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tozan
07-09-2009, 05:55 PM
My curiosity got the better of me and my wallet.
I just received my Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele from Long & McQuade in Vancouver, Canada. I just followed the directions given by ChiyoDad on his blog. Ordering by phone was easy and the salesman, Jovahn, was very helpful. It took about 15 minutes to give them my shipping and payment info. The order was put in last Thursday and would have arrived Wednesday but UPS had trouble find the address. $99 US + $30 Shipping.

Apologies for the phone camera pictures.
The GL-1 (left)is next to my Ohana TK-35G Tenor (right) - similar in size and fits in the same case.
Total length = 28"; Body=12.5", upper bout=7"; lower bout=9"
12 frets to the body; 17 frets total
Position dots on the side only at 5 & 7 frets.

Satin finish. Lighter in color than shown in photos.
Fit and finish is good, well made.
The intonation seems to be right on even up to the 12th fret according to the FT-800 tuner. it has a compensated plastic saddle.

Now to find some music so I can be terrible on both the ukulele and the guitalele.

This is the first time I've posted pictures, yay!

http://i589.photobucket.com/albums/ss331/tozan/Guitalele%20GL-1/th_Back_GL-1andTK-35G.jpg (http://s589.photobucket.com/albums/ss331/tozan/Guitalele%20GL-1/?action=view&current=Back_GL-1andTK-35G.jpg)
http://i589.photobucket.com/albums/ss331/tozan/Guitalele%20GL-1/th_GL-1Headstock.jpg (http://s589.photobucket.com/albums/ss331/tozan/Guitalele%20GL-1/?action=view&current=GL-1Headstock.jpg)
http://i589.photobucket.com/albums/ss331/tozan/Guitalele%20GL-1/th_GL-1Label.jpg (http://s589.photobucket.com/albums/ss331/tozan/Guitalele%20GL-1/?action=view&current=GL-1Label.jpg)
http://i589.photobucket.com/albums/ss331/tozan/Guitalele%20GL-1/th_GL-1andTK-35G.jpg (http://s589.photobucket.com/albums/ss331/tozan/Guitalele%20GL-1/?action=view&current=GL-1andTK-35G.jpg)

SamWise
07-09-2009, 10:37 PM
I want one. Bad. Unfortunately, I also want a Hudson 8 string tenor, and a Mainland cedar tenor, and and and........

grappler
07-09-2009, 11:24 PM
thats awesome! I wonder how she sounds.

BrotherUke
07-10-2009, 12:53 AM
I haven't seen a uke Yamaha before. It's a beautiful instrument. I have a Yamaha Classical guitar. It's a great sounding instrument that ha held up well for about 20 years.

Melissa82
07-10-2009, 01:53 AM
I've been trying to decided if I want a tenor uke, guitar or the Yamaha GL-1. I bet you will have fun with it, it looks like a great instrument!

faithtruthlove07
07-10-2009, 03:50 AM
I want one. Bad. Unfortunately, I also want a Hudson 8 string tenor, and a Mainland cedar tenor, and and and........

i know exactly what you mean!!

congrats on your new little toy, i bet it sounds as beautiful as it looks

KC8AFW
07-10-2009, 05:38 AM
That is so cool! Where would you get one in the states (or are they only available in Canada)? I don't see them listed on the Yamaha web site. I had thoughts of buying their 1/2 size classical and tuning it ADGCEA, but this would be even cooler.

BrotherUke
07-10-2009, 05:39 AM
I've been trying to decided if I want a tenor uke, guitar or the Yamaha GL-1. I bet you will have fun with it, it looks like a great instrument!

Melissa,
I have three guitars and 2 ukuleles. Guess what guess picked up most? I the the ukulele has some kind of magnetic properties that attracts people. I told my wife that it's my equivalent of her knitting needles. I'll just pick it up and quietly strum it to keep my hands busy.

Melissa82
07-10-2009, 05:51 AM
Melissa,
I have three guitars and 2 ukuleles. Guess what guess picked up most? I the the ukulele has some kind of magnetic properties that attracts people. I told my wife that it's my equivalent of her knitting needles. I'll just pick it up and quietly strum it to keep my hands busy.It's kinda funny, cuz I have people on a guitar forum telling me to start with guitar, lol.

KC8AFW
07-10-2009, 06:00 AM
It's kinda funny, cuz I have people on a guitar forum telling me to start with guitar, lol.

Not meaning to hijack the thread...but I'm doing it anyway.:rolleyes:

I played guitar for years, then haven't touched it much in the last 5 years or so. Then I started to learn the ukulele about 6 weeks ago. First of all...I have accomplished more in the last 6 weeks than I ever have on the guitar. Second, I picked up a guitar the other day and had a hard time playing it. It just felt rediculousely huge and clumsy. I don't think I will ever go back to a full-sized guitar.

Kanaka916
07-10-2009, 06:09 AM
That is so cool! Where would you get one in the states (or are they only available in Canada)? I don't see them listed on the Yamaha web site. I had thoughts of buying their 1/2 size classical and tuning it ADGCEA, but this would be even cooler.
There were a couple of old threads about it and availability in the US is pretty much non existent. Although something similar, the D-VI 6 String (http://koaloha.com/KoAloha_Products/DVI.html) is available through KoAloha however I don't think it's in the price range you're looking at. Daniel Ho plays plays a custom D-VI . . .

http://koaloha.com/Images/Custom_Works/Daniel_DVI/Daniel_DVI_017.jpg

Lori
07-10-2009, 07:08 AM
I have heard these on YouTube. They sound really nice. So, how do they tune the Yamaha GL-1? Does it come as EADGBE?

Anybody know why it's not available in the USA?

–Lori

WhenDogsSing
07-10-2009, 08:22 AM
That is so cool! Where would you get one in the states (or are they only available in Canada)? I don't see them listed on the Yamaha web site. I had thoughts of buying their 1/2 size classical and tuning it ADGCEA, but this would be even cooler.

I did that with a Yamaha 1/2 size CS-102 classical guitar and it sounds real good...in my opinion, better than the lower guitar tuning. When I upped the tuning, I used strings sold by Mele for their "guitarlele" that are slightly lighter in gage than the strings that originally came with the instrument...I think the Yamaha guitalele is a 1/4 size instrument...:)

vahn
07-10-2009, 08:32 AM
I have a 1/4 size classical guitar, mine's a strunal (I picked that one because of the solid cedar top) I use regular classical strings and tune them up ADGCEA. Its really great for if you play guitar and you want to transpose songs you know over, I found it much easier to mentally switch things over to the guitalele, and then using the bottom 4 strings to figure out uke chords, then i go the uke to get the voicings right because sometimes they dont quite work. Works really good also for uke covers that you have where maybe theres this one part you had to bring up an octave and it doesnt sound quite right cause u didnt have the low strings, etc. etc.


Strunal ↓

Ahnko Honu
07-10-2009, 08:36 AM
You can get a Requinto a Mexican mini guitar tuned ADGCEA at reasonable cost, and they are available in solid wood whereas the Guitalele are laminate. Just another option since Guitaleles are foolishly not available to the American market.

KC8AFW
07-10-2009, 10:47 AM
There were a couple of old threads about it and availability in the US is pretty much non existent. Although something similar, the D-VI 6 String (http://koaloha.com/KoAloha_Products/DVI.html) is available through KoAloha however I don't think it's in the price range you're looking at. Daniel Ho plays plays a custom D-VI . . .

http://koaloha.com/Images/Custom_Works/Daniel_DVI/Daniel_DVI_017.jpg

Thanks Kanaka. That's a beautiful instrument, but about 10 times what I wanted to pay. This is purely a novelty item for me, so I was looking at something in the $100-$150 range.


I did that with a Yamaha 1/2 size CS-102 classical guitar and it sounds real good...in my opinion, better than the lower guitar tuning. When I upped the tuning, I used strings sold by Mele for their "guitarlele" that are slightly lighter in gage than the strings that originally came with the instrument...I think the Yamaha guitalele is a 1/4 size instrument...:)

That's what I had in mind. They have one at my local GC for $120, but I haven't gone to check it out yet. Do you have to change out the strings? Is there any potential for damage tuning it 5 semitones higher?


You can get a Requinto a Mexican mini guitar tuned ADGCEA at reasonable cost, and they are available in solid wood whereas the Guitalele are laminate. Just another option since Guitaleles are foolishly not available to the American market.

If I'm not mistaken...GrumpyCoyote did a video with one of these (which is what got me started thinking about this in the first place)

mangouker
07-13-2009, 08:27 AM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Music-instruments/Instruments/Guitar-bass/Banjos-ukuleles/auction-229003051.htm

Ahnko Honu
07-13-2009, 08:51 AM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Music-instruments/Instruments/Guitar-bass/Banjos-ukuleles/auction-229003051.htm

TradeMe is anti American, won't let you register if you are, and they tell you they don't trust Americans. :mad: I had a TradeMe account for 5 years but first time I try to buy anything they deletted my account with "screw you" anti American email! :eek:

WhenDogsSing
07-13-2009, 10:37 AM
Thanks Kanaka. That's a beautiful instrument, but about 10 times what I wanted to pay. This is purely a novelty item for me, so I was looking at something in the $100-$150 range.



That's what I had in mind. They have one at my local GC for $120, but I haven't gone to check it out yet. Do you have to change out the strings? Is there any potential for damage tuning it 5 semitones higher?



If I'm not mistaken...GrumpyCoyote did a video with one of these (which is what got me started thinking about this in the first place)

Don't tune it up to ADGCEA with the strings that come with it...That will place a lot of undue tension on the neck...Get a new set of strings and store the low E for other uses. Install the ADGBE strings and find another high A string and you're there...Or, you can just move each of the ADGBE strings that come witht the guitar over a notch and get another high A string and you're there...This setup will place about the same and maybe a little less tension on the neck than what it had with the EADGBE tuning...:D

Mele makes a nice "guitarlele" in the $700. range...I have one of these also and love it...Here is a link to a review I did on it:

http://www.youtube.com/user/WhenDogsSing#play/all/uploads-all/2/X7ApTpmelU4

Pippin
07-13-2009, 11:28 AM
Not meaning to hijack the thread...but I'm doing it anyway.:rolleyes:

I played guitar for years, then haven't touched it much in the last 5 years or so. Then I started to learn the ukulele about 6 weeks ago. First of all...I have accomplished more in the last 6 weeks than I ever have on the guitar. Second, I picked up a guitar the other day and had a hard time playing it. It just felt rediculousely huge and clumsy. I don't think I will ever go back to a full-sized guitar.

That happens when you don't play guitar frequently, but, I play uke and guitar both very frequently and jumping from one to the other is easy. The interesting thing is that I really prefer playing uke most of the time. It's just that some songs are really much more enjoyable on the uke, Even my original songs, I play some on guitar, some on uke, both when I gig.

ChiyoDad
07-30-2009, 04:55 PM
There are a lot more Guitalele YouTube vids now compared to when I first got mine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s2xojICOHU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap-Gvqaq80I

They used to be rare. I guess they've finally found their audience.

:cheers:

ChiyoDad
07-30-2009, 05:01 PM
Here's my blog brain-dump on the Guitalele. Every post that I mentioned it.

http://chiyostrings.blogspot.com/search?q=guitalele

Skrik
07-31-2009, 02:13 AM
Congratulations on the NGD (new guitalele day). I got mine at Christmas. Here it is next to my most recent acquisition:
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_yT1wfa5tZtE/SnLfTi8oJyI/AAAAAAAAAYE/_qQsCQFvgO4/s800/22072009088.jpg

I forgot to mention this guy, who inspired me to buy the thing in the first place:

http://www.youtube.com/v/Z9Oinl2kltc

tozan
08-08-2009, 05:53 AM
Hey Skrik,
beautiful guitar. I see you put a strap, and therefore a button(s) on your guitalele. Did you do it yourself?

I'm still thinking about changing the strings. It seems like it's better to leave it as ADGCEA. I bought some Aquila low g tenor strings, but not sure what to do about the A and D bass strings.

tozan
08-08-2009, 05:57 AM
Here's my blog brain-dump on the Guitalele. Every post that I mentioned it.

http://chiyostrings.blogspot.com/search?q=guitalele

Thanks ChiyoDad!
Seems like quite a few people have enjoyed and learned from your investigations/observations.

Kala has made a guitalele and call it a U-tar

WhenDogsSing
08-08-2009, 06:25 AM
Here's my blog brain-dump on the Guitalele. Every post that I mentioned it.

http://chiyostrings.blogspot.com/search?q=guitalele

Thanks for the link and information...:)

KC8AFW
08-08-2009, 06:37 AM
Congratulations on the NGD (new guitalele day). I got mine at Christmas. Here it is next to my most recent acquisition:
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_yT1wfa5tZtE/SnLfTi8oJyI/AAAAAAAAAYE/_qQsCQFvgO4/s800/22072009088.jpg

I forgot to mention this guy, who inspired me to buy the thing in the first place:

http://www.youtube.com/v/Z9Oinl2kltc

Hey Skirk, I really dig the Fender HotRod :love:. I've been trying to find one to play...but the local shops can't keep them in stock. How do you like your's?

I still have thoughts of getting the Yamaha 1/2 size classical and tuning it to ADGCEA...I wish the GL1 was available in the US :(.

Skrik
08-08-2009, 07:03 AM
Hey Skrik,
beautiful guitar. I see you put a strap, and therefore a button(s) on your guitalele. Did you do it yourself?

I'm still thinking about changing the strings. It seems like it's better to leave it as ADGCEA. I bought some Aquila low g tenor strings, but not sure what to do about the A and D bass strings.

Yeah, normal strap buttons, and a hand drill. The top one is on the back of the heel. The bottom one is screwed into the tail block (there is one, I can see it but not get a photo). Simple procedure, but make sure your pilot holes are not too tight.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_yT1wfa5tZtE/Sn2tKTFuSLI/AAAAAAAAAag/Ohs4juygiog/s400/08082009103.jpg http://lh6.ggpht.com/_yT1wfa5tZtE/Sn2tKfkHiTI/AAAAAAAAAak/ZSFRWkzQaZA/s400/08082009107.jpg

The "strap lock" on the bottom is the washer/ gasket off a bottle of steam beer. Works like a charm. I don't need one on the top button.

I keep my Guitalele tuned to E -- that makes it compatible tuning-wise with my uke. I haven't yet replaced the strings. I think a decent set of classical strings is the way to go, really, or I'll be paying silly money on an instrument that cost me reasonably little.

Skrik
08-08-2009, 07:09 AM
Hey Skirk, I really dig the Fender HotRod :love:. I've been trying to find one to play...but the local shops can't keep them in stock. How do you like your's

I'm still undecided. It has a 7.25" radius on the neck, which is taking some getting used to. I love it, then I hate it, then I love it. Then I discovered that I want the action lower. Since the neck was bowed slightly, simple but careful adjustments to the truss rod are doing wonders. I'm not there yet -- I've only had it two weeks -- but I will have it the way I want it in time. It sounds fantastic, though. Bright highs, booming bass. Shame I can't play to save my life, really.

Oh, and do get a Guitalele -- a drive across the border is doable from where you are, isn't it?