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The New Yamaha L Series of Acoustic Guitars

Published: Mon April 28, 2014  News Feed

The New Yamaha L Series of Acoustic Guitars


Marking the L series 40th anniversary, Yamaha has released their fourth generation of acoustic guitars.

The L Series has been a staple for Yamaha over the last 40 years, a revered line of handcrafted acoustic guitars known for their sound quality, fine tone woods and impeccable workmanship. By blending vintage heritage with advanced technologies, the new L series features several new innovations that deliver quality, value and a genuine redesign.

The Yamaha’s guitar team took two years to develop the new L Series features. Yamaha firstly identified modern trends, such as the emergence of bands like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers who have created the niche category ‘neo folk’. Yamaha recognised the fact that new music trends call for fresh ideas to suit the needs of the contemporary player, and so the new L Series began its rebirth.

In regards to the fourth generation’s redesign, the new shape neck profile is a big feature, providing wider string spacing and lower action. In regards to wood type and styles, the last series was only available with rosewood back and sides. But rejoice! The new L Series now offers models with mahogany back and sides in addition to the rosewood models and the guitars come in black, sunburst and natural finishes.

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The acoustic guitars in the new L Series have a stronger front brace that strengthens the top underneath the neck joint; this increases the transfer of vibrations and improves tone. The height of the braces has also been lowered to increase the resonance and volume.
Another thing introduced to the new acoustic range is Yamaha’s ARE wood treatment, which is applied to a new guitar to give it the same tonal maturity that normally takes guitars years to develop. Hiroshi Sakurai, Assistant Manager of Guitar Design at Yamaha said: “We aim to make guitars that grow with the player, maturing over a period of time to become part of their sound and style. We use a combination of traditional skills and techniques and very advanced engineering to design guitars that are great instruments now, but will really last and mature well over a long period.”

The most noticeable difference, however, is when you come to plug the new guitars in. There’s a whole lot going on under the surface, and the under saddle piezo sensors do not need circuitry or batteries to make them work. In addition to the passive piezo pickup, Yamaha has also developed Studio Response Technology (S.R.T), which is a pickup and preamp system designed to replicate studio-quality acoustic tone. The pinnacle for acoustic guitarists is the natural sound of the guitar recorded with amazing microphones, but also in an amazing-sounding room. The S.R.T system combines an undersaddle pickup with a preamp featuring some exclusive mic models, and Yamaha claims that it has created their most natural electro-acoustic tone ever.

To take a look at the range of Yamaha acoustic guitars from the new L series follow this link.

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