Yamaha’s Silent Guitar

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Yamaha Silent Guitar
Yamaha's Silent Guitar

I sure do wonder silently to myself where the inspiration for this article came from.  Anyway, approximately X years ago Yamaha banged out this bodiless instrument.  For what purpose, you say?  What end were they hoping to meet?  What devious plot for world domination oversaw the production of this instrument?

Convenience.  That’s what. No this guitar’s construction was not as a means to replace acoustics nor was it to enrage the purists everywhere, though the latter was an inevitable side effect of an idea of such innovation.  The necessity that persuaded the proverbial mother to birth this invention was for convenience in travel with its dismantleable body and because it gets as loud as an electric when not plugged in.  So next time you’re having a restless night and decide to jam in bed your significant other can keep on counting sheep while you polish up those Rachmoninoff concerto rearrangements.

The guitar comes in steel and nylon string models and what body there is can be dismantled, as mentioned above.  The electronics in it are powered by either battery or DC plug and that offers you some EQ controls, volume, and reverb.  You can also plug in headphones and a CD or MP3 player for all sorts of backing track goodness.  I know this because someone that doesn’t speak English as a first language told me.

Because they’re so concerned about the aesthetics of your guitar the steel string model has a pick guard so you don’t scratch that finish up.

The body is built of maple and the neck of mahogany with a rosewood bridge and fretboard.  The elusive pickup that reels in the sound of these things is a piezo style built into the bridge.

If you ask me it seems like a cool guitar all around, though if you’re the kind of guy that feels every sound employed through his or her guitar needs to be an tonal miracle then I’m sure the lack of authentic acoustic tone from this is not going to meet the criteria implemented.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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