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#2863217 - 06/27/17 06:10 PM Silent Guitar
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I was doing research on the Yamaha line of so called silent guitars and didn't find anything on this forum. What interest me is the form factor, the electronics combined with the sound. Looks like they started out with a nylon string version and then went to both nylon and steel versions along with a nylon version that has some classical guitar characteristics. There are some threads on a Classical Guitar forum. The oldest reference to them I could find is a 2004 youtube video of Lee Ritenour going from an acoustic to a Yamaha SLG series guitar on Night Rhythms. Not much about the history on the Yamaha site other than the user manuals but I still could not verify when the first model came out (SGL 100N). Apparently the nylon versions did not have a truss rod so you can't use steel strings on those models. The new models have modeling or sampled sounds but the older ones just had EQ and some basic effects. They all have aux in and aux/line out so you can earphones but they are not completely silent. I won a bid on an early nylon one (SLG110N) to add to my electric and acoustic steel collection. Might also get an older steel version and add my Fishman Triple Play midi pickup as it will not work with nylon strings.
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#2863282 - 06/28/17 04:47 AM Re: Silent Guitar [Re: 3dog]
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I brought those up in here before too, and didn't get any response either.

I first saw one of them in a stand on the "stage" area at a small casino the wife and I used to go to in Windsor Ont. about 18 years ago. The players were on break when we got there, and never did return by the time we left, so I never got to hear how it sounded. I thought it was both kinda cool AND strange looking. So let me know how you like it. smile
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#2863498 - 06/28/17 06:12 PM Re: Silent Guitar [Re: whitefang]
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According to this article on the history of Yamaha guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-news-electrics/looking-back-50-years-yamaha-guitars/30507 they were first introduced in 2001.
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#2863571 - 06/29/17 05:03 AM Re: Silent Guitar [Re: 3dog]
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Thanks for whacking the rusty old memory banks back in alignment. wink

I'm either thinking some things took place longer ago than they did, or NOT as long ago as they did. crazy

As long as I remember to unzip and pull it out BEFORE I pee, I figure I'm doing OK. cool
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#2864311 - 07/04/17 01:42 AM Re: Silent Guitar [Re: whitefang]
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I love Yamaha guitars in general But the silent guitars just don't cut it for me. They sound very unnatural
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#2864409 - 07/04/17 05:34 PM Re: Silent Guitar [Re: Markblues]
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I received the old nylon version that I bid and won on Reverb. I have the steel newer version coming in a few days. No regrets so far. The form factor is perfect for me and the sound is great with headphones or an amp. I like the clean sound so this is everything I was looking for. Even without headphones or amp you can still hear a good representation of what you are playing but not very loud.
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#2864468 - 07/05/17 03:39 AM Re: Silent Guitar [Re: 3dog]
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So, does the "body" of that thing have much "flex" to it? I play my ax while seated with the lower curve resting over a thigh and my forearm sometimes resting on the upper. Seems to me that Silent would BEND a bit if I did that with one.
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#2864488 - 07/05/17 05:27 AM Re: Silent Guitar [Re: whitefang]
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The detachable upper body is wood and is very sturdy about the width of an electric rather than an acoustic.
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