Yamaha’s New Acoustic Guitar Plays Natural Reverb And Chorus Sounds

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A good picker playing even the crappiest guitar can usually make it sound very listenable. However, even the best acoustic guitars have inherent limitations that can make them sound lifeless and dry depending on the acoustics of a room. The Yamaha TransAcoustic LL-TA wants to eliminate those lifeless and dry moments by integrating natural reverb and chorus sounds without the need for any electronic contraptions.

That’s right, you no longer need to be playing in a concert hall to get the maximum sound out of your acoustic guitar. With this model, Yamaha wants to bring the same warmth and vitality those locations bring even while you play in a cramped bedroom, a dingy basement, or any other place with a less-than-ideal sound profile.

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The Yamaha TransAcoustic LL-TA does that near trick by placing an actuator on the inner surface of the guitar back, which vibrates in response to the vibrations of the strings. That actuator’s vibrations are then passed on the guitar’s body and through the air surrounding it, generating those reverb and chorus effects without any external help. Even better, you can control the degree of effect for both chorus and reverb, with separate knobs on the top of the guitar body allowing you to easily adjust each one.

Features include a non-scalloped bracing design, a vintage quality tone, a straight neck taper, hand-rolled fingerboard edges, and a line out. Oh yah, it also comes with a third knob on the body for adjusting the volume when you have it plugged to an amp.

No pricing yet, but the Yamaha TransAcoustic LL-TA is expected to go on sale later in the year.

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3 Responses

  1. Oscar

    This is a acoustic guitar that allows you to control the reverb and chorus while promising a better sound. It sounds good. I never would have considered improving upon the classic acoustic guitar design, but the Yamaha TransAcoustic LL-TA engineers look like they actually created something new as opposed to just a marketing gimmick. You can also turn off the trans-coustic mode and just play it traditionally, so you get the best of both Worlds.

    There is no reviews on the Yamaha website yet where this guitar is so new, but I am excited to see some of them because I want to hear what actual guitar players think of this. I love new tech innovations, so when you see tech improvements applied to an ancient product to help modernize it I can happy. I will be even happier if this pans out to be a viable product. I think it will, because Yamaha has such a great reputation in the musical World.

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  2. Gabriel

    I can’t wait for this guitar to be officially released. I am no professional but I like to play my guitar and record videos for my family. They are always pushing me to play on a bigger scale and constantly ask me why I don’t upload my videos to YouTube to get feedback. I personally just don’t like how my videos sound because I don’t have any fancy equipment to improve my sound. I live in an embarrassingly small apartment that doesn’t offer very good acoustics. I’m excited to see reviews that demonstrate both natural reverb and chorus sounds that this Yamaha model promises. I feel like having those sounds with simply a single guitar, there are a lot of things I could accomplish with my playing. I don’t want to go all out until I feel the videos may go somewhere, you know?

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  3. Donnie

    I purchased the Tonewood Amp from the USA earlier this year, though I haven’t had much time to get into it properly, I think this basically works on the same principle, vibrating the sounds through the guitar body, I would say it is an internal version of the same principle, a great innovation, I see the Yamaha has a chorus, whereas my Tonewood amp will hopefully get a chorus soon through a firmware update. This takes acoustic guitar sounds to a higher lever, especially for those guys that busk. Depending on the price, I may well buy this guitar, as all this is built in. Great stuff #

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