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GrumpyCoyote
03-07-2010, 03:23 PM
Couple of sample songs and a quick review.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjYh63r_IFE

itsme
03-07-2010, 04:11 PM
Nice review! I would so love to have one of those. Anyone know why Yamaha chose to not distribute them in the US?

Think it was chiyodad (?) who mentioned getting one from some chain store out of Canada.

Lori
03-07-2010, 04:27 PM
Nice review! I like that you had the tenor uke and requento guitar nearby for comparison.

Thanks
–Lori

SweetWaterBlue
03-07-2010, 04:55 PM
Nice review Grumpy. I had considered getting a GL-1 from Canada before I discovered how much I like ukuleles. I'm not sure they sell them in Canada anymore, since the last time I looked they didn't list them at the store I was going to buy from. Its good to know you can still get them from Germany, in case the urge strikes me again. I agree with Lori, the size comparison to a tenor really shows how small they are. The store that carried them in Canada was Long and McQuade (http://www.long-mcquade.com/) by the way. I've heard it was easiest to call Long and McQuade if you wanted one from Canada in the past.

Here is an old UU thread on it:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15997-New-Yamaha-Guitalele-GL-1/page3

GrumpyCoyote
03-07-2010, 06:20 PM
As much as I hate e-bay, the german site @ http://myworld.ebay.com/rockshop-de/ has them for super cheap. Very easy. Just click and go. Much simpler than the canadian saga. I called three or four places up there and it was all a huge hassle. The folks at rockshop.de sent it to me in four days, with a discount. Less than $120US - shipped.

veep
03-08-2010, 04:27 AM
sounds very nice .

psesinkclee
03-08-2010, 10:58 AM
Awesome! I called places a couple months ago in Canada asking for them and had alot of trouble then gave up on the search. This is perfect, when I get the cash I'll be ordering myself one too since the buy went so well for you.

Are the strings spacing (and nut width) smaller than that of regular classical guitars? I've been looking for something with a slightly narrower fretboard than the standard classical guitars.

ukeskywalker79
03-08-2010, 01:28 PM
Excellent review on the GL-1 Grumpy. I also appreciate how you've compared it in size to the tenor. It's much smaller than I had expected. Also thanks for supplying the ebay link as I think for the price these are fantastic.

I Ukulista
03-18-2010, 08:24 AM
As much as I hate e-bay, the german site @ http://myworld.ebay.com/rockshop-de/ has them for super cheap. Very easy. Just click and go. Much simpler than the canadian saga. I called three or four places up there and it was all a huge hassle. The folks at rockshop.de sent it to me in four days, with a discount. Less than $120US - shipped.

You also might want to try Thomann Music DE when you get to their web site use the search engine for Guitalele or Yamaha GL1
They are a good firm to deal with and reasonably priced. For some reason they have buried the GL1 in the website! Perhaps they want to keep them all.

SailingUke
03-18-2010, 08:45 AM
Kala has a U-tar, and MGM has them in stock.
I love my D-VI, but it is a much more expensive option.

GrumpyCoyote
03-18-2010, 09:17 AM
Kala has a U-tar, and MGM has them in stock.
I love my D-VI, but it is a much more expensive option.

I just saw the Kala - I love that others are doing it - but the GL-1 is about half the price. Honestly, unless you want to step up to the D-VI like yours or even a custom, I think the quality of the GL-1 is easily on par with any Kala I've played. Although - to be fair, I've never played the U-Tar - it still seems a bit expensive for what sounds like the same critter to me.

Raymond
09-12-2010, 04:03 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I have something to add that some folks might find interesting.

There is currently a US seller on the US ebay site (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120620108183&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT) offering these instruments for $110 with free shipping from Gainesville, GA. They claim to be an authorized Yamaha dealer but their ebay name doesn't indicate what their retail store name is. They also claim that they are the first US dealer to get these and that the US version does not come with a gig bag. That means that you're not getting quite the same package as you can get internationally. I'm not making any judgments about the authenticity of these claims or this seller. I'm just putting it out there. If this is the first US Yamaha dealer to get them, there may be other domestic options soon. Although, the GL1 is still not listed on www.yamaha.com/usa/ (http://www.yamaha.com/usa/)

As has been said, you can get one from Germany for about $120 with a black gig bag or from Canada for about $130 (not sure what kind of bag, if any, that includes). I'd be interested in knowing if anyone who has bought from one of those international sources had to pay a brokerage fee or import duty.

BTW, there was another ebay seller shipping these recently from Ecuador for $140 total. His listing said he could only sell them until September 5. Five days after that, this first US dealer appeared on ebay. Coincidence? Could that mean that Canadian and European dealers can no longer ship GL1s to the US?

warndt
09-19-2010, 07:04 PM
I got mine delivered in 4 days from http://myworld.ebay.com/rockshop-de/ for $103.00 after applying the refund. They adjust the exchage rate and send the difference. Quick and easy!!
Wm.

Raymond
10-03-2010, 05:35 AM
I got mine delivered in 4 days from http://myworld.ebay.com/rockshop-de/ for $103.00 after applying the refund. They adjust the exchage rate and send the difference. Quick and easy!!
Wm.

I'm still watching for one of these to show up at a good price and haven't found one yet. How long ago did you buy that for $103? I sent a note to Rockshop-de to confirm the pricing, but what he has listed online is 59 € plus 37 € for shipping to the US. If you deduct 19% German VAT from the 59 € price and add on the shipping, it comes to 87 €. At current exchange rates, that's about $120. According to ebay's exaggerated exchange rate, the cost would be about $125.

Did you buy yours a while ago? Maybe the exchange rate was better or shipping costs were lower than they are now.

Raymond
10-03-2010, 07:15 AM
According to the response from rockshop-de:

"hi there, your calculating was correct. The total costs for the Guitalele without VAT + shipping costs are 86,58. This is the price you have to pay."

That's Euros. Or, about $120 USD at current rates.

GrumpyCoyote
10-03-2010, 02:54 PM
$120 is still pretty reasonable for one of these. Unfortunate that US distribution is so limited.

Raymond
10-04-2010, 01:25 PM
$120 is still pretty reasonable for one of these. Unfortunate that US distribution is so limited.

I agree that $120 isn't a bad price considering the alternatives. I just don't see what Yamaha hopes to gain by not making these available in the US. They seem to sell when they come up on ebay or elsewhere so there must be some demand for them. If the Europeans and Canadians can make a profit on them at $80-$100 USD, you'd think their US counterparts could make it worthwhile at $110-$120. Ah well, I guess I'll give my money to a Gerrman company and their shipper.

Rich T
10-31-2010, 07:52 PM
Hi GrumpyCoyote,

You said in your review that you switched to Addarios. Exactly what set do you recommend? I just got a guitalele today* and I'm sure it could use some better strings.
Thanks for any help!

Rich T

*impulse buy on Ebay- got it for $112 shipping included. Not new, but just about mint. Pretty cool!

casarole45
11-01-2010, 04:29 AM
and so it happens again =D Yamaha are very finely accurately made instruments as a general rule and I liked it. Then you start thinking... ah if I spend a bit more.... =D and now I'm about to ebay some ukuleles to get some money together for a Koaloha D-VI, lol

I Ukulista
11-01-2010, 12:40 PM
Guys. Try putting Worth strings on C,E,A, use the tenor set. Mix and match with D'Addario. You will not regret the out lay.

oteonghn
11-10-2010, 09:06 PM
HI
Just bought a Yamaha GL 1 in Medan, Indonesia when I was there over the weekend. Costs me only SGD48 which is aproximately USD38 !! It's made in Indonesia, thus it is that cheap

wolf69
11-24-2010, 06:31 AM
For 95 $ is kind of cute

http://www.long-mcquade.com/products/4609/Guitars/Classical/Yamaha/GL1_-_Guitalele.htm

maikii
12-12-2010, 09:45 AM
Hi GrumpyCoyote,

You said in your review that you switched to Addarios. Exactly what set do you recommend? I just got a guitalele today* and I'm sure it could use some better strings.
Thanks for any help!

Rich T


I am curious about that too. First of all, I am surprised that Yamaha would not put decent strings on one of their instruments.

(By the way, I liked your playing a lot, Grumpy!)

I don't think one could find guitalele strings anywhere!

Yes, what kind of D'Addarios?

I guess one could put a set of tenor uke strings with low G on it, then find two other strings for the 5th and 6th strings. (If so, which?)

Or would a set of normal tension classical guitar strings work on it? (Higher pitch, but shorter scale, might even out to the same as normal tension on a classical guitar? I don't know though.)

Edit--regarding my last question--I would guess that yes, a set of normal tension or even high tension classical guitar strings would work on it. The question would be which sound and play better on it? Or--would the other option--stringing it with a tenor uke-low g set for the first four, and cg strings for 5 and 6 perhaps work better? If the latter, which tenor uke-low g set, and which cg strings for 5 and 6 would work well with them? What have people tried, and found to work best?

maikii
12-12-2010, 09:52 AM
I ordered one from Thomann.de (Germany) on November 25. Cost including shipping to the US was about 80 euros, which an exchange calculator online said is about $110. (I should check my credit card statement online though, to see what was really charged to me. They charge an extra percentage to convert currencies.)

Still have not received it by today, December 12, more than two weeks later. I looked at tracking, said they shipped it on 11/27. Yet, it doesn't even look like it reached the US yet. Last place it is listed is in Germany still. What gives? I sent them an e-mail about it today. Therefore, I could not really recommend that vendor. (I wish I had known that someone sells them from the USA on Ebay.)

Yes, I find it strange that Yamaha does not sell it here, what could easily be their largest market for it.

P.S. Will I have to pay customs duties, for importing it from Germany? How does that work?

Lori
12-13-2010, 07:11 AM
....

P.S. Will I have to pay customs duties, for importing it from Germany? How does that work?

I think you will have to pay duty. It will probably be classified as a guitar, and the duty will be based on the cost of the instrument.

You will have to do some research, and maybe a phone call to get an estimate.

Ukuleles are in a different category than guitars, but I paid about $26 dollars on a $380 ukulele from Italy last year. I gave a check to the UPS delivery person when it came.

–Lori

gibheid
07-30-2011, 10:50 AM
I realize this is an old thread, but in case someone is still looking (like I was), Musician's Friend is selling these with free shipping within the Continental US.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-mini-6-string-nylon-guitarlele (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-mini-6-string-nylon-guitarlele)