Yamaha LL-TA TransAcoustic

Key Features

  • BODY
    • Shape: Yamaha Original Jumbo
    • Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
    • Sides & Back: Solid Rosewood
    • Pickguard: Transparent
  • NECK
    • Construction: 5-ply Mahogany & Rosewood
    • Fingerboard: Mahogany
    • Scale: 650mm • 25 9/16”
    • Nut Width: 44mm • 1 3/4″
    • String Spacing: 11mm
  • ELECTRONICS
    • System 70 TransAcoustic
    • Piezo Pickup
  • CONTROLS
    • Volume, Reverb, Chorus
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
    • Hard Bag

MAP $999.99

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Overview

The Yamaha LL-TA is an expertly -crafted instrument that delivers all the things I look for in an acoustic-electric with the added bonus of built-in reverb and chorus that work even when the instrument is not plugged in.

Sound

Above all, this guitar sounds great and is extremely responsive to the touch. For a guitar to be a great accompaniment instrument, I believe that like the human voice, it needs to produce a broader range of frequencies the louder you get. I found the blend of lows, mids, and highs to be well balanced at all levels, perfect for solo players and vocal accompanists. As noted on the video, the instrument has a ton of stylistic versatility and maintains its clarity when layered across multiple tracks.

Playability

The matte finish on the back of the neck was “grab free” and the dressing on the edges of the frets made it easy to slide between “thumb in the bass chords” without tearing up my left hand in the process. Shape wise, I found the neck and the radius on the ebony fingerboard to be equally comfortable for chords and fast single note playing.

Design

The solid Engelmann spruce top has been “aged” via Yamaha’s A.R.E technology, enabling it to make it respond more like a vintage instrument. The 5-ply rosewood and mahogany neck is designed to keep these instruments resistant to temperature and humidity changes, a huge plus for touring musicians.

Electronics

The LL-TA features Yamaha’s exclusive System 70 TransAcoustic and piezo pickup system, which are controlled via a trio of knobs. Turning the left-most knob from 8:00 to 12:00 or 12:00 to 4:00 controls the level of room and hall reverbs respectively. The middle knob controls the volume, while the right-most knob controls the chorus level. The effects are created by an “actuator”, which vibrates in response to the strings and then conveys the effects to the guitar body. Being able to get effects on an acoustic-electric without having to use an amp is one of the coolest things ever, and is something you need to try in person to fully appreciate the depth of the experience.

Suggested Use

The LL-TA is great for pretty much anyone who plays steel string acoustic-electric instruments. From your bedroom, to Bible studies/small groups, and Houses of Worship of any size, the built-in effects add even greater depth to a fantastic instrument.

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Doug is the Editorial Director for [WM] and Gear Tech + Recording aka [GTR] magazines. Doug is a 'retired' worship and creative arts director, one of the session players from Guitar Hero, has a disc out on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label, and literally wrote the book on worship guitar per "The Worship Guitar Book" which appeared on the Hal Leonard imprint.

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