Yamaha GL1 Guitalele - Nylon String Guitar


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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele

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.

Editor's Note: While I agree with Mason that it's much easier for a young child to play one of these as opposed to a regular guitar, it is pitched a Perfect 4th above a guitar which means you have to play different chords to play along with another guitarist. If you're playing from a chord book and it says to play E Major you need to play A Major instead. However this isn't an issue when not playing along with other musicians or instructional videos, or if you understand transposing between keys.

If you'd prefer a more traditional guitar with standard tuning, then take a look at our guides to The Best Acoustic Guitars for Beginners or The Best Nylon String Guitars.