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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele Guitar Ukulele

by Yamaha
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List Price: $141.00
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  • Ukulele plays like a standard guitar
  • Spruce top, Meranti back & sides
  • Includes soft case gig bag
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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele Guitar Ukulele + D'Addario EJ46 Pro-Arte Nylon Classical Guitar Strings, Hard Tension + D'Addario EJ45 Pro-Arte Nylon Classical Guitar Strings, Normal Tension
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 12 x 4 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004N6RBWW
  • Item model number: GL1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,711 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 10, 2011

Product Description

Yamaha GL1 Guitalele Guitar Ukulele

Introducing the Yamaha GL1 Guitalele Guitar Ukulele, now officially available for the first time in the USA! Half guitar, half ukulele - 100% fun.

17" Scale

A unique mini 6-string nylon guitar that is sized like a baritone ukulele (17” scale) and plays like a standard tune guitar.

Tuning

The guitalele’s tuning is pitched up to “A” (or up to a 4th) at A/D/G/C/E/A.

Features

  • Spruce top
  • Meranti back & sides
  • Nato neck
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Soft case gig bag included


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It sounds good and is surprisingly well made.
Mar141
I take it with me when I go hiking, to school, to the beach, or anywhere really.
trevor
The instrument is very beautiful and seems to be made with quality.
Lucky

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By trevor on May 19, 2011
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I love this thing. I tied a strap to it with some shoe strings, I slap it on my back, get on my bike. I take it with me when I go hiking, to school, to the beach, or anywhere really. The tuning on it is ADGCEA which would be equal to as if you had a capo on a regular guitar's 5th fret, which means that you can play the same chord shapes as a regular guitar, the notes will just be higher.

As far as quality goes, I'm pretty happy with it. Some people said the strings that they got were no good, but I've had mine for about 3 months now and I have no complaints. The strings are very sensitive though. They bend very easily, so sometimes the chords played sound good and other times they might sound a little off. I see as a very delicate instrument.. when I press down my fingers for chords I press them straight down and make sure I'm not bending them. A;so, because they bend easily, it can go out of tune pretty easily too. I tune mine often, to make sure they are good to go. I have always tuned my normal guitars by ear, however I find that it is harder to do with the guitarlele, so I use a tuner usually.

Visually I have no complaints, the wood and finish are nice, the neck has good action and feel, although a small part of me wishes that they had some artwork around the soundhole. As for sound quality, I love it.. the higher strings/notes do stand out more in a way, and definitely have the ukulele sound, but if you play gently enough it creates a nice balance. The resonance is beautiful. It has a very warm, mellow sound. It's pretty loud for it's size too. And it is so versatile, you can play Spanish style chords like Em and Am which sounds awesome (Onda Vaga uses a uke, perfect example, youtube them), .. you can emulate a mandolin to an extent..
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Loveguitar VINE VOICE on December 23, 2011
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I bought my Yamaha guitarlele about 2 years ago from Long & McQuade located in Canada. It's the same as the one Amazon is selling here. I teach classical guitar but have always loved the sound of ukulele. My reason for buying this is because I don't have to learn how to play the ukulele and can play the guitarlele using the knowledge I already have - yea!

It is very similar to a guitar in many important ways. It has the same 6 strings tuned the same way. However, and this is VERY important so please read carefully: To get the best sound out of your new guitarlele you must tune each string up in pitch. For example, let's take the 6th string (lowest) and tune it up to A instead of E. Clip on your electronic guitar tuner and crank that string up a bit until the tuner reads "A". It will be the same pitch as the actual 5th string on the guitar.

So here's the breakdown on tuning each string:
6th = A
5th = D
4th = G
3rd = C
2nd = E
1st = A

You really need to to tune it this way because otherwise the strings are too floppy and you won't get that beautiful ukulele voice. The action is very good and it will not be any harder to play.

The instrument overall is fairly easy to play, especially in the lower positions. I have trouble holding it because I'm used to holding a classical guitar so I always have to make adjustments to get used to it. Barring chords especially higher up the neck is kind of tough because the frets are so close together so I usually play easier stuff. Also, I have discovered that certain types of music really play well and others aren't so good. Almost all Celtic music sounds great! Christmas carols are lovely, but Spanish stuff doesn't sound so great, imho.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By hooper on May 30, 2011
I bought mine second hand as I am always on the look out for travel instruments. I love it! It's supposed to be tuned from A, but I didn't know that at first and I tuned it from E (as per normal guitar) or D for a bit more tension and I LOVE that bendy sound!. I play fast off-beat vamping for comic songs and the slack at those lower pitches works great. I'm damping a lot so the over all effect is almost like a train chuffing - rounded and full of character. Tuned as intended (in A) it is more accurate with less of that slack character. Fits easily into a rucksack or bike basket and sounds far better than any 'travel guitar' I have tried. Everyone who's played mine wants one.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By William Roberts on March 17, 2011
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This is a great little instrument to keep in the trunk of your car. You never know when the opportunity may come up to do some playing. The quality is unbelievable for the price. I paid around $100 for mine off Amazon and got free shipping to boot. You can't buy a very high quality ukulele for that price. And you get the bass strings on this for more guitar like playing. Don't expect it to have a mellow guitar type sound. It is more like a tenor uke with a couple bass strings. At this price you could afford to have one to carry with you and one around the house when you get the urge to make a little music.
William Roberts
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Allen on September 28, 2011
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This was probably the best $99 I spent all year...
No kidding!
The guitar is totally playable, sounds great and fits in a suitcase for travel.
Plus I get the sound of a uke without the learning curve. This thing is a winner for ANY guitar player.
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