Yamaha GL1 Guitalele - Nylon String Guitar
The Yamaha GL1 Guitalele is a unique instrument because it combines the dimensions of a ukulele with the tuning pattern of a guitar. Basically, it’s higher in pitch than a standard guitar but the music and technique learned on it can be carried over to a guitar.
- String Type: Nylon String
- Body Shape: Ukulele Style
- Top: Spruce (laminated)
- Body: Changes with availability at time of manufacture
- Number of Frets: 17.5 - 12 open
- Scale Length: 17"
- Nut Width: 1.87"
This makes the Guitalele one of the best choices available for younger kids looking to get into playing the guitar. It’s small enough to easily be held and played by musicians under 7, and because it uses nylon strings and a manageable nut-width it will be within their capabilities to fret it.
While the Yamaha GL1 Guitalele is a great value for younger musicians, when you purchase it you should do so with the expectation that you’re going to have to upgrade in a couple of years. It’s not a guitar that a musician will carry with them for a long period of time, but it is a good way to get them started.