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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele, Natural

4.8 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews
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Guitalele
Natural
  • 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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Product Description

Style: Guitalele | Color: Natural

Introducing the Yamaha GL1 Guitalele, now officially available for the first time in the USA! 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.

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Style:Guitalele  |  Color:Natural
Item Weight 3.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 28.8 x 12 x 4 inches
Shipping Weight 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000RVYMWE
Item model number GL1
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4.8 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,361 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#142 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > General Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com May 2, 2008

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By loveguitar VINE VOICE on December 23, 2011
Style Name: GuitaleleColor: Natural Verified Purchase
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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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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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 (down) 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 overall 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. I gave it a 4 rather than 5 because it is so functionally basic (no strap pin, no decal, crappy tartan soft case) - but it really is a no nonsense value for money traveler. (Now I've got two!)
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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.
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I've had my guitalele (I've named him "Steve") for about three months now, and I gotta tell you, life without Steve would be a sad one indeed. It's incredibly light, and even tinier than I anticipated (roughly the size of my chihuahua mix. yes, we took measurements), but produces a huge, booming, cheerfulness-inducing sound. You cannot keep a straight face while playing this instrument. Smiling like a goof is mandatory. The case it comes with is perfectly nice, and from there I just throw it in my messenger bag with the neck sticking out a bit and go about my business. Especially as someone who lives, works, and plays in NYC, having a travel-friendly instrument is beyond amazing. Everywhere I take it, everyone wants to borrow it

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.
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