Yamaha GL1 Guitalele, Natural
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- A unique mini 6-string nylon guitar that is sized like a baritone ukulele (17" scale) and plays like a guitar
- The guitalele's tuning is pitched up to "A" (or up to a 4th) at A/D/G/C/E/A.
- Nylon Strings
- Comes with a soft case bag
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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele
Introducing the Yamaha GL1 Guitalele. Half guitar, half ukulele…100% fun. A unique mini 6-string nylon guitar that is sized like a baritone ukulele (17” scale) and plays like a standard tune guitar. The guitalele’s tuning is pitched up to “A” (or up a 4th) at A/D/G/C/E/A. Includes a free soft case gig bag.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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..Read more ›
Other reviewers have covered the technical aspects, so I'm just gonna say that I enjoy the living daylights out of playing this thing. It is so much fun. It's not like a travel guitar, where you make sacrifices for the sake of portability and still have to deal with the freakishly long neck and horrible tinfoil sound. It's a 'real' guitar, just tiny. The neck is pretty darn close to standard size, just shorter scale, and the uke/classical-guitar-style tuners means it stays in tune much more reliably even when it's getting jostled around. It sounds huge. When I record with it, I don't even need to mic it separately because it booms loud enough to be heard over my voice (and I have a big mouth).
I've also found it incredibly convenient to play. Because it's bigger than a standard uke, it fits perfectly under my arm, and I can easily stand and sit and play or even walk around and play without needing a strap or anything. (If you have really long arms or something, this may not be the case for you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been playing for ten years...Action is awesome, sounds great and plays great, and obviously it's very very travel friendly and comes with a case. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Luke
Great little guitar/ukelele for travel and just strumming casually. For the price I am very pleased with the overall quality. Read morePublished 4 days ago by charles howarth
This thing is amazing. I keep it in my car for playing in traffic. I live in Atlanta where a car is a terribly hot place for an instrument. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Russell Kirn
So pleased when this little thing. I bought it for my son as a travel option. Little did I know the impeccable sound and quality.Published 1 month ago by gfmama
As someone who plays music this my honest opinion-
The tuning as a 4th fret guitar is actually fun, interesting, easy to learn and gives your brain a work out it hasn't... Read more
This is a fun instrument to play just for the heck of it. It combines a guitar and uke in a small package. It has a nice sound for what it is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynda Wilson