Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

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Johnne Lee
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Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by Johnne Lee » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:24 pm

I've been away from music for nearly a decade and the wealth of quality instruments (and accessories) now available has been a revelation.

I purchased a Yamaha SLG200NW. I utilize a strap and headphones, although I may consider a small Dynarette Support.

My findings:

This thing is just amazing. After some minor fine tuning of the set-up and re-stringing it plays wonderfully. I have found no issue what-so-ever with the unusual construction interfering with my (admittedly limited) ability to assume/maintain a proper playing position.

The tone is amazing (the player does, after all, have a great deal of control over the tone.) I can't imagine any player not being able find an acceptable tone. I imagine an amplifier would offer a dazzling array of available tone variation.

There are 2 drawbacks: One easily dispatched with the assistance of My Dearly Beloved Wife. The other I'll have to learn to live with.

I could not find a hard case that fits the SLG series guitars. So, I purchased a good quality hard case designed for a thin-bodied AE classical. My Honey designed and sewed up an insert tailored specifically to ensure the guitar and case are a perfect match.

The negative...

Unfortunately, I doubt there is anything that can be done to replicate that "internal resonance" you feel in your chest when you play a full-bodied classical guitar. I do miss that.

But, it is a small price to pay for all of the positive attributes of this wonderful instrument.

I HIGHLY recommend this guitar to anyone. I consider it a BARGAIN!!!!

My $00.02 worth; YMMV

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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by Francisco » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:59 am

Johnne Lee wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:24 pm
I've been away from music for nearly a decade and the wealth of quality instruments (and accessories) now available has been a revelation.

I purchased a Yamaha SLG200NW. I utilize a strap and headphones, although I may consider a small Dynarette Support.
Is the 200NW available in stores already where you live? Last I heard from my music shop, about a month ago, Yamaha was not yet shipping them to retailers. They said they expected to start doing so by the end of the summer.
I used to have a 200N and found it very useful for night practice, but got rid of it because the 50 mm neck width felt a bit too narrow, and especially because the constant switching back and forth between it and the standard 52mm of my normal guitar was messing up my playing.
The Yamaha THR5A amp is incredibly compact and portable and works very well with it.
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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by davebones » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:50 pm

Johnne Lee,

Are you switching back and forth between a full bodied classical and your Yamaha? If so, how is the transition. I'm very interested in the SLG200NW, mainly because it would allows me some travel and late night playing options. Plus, I sold most of my jazz archtops to buy a couple of classical guitars which are not amplified. The SLG200NW is something I could run through my amp to get a variety of sounds.

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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by Francisco » Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:15 pm

Well the only real problem with the switching back and forth was the different neck widths, which is why I endded up getting rid of the 200N, hoping to get the 200NW which was supposed to hit the stores in April, but didn’t, at least not here.
For the rest, I found it ideal for the purpose I used it, i.e. practice in the wee hours or late at night in an apartment building. I found the sound acceptable, and even fun with all the different options available, but of course I wouldn’t expect to get the same sound as with a real classical guitar.

I had to wrap sof soft tissue around the upper body wing to be able to rest my right arm comfortably on it, and I used a strap around the shoulder only as a safety measure (but not to hold the weight of the guitar on the shoulder, which I don’t like) just because it felt pretty unstable on the Dynarette/Flanger cushions that I use on my leg, due to the very narrow “body”.

I found it extremely convenient for travel because it was so compact. I am still waiting for the NW to make it to the stores.
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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by Johnne Lee » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:00 pm

Yes, the NW was available, but only as the dealer had one to demo.

I find no problem moving back and forth between my NW and an Alhambra 8P that is owned by a close friend of mine. I am quite comfortable playing either, but I am beginning to prefer the NW. I love my NW.

YMMV...

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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by Big bird » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:38 pm

I ordered one yesterday. On its way to Texas. I am looking forward to practicing after my wife goes to bed. Also look forward to never playing a guitar that has a sock stuffed under the strings at the bridge again. Very unsatisfying.....
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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by davebones » Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:34 am

I got the SLG200NW a month ago and have really enjoyed it, mostly using it for later night practice when my wife appreciates the silence.
I removed the wooden support from the left bout, and replaced it with a 10 inch piece of 1 1/2 by 1/8" aluminum bar, using the support's frame holes to mount it. The bar is bent to conform to the curve in the bout. I then curved another piece of the same type of aluminum bar to fit on top of the first, from below the screw holes to the middle of the lower curve in the bout. and then to bend out in a curve to fit the top of my leg. This top piece was about 14" long, with the outward bend occurring at about 7 inches down. I used Velcro on the two aluminum pieces so I could join them securely for use, and then disassemble for storage in the case. I used my Gitano support to suggest the angles for the bend of the second piece. I leave this assembled unless I am traveling. The support is extremely solid. You can adjust the height of the guitar simply by moving the second piece up or down relative to the first. This may seem like a lot of trouble for a travel guitar, but it allows me to duplicate the angle of play that I use on my full body instrument. Lastly, the guitar sounds nice enough through headphones in its own way, but is rather different from a full instrument as you would expect.

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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by stratlanta » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:17 pm

I actually ordered one recently in an effort to have something to play while on a cruise but they wouldn't let me take it on board. So that was disappointing... with that said though, I am going to start using it for times when I don't want to disturb the house or other travel. Haven't really played it much yet but will report back when I get the chance.

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Post by Big bird » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:54 am

Yammie showed up today. I am very impressed. It looks great, the woods are beautiful. Action is good. Haven't checked it but it feels like my two full bodied guitars. Frets are smooth and shinny. The tuners are smooth and feel very solid. I found it very comfortable in the playing position and it stays put. It is a small adjustment to the width or lack of a body but after a 1/2 hour I had quit thinking about it. I didn't do a concentrated practice, as I was playing with the electronics a bit :-). So my initial impressions are favorable.... i bought a decent set of over the ears headphones (Yamaha MT5) and they also worked as hoped.
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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:30 am

stratlanta wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:17 pm
I actually ordered one recently in an effort to have something to play while on a cruise but they wouldn't let me take it on board. So that was disappointing... with that said though, I am going to start using it for times when I don't want to disturb the house or other travel. Haven't really played it much yet but will report back when I get the chance.
Why wouldn't the cruise ship let you bring it aboard?

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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by stratlanta » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:32 pm

Laudiesdad69 wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:30 am
stratlanta wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:17 pm
I actually ordered one recently in an effort to have something to play while on a cruise but they wouldn't let me take it on board. So that was disappointing... with that said though, I am going to start using it for times when I don't want to disturb the house or other travel. Haven't really played it much yet but will report back when I get the chance.
Why wouldn't the cruise ship let you bring it aboard?
"no musical instruments" rule.... I tried to explain that you needed headphones to even hear it but they wouldn't budge and it wasn't worth the argument to me while my family was standing behind me waiting to get on the ship.

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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by Steve O » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:17 am

Was the rule outlined in the paperwork you got before the cruise? Reason I ask is that I took a silent guitar on a cruise to Alaska 2 years ago without problem - I was worried it may not be allowed, but I thoroughly read the paperwork beforehand and there was no mention of a restriction.

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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by chelson » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:46 am

I have two concerns with SLG200N.

(1) Neck finish. As it was a natural finish, the smoothness will depend very much on the sanding down and the material grain.
(2) Body frame. The edge is rather sharp where it can cause some pain on the chest and arm if play for a long time.

How you feel about these two aspects in your SLG200NW? I really hope Yamaha has improved on them. But, this "NW" has not come to Singapore yet, if not wrong.

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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by Big bird » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:31 pm

chelson wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:46 am
I have two concerns with SLG200N.

(1) Neck finish. As it was a natural finish, the smoothness will depend very much on the sanding down and the material grain.
I lke the neck, both finish and shape.
(2) Body frame. The edge is rather sharp where it can cause some pain on the chest and arm if play for a long time.
Ahhh, it's not like they have been sharpened? An edge is an edge, the same as your regular guitar. It is narrower, so that took a short time to get used to. Other than that, the guitar is very comfortable.... and playable. I am very happy with it.

How you feel about these two aspects in your SLG200NW? I really hope Yamaha has improved on them. But, this "NW" has not come to Singapore yet, if not wrong.

Regards.
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Re: Yamaha SLG200NW personal comments

Post by stratlanta » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:16 pm

Steve O wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:17 am
Was the rule outlined in the paperwork you got before the cruise? Reason I ask is that I took a silent guitar on a cruise to Alaska 2 years ago without problem - I was worried it may not be allowed, but I thoroughly read the paperwork beforehand and there was no mention of a restriction.
It was... I was just taking a chance that I could get it on. That's the other reason I didn't really raise a rukus.

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