Yamaha Revamps L Series Line of Handcrafted Guitars, Enhancing Playability and Tonal Quality

1/23/2014 [Guitars & Basses]

ANAHEIM (January 23, 2014) —Yamaha today introduced the redesigned L Series handcrafted line of acoustic guitars at the 2014 NAMM Show.

The L Series, a revered line of handcrafted acoustic guitars known for tonal quality, fine tone woods and impeccable workmanship, now features several innovations that deliver classic quality and value.

All new models now include solid Engelmann spruce tops that are treated with A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement), an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha. Instruments made with this technology produce a tonal richness that can only be found in vintage models that have been played for many years. A. R. E. treatment provides outstanding tonal balance and eliminates the harsh edge common with younger guitars. More information is available at http://4wrd.it/are.

Redesigned bracing, introducing a lower bracing height and shape, improves the vibration of the top board and tonal transference throughout the guitar, creating a balanced low end and crisp top end characteristics. Several other playability enhancements include a refined, thinner neck profile, lower string action and wider string spacing. A new five-ply neck design adds stability and additional tone enhancement.

In a first for the L Series, these models come with an unobtrusive passive under-saddle Studio Response Technology (S. R. T.) pickup for live applications that does not affect the unplugged sound or detract from the gorgeous finishes of these guitars. Yamaha added this almost invisible and simple-to-use feature that expands each guitar's capabilities.

Previously constructed only with Rosewood back and sides, the new L Series now offers models with Mahogany back and sides, in addition to the Rosewood models, to meet the market demand for both popular choices.

"It is rare to find a guitar line with this kind of quality construction, top-notch materials and Acoustic Resonance Enhancement at this price," said Armando Vega, product manager, Yamaha Guitars, Yamaha Corporation of America. "The added pickup enhances the unmatched value that these guitars provide."

Pricing and Availability
The Yamaha LL6 ARE, LL16 ARE, LS16 ARE, LL16-12 ARE, LL16L ARE and LL16D ARE (MSRP: $849.99 to $1,699) are shipping.

For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2014 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, running January 23-26, or visit http://4wrd.it/YAMAHAUSA.

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