Yamaha Silent Guitar SLG130NW

A stage-friendly nylon-string guitar

Designed primarily to be practice tools, Yamaha's Silent steel and nylon guitars are intended to be played with headphones and exhibit virtually zero acoustic sound.

"As many high profile players have concluded: Yamaha's Silent Guitars don't feed back when amplified"

But, as many high profile players have concluded (including Brian May, Lee Ritenour and even Rodrigo y Gabriela), not only do they look pretty futuristic and cool, but when amplified, they don't feed back.

This guitar is very well engineered and the neck is beautifully shaped, too. The 'board is ebony like a high-end classical and, bulk aside, the cleverly designed frame makes it feel as though you're playing a classical guitar.

Sounds

The Yamaha features a good low classical string height and wide bridge spacing, although its nut spacing is a little cramped.

There's enough acoustic sound for practice in a quiet environment, but that's not really the point. Plugged in, it sounds very good, and although there's a more electric-like sustain, especially from the lower strings, you can see why numerous players actually use these guitars live.

The EQ is basic but effective, and the effects are usable, especially the two reverbs and echo. Of course, if your style includes any percussive body slaps, you can't do them here.

MusicRadar Rating

4.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Excellent, futuristic-style design and build. Amplified sounds.

Cons

There's no tuner onboard here.

Verdict

It might seem like a gimmick, but this is a highly practical practice tool and great plugged in for stage or home-recording use.

Width at Nut (mm)

52.4

Scale Length (mm)

650

Scale Length (Inches)

25.59

No. of Frets

19

Width at Nut (Inches)

2.06

Hardware

Gold classical tuners with amber buttons, two strap buttons plus output jack

Bridge

Indian rosewood/59mm (2.32")

Special Features

Yamaha electronics with under-saddle pickup; volume, bass treble rotaries, effect rotary switch (reverb 1, reverb 2, chorus and echo), phones out and aux in (both mini jack), line out (standard jack)

Neck Material

Mahogany/ebony

Guitar Body Material

Maple

Back and Sides Finish

Rosewood/ maple frame

Available Finish

Light Amber Burst gloss, Natural Satin frame

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