Best acoustic guitars for the Money
To find the “best acoustic guitar for beginners” a look at what Yamaha has to offer is well worth the effort.
Understanding why Yamaha builds quality into all their products no matter what the price range is to look at their corporate philosophy. Here is a link to their corporate page that explains their Philosophy. Yamaha’s corporate philosophy.
A short history of Yamaha
Yamaha goes back to the late 1800’s. Their first musical instrument was an organ and the company name was the Nippon Gakki Corporation.
They started in guitars with a classical and a Spanish influence.
They dabbled with other products such as harmonicas, phonographs, and acoustics for big venues. They also produced archery products and we all have seen their motorcycles.
In 1942 they produced their first acoustic guitars. They offered classical guitars and a 12 string.
Yamaha builds an acoustic guitar for everyone
In the 1960’s Yamaha introduced their FG series of acoustic guitars. The first were high-quality handcrafted FG 1500’s and FG 2000’s.The design of these guitars had the benefit of input from experienced guitar players. The became more prevalent in the 70’s. Today’s L series are a result of the early work on the FG series. To shop Yamaha guitars.
Yamaha works for balanced tone and response
They seek to have a well-balanced guitar where the bass and treble compliment each other and neither out does the other.
The tonewoods are blended
Yamaha blends the quality tonewoods for sustained highs, rich lows and the complete control of the player.
Dovetail neck joint
From the 70’s Yamaha has used a dovetailed neck to body joint so that there is nothing that stops the vibrating sound of the wood. Thus a balanced tone.
Design of the acoustic
The LL series is more slender at the top than the standard dreadnaught. ( see my Glossary of terms page for dreadnaught definition) The body is slightly wider so that the tone is more defined.
For a long time, Yamaha has offered the LA series and more recently the LS series designed to give a sweet gentle tone suited for fingerstyle and recording.
The LJ series came about in 2004, with a tight midsection and a deeper body. This design is for today’s modern player. The LJ is strong in the mid range and offers an aggressive sound well suited for stage and for the discerning home player.
Yamaha knows Lacquer
Yamaha works closely with the lacquer manufacturers. They want specially developed finishing lacquers for their handcrafted guitars. A good finish allows the guitar to breathe and vibrate so the highest quality sound can be produced. A good acoustic guitar must feel alive as well as sound good.
Yamaha Quality begins in their classical designs.
Yamaha says,” No effort is spared in upholding and refining the demanding standards of tone and quality passed down to Yamaha from some of the most eminent luminaries in the history of classical guitar, and we carry on the tradition with both humility and pride.”
Some of these Spanish luminaries are Eduardo Ferrer, Manuel Hernandez, Santos Hernandez, Marcelo Barbero, and German Luthier Hermann Hauser.
The father of modern classical guitar design, Antonio de Torres, is part of the noble lineage of Yamaha classical guitar design.
There are three locations where Yamaha acoustics are made. The Music Craft Factory and custom Shop in Japan, The Hangzhou Yamaha factory in China, and Yamaha Music Manufacturing in Indonesia. The same quality of tonewoods and craftsmanship is prevalent at all locations.
You can find a guitar in your price range and it will be built with quality. I always recommend a solid top guitar but with Yamaha, a laminated top is an option. The sound is good but may not sustain as long.
From inexpensive to high-quality solid wood guitars the craftsmanship is there. You can not say that, with all manufacturers. Some may be better in the high end but don’t pay close attention to the economy models.
From beginner to intermediate, to pro, Yamaha has something to offer.
To shop Yamaha guitars.
Yamaha Authorized Warranties For The United States Market.
Yamaha Corporation of America (“Yamaha”) is the exclusive authorized U.S. importer and distributor of Yamaha® musical instruments. Only Yamaha® products designed and manufactured for the United States meet applicable product safety standards. Only Yamaha Authorized Dealers can provide new Yamaha products with warranty coverage valid in the United States. Only Yamaha Authorized Dealers are trained to provide you with service and support before, during and after your purchase. Many retailers attempt to trade on the valuable reputation of the Yamaha name – before you buy from them, Yamaha would like you to know the potential risks of doing so.
Is Amazon considered an authorized Yamaha dealer? Do you get the 1-year factory warranty? Thank you.
Yes, it is if your guitar is considered “B” stock. You get a 1-year warranty.
If it is “C” stock you may get a 120 day or less warranty. You can return it. Check what the stock no. and warranty is before purchase.
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