Great fingerpick sound too. I love it.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Yamaha LL16 Is Sweet !

By Gr8guns!

from Gray, Tennessee

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Comments about Yamaha L Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case:

I was able to pick my guitar from three other guitars, and I found the one I have to be just a little superior over the other three. Workmanship is flawless, save a couple of lighter streaks in the fretboard, which can happen with hard ebony. Not worth a lot of mention, just for us picky people. Tone to the bone, you can feel the guitar vibes with your stomach muscles, it is a vibrant guitar, but civilized with balanced tone from the all wood construction. The engelman spruce top is figured with a lot of bear claw figure. The solid rosewood ( Indian ) back has a lot of character, and is a great match for the same grain in the side wood.This guitar is perfectly set up for my style of playing, has great sustain and a wonderful bell like tone tempered with warm bass and clear mid-tones.I don't think you can beat the guitar in its price range, or price ranges up to 2 times or more than what this guitar sells for.If you want a beautiful, well made, sweet sounding guitar for less than a grand, then look no farther.Try one !

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


not good enough

By tommer

from croydon surrey

Comments about Yamaha L Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case:

hi the previous post is spot on.ive spent the last three months working on this guitar to try to get it to play still not really happy with it i should of just sent it back.this guitar is only any good for strumming.really ------ of with it.ive been playing 20 years.


Yamaha LL16E

By Chisky

from UK

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    Comments about Yamaha L Series LL16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case:

    If it's good enough for the late and great Bert Jansch then it's more than good enough for me too.....

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