Yamaha’s L Series is the company’s high-quality, traditionally-styled range of non-cutaway guitars in three body styles, LL (dreadnought), LS (grand auditorium/folk) and LJ (jumbo).
For 2014 the range has been updated with new bracing and ARE-treated, solid Engelmann spruce tops. The acronym stands for Acoustic Resonance Enhancement and is essentially ‘pre-ageing’, giving what Yamaha describes as a ‘rich, vintage quality tone straight from the factory.’
The modified bracing is said to enhance low end. In addition, the new L Series instruments have a new, passive, SRT ‘Zero Impact’ pickup (Zero Impact refers to visual impact) and a new ‘high comfort traditional’ neck shape.
Guitars come in either spruce/rosewood or spruce/mahogany combinations: a 6 suffix means laminate back and sides; 16 means all solid; D means deluxe trim.
Pricing starts at £465 for the LL6M and LS6M, up to £872 for the top-of-the-line LL16D.