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Yamaha SLG130NW Silent Acoustic/Electric Guitar
- Dimensions: Depth 49
- String Scale: 650
- Body: Maple
- Finger Board: Ebony
- Overall Controls: Master Volume
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Wherever there are people, there is music. And wherever musicians are, their music is always with them, waiting to get out. Yamaha's Silent Guitar now means that wherever you are, and whenever you want to play, your guitar can be right there with you. Cutting edge design and master-luthier craftsmanship are uniquely combined to create a guitar that offers outstanding playability matched with incredible practicality - all with the same attention to detail as the guitars that have been played by some of the biggest names in music, players such as Jimmy Page, Brian May, John Lennon, Paul Simon and Joe Bonamassa. At home or on the road, with headphones or direct into a recording console, in the rehearsal studio or on stage in front of 20,000 fans Silent Guitar performs perfectly and gives you something new. The ability to really have your music with you, wherever you are.
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As most users have commented (I also find):
Overall, GREAT instrument.
Beautiful design, and build quality, good materials.
The electronics are top notch. The controls are simple but essential and effective.
What does not seem to have been commented:
1. It is noticeable heavier than a conventional classical guitar. This heavier weight is kind of unexpected for a box-less, frame-only, electronic, instrument. I think this is probably due to the massive solid wood used throughout. Lifting/holding it with the left hand is how I noticed this. I do wish it were lighter, since classic guitars are not meant to be used with a neck strap support. Overall, it is still OK weight-wise, though.
2. Although the nut size and neck width are pretty much conventional size as compared to a classical guitar, I did put mine along with the SLG-130NW side by side after feeling that the strings were somewhat closer together in the SLG, and verified that they ARE. It is obvious even by sight. In my guitar, which is a 1979 unit from a notorius luthier at Sevilla, Spain, both E strings are closer to the edge of the fretboard at the nut. The difference was confirmed by a bone nut I got along with a bone saddle (The Yamaha saddle and nut are suitable synthetic material, confirmed by Yamaha parts people). I got these bone pieces from an unfamiliar Amazon supplier of "quality" items. The quality was there. The nut length and height was exactly as the Yamaha's, but the received bone nut has wider spacing for strings at the nut, which matches my old luthier-made guitar.
=> So, as far as I can say, the string spacings at the nut as supplied for the SLG-130NW should have just a little more separation. Some may like it as provided, though.
3. I had issue on the higher action from strings to frets, and decided to put a lower saddle. This is why I ordered the bone saddle and nut for classical guitar as a set. The nut was of the exact length and height as the Yamaha, but was thicker. So I did shave it down to a good fit at the groove using a belt sander. The saddle, was not as easy to deal with. It was 80 mm long (the SLG-130NW original saddle is 82 mm long.). I managed a good fit of the bone saddle, but no audible improvement in sound, which I heard and measured as weak in both of the E strings (the two outer ones, of course). The loweer volume of the two E (outer strings) was as such when received.
How I got much better sound finally:
4. I changed the strings to a used set of Savarez Corum Alliance 500AJ High Tension Classical Guitar Strings that I had at hand. The Yamaha treble strings provided are fatter and, would say, not the best quality. The Savarez improved the trebles sounds, in particular, somewhat. But the both E strings still showed weak volume compared to the 4 in between. I mean a noticeably stronger volume at basically the same play force, for the 4 strings in between the two "E" strings (verified by ear and graph bars software).
5. After thinking about the problem, an "original" thought came to me about cutting the saddle in half, so bass strings and treble strings would ride on their own piece of saddle (I afterwards found out that this has been done before, ha ha). So I cut the saddle, as said, and voila! I have now great sound. Better that as supplied, and pretty much even volumes on all six strings. I couldn't hope for better sound.
=> So it was: Better strings, bone nut, and bone saddle SPLIT in half.
6. My rationale for splitting the saddle, was: Since the SLG-130NW uses a ribbon type pickup (not piezo) similar to a condenser microphone, it must be very important that the saddle be perfectly flat as it presses against it, and this is easier to achieve with TWO separate pieces, instead of one longer piece. The other part of the rationale is that the trebles would be vibrating against a smaller piece of bone, and the basses likewise; and that a smaller mass of bone is easier to vibrate than a heavier one; plus there would be some separation of frequencies, from one bone to the other. Another advantage is that each separate bone piece can have a different height for trebles or basses, if desired.
The other important thing is that, to achieve the better sound, I have worked only with user REPLACEABLE items and all of these changes are reversible by putting back the original parts. So there should be no warranty issues, or regrettable doings.
My reasons for buying theSLG-130NW Classical Silent Guitar:
1. I wanted the capability of recording a separate, clean, guitar audio track, even when singing along (using an audio interface with separate inputs).
2. My luthier made guitar is old and delicate, hard to replace, and quite expensive. An alternative was called for.
3. The silent capability.
4. The portability and the ruggedness.
5. The potential to add easily ambient effects, and special effects, both after recording, and in real-time. I have already tested some of those with very good results. Can use BOTH its built-in effects and controls, as well as external ones in real time, separately or combined, with no latency for external hardware effects; and for software vsts's unnoticeable 40 milliseconds).
6. No need for tedious microphone setups to record or play live.
7. With the battery and ear-buds (quality ones, not the ones included) it is as independent as can be. The sound is excellent thus.
8. Can trigger MIDI-Guitar software, which is impractical or impossible with an only acoustical guitar via microphones. Not a total solution, but possibilities do open.
9. Easy to tune by feeding its output to a pc, tablet, or smart-phone, with any of various free guitar tuner applications available.
10. Higher volume for playing (performance/practice) with amplified sound system, without need for microphone; or nearly zero external sound with ear-buds. Excellent sound quality either way.
Of course, my case and comments are peculiar to what I got and wished to have, and not meant to be of a generalized nature. I rate this instrument as a FIVE-STAR product.
Also, the good Yamaha-authorized dealer Andy's Music/Amazon delivered it in 2 days. Ihe original Yamaha box was shipped inside a second larger box and the item arrived in perfect shape.
Aesthetically, this guitar is gorgeous. Mine came with no fit or finish issues and the high-gloss amber sunburst coloring makes it pop when on a stand. Haven't traveled with it yet but I have no concerns that it won't fit in an overhead compartment once the upper bout is removed. The padded soft case is sufficient for such purposes.
Fingerboard: (edit) Ebony (initial review listed Rosewood based on Yamaha's original specs which have changed)
Frame Unit: Maple
Strings: Nylon Guitar Strings
Power: AC adaptor or 9V battery (up to 13 hours of playing time via battery)
AUX IN Level Control
LINE OUT jack (monaural)
PHONES jack (stereo)
REVERB switch (OFF/1/2)
HEADPHONES switch (ON/OFF)
LINE OUT Jack with POWER Switch (Inserting a plug into the jack switches the power on).
String Length 650 mm (25-9/16").
Dimensions 965 x 365 x 80 mm (38" x 14-3/8" x 3-1/8") (with the left frame attached and to the end of the strap pin)
Weight approximately 1.8 kg (3 lbs.15 oz.)
Highly recommend for those desiring a lightweight, practice guitar.
The sound is definitely not classical, though not too bad. The biggest gripe here is that it is a bit dull, without an edge. This can be improved somewhat with the treble control, but not by a whole lot. My rating is 3.5 stars, but I don't need a genuine sound that much.
Unplugged it is not quite silent. Someone in the next room with an open door will definitely hear the treble strings (but absolutely no bass). Actually, it sounds pretty much like an unplugged electric guitar.
The most problematic part for me is intonation, which is far from perfect. I have a terrible ear, but I can hear it sounding not perfectly in tune on high frets (5th and higher), when trying to tune it and playing some chords. My very inaccurate Snark tuner shows it between one and two divisions (~4–8 cents) sharp on the 12th fret of the high E string. My rating here is 2.5 stars.
The instrument design is probably just fine for hanging it over your neck and standing up (you can attach a strap to the screws), but when you use it in the classical sitting posture, the top part resting against your chest is way too thin and cuts in uncomfortably. There should be something to spread the pressure over a larger area, but there isn't. The bottom screw holding the top part in place may be sticking right into your thigh, depending on your complexion. Not comfortable at all. My rating here 3 stars.
Bottom line: a decent practice instrument, but definitely overpriced given design flaws and mediocre intonation. Yamaha can probably get away with it because there is not much competition. I would probably have bought it anyway because I need a silent guitar for my practice.
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