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Musikmesse 2016: Yamaha reveals "revolutionary" TransAcoustic acoustic guitars with built-in reverb and chorus effects

MUSIKMESSE 2016: We know and love Yamaha's L Series acoustic guitars, but for 2016, the company has taken the format and added something entirely new with TransAcoustic acoustic guitars: built-in effects that you can hear without amplification.

Essentially, an actuator is fitted inside each guitar, and vibrates in response to string vibrations - these vibrations are then carried by the body of the guitar and the air inside and out, generating reverb and chorus sounds without the need for external effects.

It sounds a little like science fiction, but apparently, the concept works, and three side-mounted knobs adjust the intensity of the effect and line-out volume level, as well as providing on/off control.

Elsewhere, the guitars feature a modified non-scalloped bracing design to enhance low-end, while the solid Engelmann spruce tops are treated with Yamaha's ARE process for a more vintage quality.

The guitars' rosewood sides are paired with five-ply mahogany and rosewood necks, plus ebony fingerboards, while an SRT piezo pickup provides the guitar's plugged-in tones. In addition, a redesigned battery box is integrated with the guitar's endpin, reducing acoustic sound loss.

Consider us impressed. Two models will be available initially: the LL-TA dreadnought and LS-TA concert, available in Vintage Tint and Brown Sunburst finishes for £986 each from August. Suffice to say, we can't wait to get our hands on these.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is editor-in-chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He's spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.