Yamaha is a huge corporation who manufactures the most diverse range of gear, from motorcycles to synthesizers. So how could they possibly make great acoustic guitars, too? As it happens, they do...
When thinking of great acoustic guitar brands, most people will mention names such as Gibson, Martin, Epiphone or Taylor straight away, for instance. After all, these are brands who made their name first and foremost as guitar manufacturers, and whose acoustic guitars have been made since the 19th century, in some cases.
Yamaha also deserves a place on anyone's list of top guitar brands. They've been making great acoustic guitar since the early 1950's, and are responsible for one of the best and most popular beginner's guitar in the world, the Yamaha FG310. This model offers an unbelievable value-for-money, and its combination of affordability with great tone is hard to beat. First introduced in 1969, the FG series are player favourites that have been used at countless gigs, written thousands of songs and are heard by millions of people year after year.
Yamaha's commitment to making only the finest instruments shines through with select tonewoods, ultra-thin finishes and pro-spec setups making the FG range deserving of its place in history.
Of course, making great, affordable guitars is not enough to truly make a brand's reputation. What about the pros? The best way to gauge how good a brand is, is by looking at who uses it. And Yamaha acoustic guitars, as it happens, have been used by some of the best and most influential guitarists, ever! What to say of a brand who still manages to get a top guitarist such as Blur's Graham Coxon excited about a new instrument?
So I took this lovely thing home the other night... pic.twitter.com/JVwTjYVBma
— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) September 14, 2015
Graham Coxon, as some might know, is a big fan of the late, great Bert Jansch, the acoustic guitar player who revolutionized the 60's English folk-music revival. Jansch played a Yamaha LL11 for most of his career, and though this particular model is not available anymore, the L series lives on, with some great current models.
Here's a video of Bert Janch playing one of his most popular tunes, 'Angie'. It showcases not only his talent, but the fantastic tone of his Yamaha acoustic guitar:
It's not a coincidence that other great guitarists who've been influenced by Jansch also decided to play Yamaha acoustic guitars: besides Coxon, Paul Simon and Jimmy Page also played Yamaha acoustics. Maybe they figured out that the secret of his sound was as much due to his choice of guitar as to his technique!
But many other top guitarists also play Yamaha: Keb Mo, Lee Ritenour, Rodrigo & Gabriela, and Joe Bonamassa have all chosen the brand at one point or another.
What Makes Yamaha Acoustics So Special?
While it's true that Yamaha is a big corporation, the care they take in the development and manufacturing of their acoustic guitars is second to none - you might as well be talking about a tiny boutique brand!
From the choice of woods to the shape and feel of their necks, every Yamaha model is designed with the utmost care to detail. But one of the best features on some Yamaha acoustic models is their exclusive A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) technology. It's an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha, which via precise control of temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, let them manipulate the molecular properties of the wood into a more acoustically ideal condition, similar to the molecular characteristics of woods in instruments that have been played for years.
In other words - an Yamaha A.R.E. guitar may look brand new, but have the sweet tone of a vintage instrument! It's a win-win situation for the discerning guitar player.
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