Yamaha Silent Guitar

Category: Gadgets & Tools
Price: n/a
Total Reviews: 8 customer reviews
Average Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Practice your passion without disrupting those around you by playing on this Yamaha silent guitar. It features a comfortable mahogany neck and maple body in ... [Read more]

Top Reviews

this guitar is fantastic. The built in effects help make up for ...
by jeremy todd (5 out of 5 stars)
January 23, 2015

I looked at a lot of different guitars before deciding to go with this. I mainly play classical but also some jazz etc...this guitar is fantastic. The built in effects help make up for fairly thin base and mids. The treble is really dominant even turned all the way down. That said with some adjustments it gets better and effects/dif amps help produce a fun sound. I think it's a nice substitute for an archtop (which I was also interested in). In short the sound requires some adjustment but built in effects make this fairly simple. The guitar arrive perfectly set up and is wonderfully playable. Access to higher frets is better than on even a cutaway. The nut width is 50mm and the neck is not as thick as a standard classical guitar which affords enough room for complex chords and right hand work but makes stretches a bit easier. The overall ergonomics of the guitar coupled with the ability to play around with sound easily makes this a very fun and practical guitar. The finish/workmanship on the guitar is impressive and is aesthetically pleasing.
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Very Nice Guitar
by Michael Cornett (5 out of 5 stars)
November 11, 2011

I bought the Yamaha SLG110N to use as a quiet practice instrument that I could use anytime without disturbing the other members of my family. I didn't expect much in the way of sound quality, but hoped that it wouldn't sound too bad.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the sound of the guitar. While the sound is not identical to an acoustic classical guitar of decent quality, it is not at all unpleasant. In fact, it sounds pretty good. The neck is very nice, and mine was set up very well. The fit and finish of the instrument is flawless. Yamaha does a really good job with consistent quality, and this guitar is no exception.
The guitar comes with a padded gig bag, an AC adapter, and a pretty decent pair of Yamaha ear buds to use with it. I planned to use my Q-Jays with the guitar, but find that the Yamaha ear buds work well enough.
If you're looking for a great practice guitar that you can use almost anywhere or anytime, the Yamaha SLG110N is a good candidate to put on your list.
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Perfect for traveling
by TLK (5 out of 5 stars)
May 17, 2013

This works very well for a travel guitar and is great for the back porch sessions too. I highly recommend it.
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Five Stars
by Gary Welch (5 out of 5 stars)
July 15, 2014

Great for silent practice and sounds great through amp and heafphones
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Treble vs bass string balance problem
by Jack Jones (1 out of 5 stars)
December 22, 2014

Bought several years ago when they first came out.
Pros: Easy to play, very light weight and portable, you can remove the arms and pack it small.
Cons: The B Band pickup system has a serious flaw which was only too evident on the SLG and another Yamaha full bodied guitar I had once, some flamenco nylon electric: The basses do not come through when amplified. I took the 1st SLG back and exchanged it for another, same problem. That's 3 Yamahas with that pickup system, making all three unplayable. The bass/treble response was completely off, and no amount of equalization on the guitar, amp, or any combination would correct it. It did not sound very natural when amped either.
So you are being forewarned. The string imbalance may or may not be a problem for anyone else out there, it's for you to judge depending on how you play and amp. My advice would be that unless you need a travel guitar, get a real one. If I could do it over, I would not have bought this guitar.
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What you get at this price
by William Polhemus (4 out of 5 stars)
September 21, 2013

Bought about five years ago. Played off and on during that time.
Pros
As advertised, easy to set up, authentic classical guitar feel - though you must get used to how close the body sits to the player. Good sound.
Cons
Good sound but not great. The piezo "quack" is very evident. Surprising given the price and the quality of piezo-electric pickups available today
Battery life is an issue. There is no "auto-off". Better not forget to flip the switch. You'd think at this price it could switch itself off.
Biggest complaint: no built-in tuner. Again you'd think at this price that would be featured. I have since added an NS micro tuner, but still, you're not really getting the features at this price point you'd expect from a less-expensive "real" classical guitar.
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This is a great travel guitar
by D. D. Gabrielson (4 out of 5 stars)
August 13, 2014

This is a great travel guitar. Not sure why I waited so long to get one. Now I practice whenever I want - and that's the point.
Action needed setup - way too high and uneven volume across strings. Was an easy fix removing the bridge saddle and using 60 then 180 grit sandpaper. Stock strings are not so great but I'll play them out before switching.
Sound quality is just fine plugged in and via headphones. I'll bet my Fishman Aura stompbox will help even more. Just haven't tested that yet. Just spent a month in travel so my options were limited - but I played!!

it does sound good via Line 6 to my iPad - fun playing a distorted nylon every now and then.
I tried several travel guitars. Most are hokey. This one is cool.
I use a strap - feels odd sitting down. Workable but odd without a soundboard. Once standing that goes away.
I do play seated too. Just have to watch hand position.
I have about 10 guitars mostly very high end. I'm looking forward to playing this one out!
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Good practice guitar. Easy to record.
by Hakon Soreide (4 out of 5 stars)
February 7, 2014

I just got back into learning guitar again after many years, and I was looking for something that was compact, not too expensive, decent quality, light but solid, easy to record consistently, and after browsing through travel guitars, I found this one, which got consistently good reviews, looked nice, wouldn't disturb anyone while I practiced the same phrases over and over, and I even found a mint second hand one for a decent price.
Most people buying one of these don't expect it to sound exactly like a good-quality classical guitar. What surprises lots of people, is how much it actually does sound like an acoustic, considering its lack of a resonating chamber. Of course you don't get the same oomph out of hammer on and pull-off techniques or the richness of bass resonance, but both strumming and finger playing sounds nice.
The length of the power supply cable is a bit on the short side, meaning you need to sit close to your power socket or extension cable when using it. I've not run it on battery power yet, but getting rechargeables or buying batteries cheaper in bulk would be the way to go if that were your preference.
I did, however, find it quite fine practicing on it without headphones as long as it's in a quiet room, so I won't need to be plugged in all the time. The sound is also loud enough that my tiny Korg clip-on tuner had no problems picking it up for me to tune it properly. Tuning pegs are nice, and firm and easy to use, as they should be on a quality instrument - and definitely better than on the cheaper guitars I've played before.
The guitar feels solidly built, looks nice, and is easy to record.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone else with similar requirements to mine. For me, and for now, it's the only guitar I will need, but - if I really get into my guitar playing - I would probably augment it with a good quality acoustic a few years down the line.

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