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Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Opj77, Apr 13, 2021.
That really looks nice IMO.
Those LL series Yamahas are great guitars.
I have an LL16 that is just awesome.......they hang with guitars costing a LOT more.
As a matter of fact, I sold off a high end boutique acoustic after getting the Yamaha.
What all strings have you tried on it? Do you prefer the stock saddle? I tried out a bone saddle but was not too impressed.
I've left mine completely stock.....I feel there's no need to upgrade anything on it.
My preference for strings are D'Addario Nickel Bronze.....I've tried a few other D'Addarios and Martins.
The Martin Monel Retros sound nice, but I think the Nickel Bronze are just a bit better sounding - and longer lasting, at least for me.
The only accessory I've acquired for it is a preamp pedal - a Boss AD-2.
Since the SRT pickup is passive, it really needs an outboard preamp to sound it's best.
Ive got a set of Retros laying around. Was wondering if they would sound good on this guitar or not. I may string em up. I have a set of DR Rares on it which fit it perfectly. Warms up the tone and gives it more of a woody sound. Random question but can you see any telegraphing of the X braces when you hold it in the light?
I don't see any sign of the braces showing.
It's as pretty heavily built guitar......I've seen this on light builds, but not on a new Yamaha.
Some people need to protect their guitar tops.
Jon Gomm's old Lowden "Wilma" is retired already. A photo from his Twitter, 2018:
Caption: "Some TLC for Wilma on a hotel bed."
What are the visual characteristics of quality rosewood vs “ok” rosewood. I understand a little about spruce but not rosewood.
This is the back of my Yammy. I didn’t know it had colors in it until I brought it out by a window.
There's a bunch
Usually really tight grain but as you can see.... there's alot of different shades
Lucky you, my top brace shows badly and has a big dimple at the end. Can’t feel it but you can sure see it.
Like most other woods, tight grain lines running fairly straight
For rosewood preferences, I see two schools of thought: 1) quartersawn wood that gives straight grain lines and possibly better structural integrity, and 2) whatever it takes to make interesting visuals with swirls and stuff.
So the grain lines on my Yam photo above are probably about average?
I think they look very nice. They flow straight and the pattern is tight.
How long did you leave the monels on? I tried a set and they sound terrible out of the pack, although I’m aware that monels take forever to break in. I’m fighting the urge to take them right back off.
Leave them for at least 2-3 days of playing. I’ve never liked monel on RW back and side guitars. Nickel bronze D’addario sounds good on them but not monel to me.
How do you describe nickel bronze strings? Youtube vids are not the best way to form an opinion but they sound a little thin and overtone heavy, like EB aluminum bronze strings.
I’m trying a set of Retros right now on my GS Mini, they have settled and warmed up quite a bit. They seem louder than the elixir PBs that were on there.
BTW, nice Yamaha Ll16! I have an LJ16, it’s a Billy Corgan signature model. They are just amazing guitars for the money, truly worth twice what they cost, easily.