We tend to associate Yamaha with their pianos and keyboards. Starting in the 1940s, the company began creating a line of acoustic guitars and started selling these products internationally by the 1960s.
Today, Yamaha acoustic guitars straddle two sides of the market: a quality, reliable beginner instrument for players to improve their skills and advanced options preferred by professionals.
About Yamaha Acoustic Guitars
Yamaha opened up a factory geared toward manufacturing acoustic guitars in the late 1940s. These earlier instruments were nylon-stringed models for classical playing and were sold exclusively in Japan for over the next decade.
Attitudes toward guitar playing began changing in the 1960s, shaped through the growth of blues music and eventually rock 'n' roll. Demand for affordable, accessible guitars grew across the world, and through this development, Yamaha began to export its instruments to the United States. Their first exported models included the G50, G60, G80, G100, G120 and G150, all classical instruments.
To improve their offerings, Yamaha started to refine its acoustic guitars through the input of Spanish guitar luthier Eduardo Ferrer, whose work influenced the development of the GC5, GC7 and GC10. Later in the decade, Yamaha introduced its line of steel-string guitars and started creating more aspirational, solid-wood acoustic models, often featuring a solid-spruce top.
The quality of Yamaha acoustic guitars, particularly the steel-stringed instruments, caught on in the '70s and grew in the '80s. Over these years, Yamaha made the decision to increase the scale length, launched its higher-priced L series, and eventually introduced its CWE series of acoustic-electric guitars, which provided the template for the eventually popular APX series.
As an upgrade to the medium-sized CWE series, smaller APX acoustic guitars utilized a separate pickup for each string. This allowed the player to switch between settings and allocate strings to separate outputs and helped reduce feedback in the process.
From these innovations, Yamaha has since grown its acoustic guitar line's capabilities with a tremolo system, designed for RGX models; a Silent guitar featuring a built-in DSP for headphones; the Alternative Internal Resonance body blending hard and light tonewoods; and the Acoustic Resonance Enhancement system to improve resonance and responsiveness.
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