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Yamaha L Series press release
The L Series has been with us for 40 years, a revered line of handcrafted acoustic guitars known for their tonal quality, fine tone woods and impeccable workmanship, now features several new innovations that deliver classic quality, value and a genuine redesign befitting of a 40th anniversary.
A ground up redesign Yamaha’s guitar team took two years to develop the new L series features. For example identifying modern trends, how an Acoustic Guitar should perform in a mix as well as solo player requirements tonally and technically.
Therefore, all new models continue to feature solid Engelmann spruce tops however they are now newly 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 a vintage instrument that has been played for many years. A. R. E. treatment provides outstanding tonal balance and eliminates the harsh edge common with younger guitars.
Significantly, the guitars have a redesigned bracing pattern, introducing a lower bracing height and shape that improves the vibration of the top board and tonal transference throughout the guitar, creating a balanced low end, a crisp top end and an increase in volume, characteristics in keeping with current market demands.
Improvements to the feel of the neck on the guitars, makes the L series immediately comfortable to play. Refining the neck profile, all the models now have a five-ply design and the L series has a lower string action and wider string spacing.
In a first for the complete range of L Series, these models come with an unobtrusive passive under-saddle piezo pick up for live applications that does not affect the unplugged sound or detract from the guitar’s gorgeous finishes. Yamaha added this almost invisible and simple-to-use feature that expands each guitar’s capabilities.
Previously available with Rosewood back and sides only, 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.