Yamaha LS16M ARE - Natural

Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Solid Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and SRT Pickup - Natural
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A Small-bodied, All-solid-wood A/E from Yamaha!

Want a smaller-bodied acoustic-electric guitar with exceptional tone and playability? Check out the Yamaha LS16M. Part of Yamaha's legendary L Series, the LS16M uses a hand-selected, solid Engelmann spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides to give you a rich, warm sounding guitar with full-range response. The 5-ply mahogany/rosewood neck sports not only a smooth-playing rosewood fingerboard, but also a new, slimmer neck shape and an enhanced fingerboard edge. A passive SRT Zero Impact Pickup uses six separate elements to detect each string and give you authentic plugged-in tones. The updated Yamaha LS16M delivers killer tone and playability in a premium acoustic-electric guitar.

Yamaha LS16M Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Innovative construction to build a better guitar
  • Hand-selected Spruce top for great tone
  • A full-range passive pickup system
Innovative construction to build a better guitar

The great tone and smooth playability of the LS16M are due to Yamaha's never-ending search for perfection. The recently developed A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) process gives your guitar a broken-in and aged tone. By controlling the atmospheric pressure, temperature, and humidity, the molecular properties of the wood are manipulated to mirror those of a guitar that has been played for years. Each L Series guitar also sports a modified non-scalloped bracing that enhances the guitars low end. And the 5-ply mahogany/rosewood neck, after re-evaluation of string height and spacing, has a new design for improved playability. The Yamaha LS16M utilizes newly developed advances in guitar construction to bring you an amazingly playable and great-sounding instrument.

Solid tonewoods deliver great tone

Sweetwater knows that the choice of top wood can have a strong effect the sound of an acoustic guitar. For the LS16M, Yamaha chose a premium, hand-selected solid Engelmann spruce top. Chosen as much for its look as its tone, solid spruce has a well-rounded, articulate sound with excellent projection. Its solid mahogany back and sides provide exceptional bass and focus. And because the LS16M is a solid-wood guitar, the tone will age gracefully, with enhanced harmonics and greater tonal balance as the years go by. Combine the premium tonewoods with the LS16M's smaller "medium jumbo" body size, and you've got a guitar that's wonderfully detailed and responsive - ideal for finger picking!

A full-range passive pickup system

The passive SRT Zero Impact Pickup was designed by Yamaha to deliver a faithful reproduction of the LS16M's natural, dynamic sound. It was also designed to minimize the impact on the guitars looks and tone. The passive design doesn't use a bulky preamp that's routed into the body to hamper the instrument's look or resonance. Each string has its own piezoelectric element for a full-sounding and accurate sound. Because this is a passive pickup system, you'll need to use an external preamp when you want to plug in the Yamaha LS16M.

Yamaha LS16M Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Innovative guitar design gives you an amazing-playing and sounding instrument
  • Smaller "medium jumbo" body size is amazingly comfortable, and perfect for finger picking
  • Hand-selected solid Engelmann spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides for rich tone and projection
  • A.R.E. process molecularly "ages" the wood to match guitars that have been played for years
  • 5-ply mahogany/rosewood neck has been redesigned for today's guitar player
  • Updated non-scalloped bracing pattern delivers a fuller low-end
  • Passive SRT Zero Impact pickup uses individual piezo elements for each string
  • Hardshell case included
Yamaha's updated LS16M offers exceptional playability and tone.

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Medium Jumbo
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Urethane
Top Wood Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Mahogany
Neck Wood 5-Ply Mahogany/Rosewood
Neck Shape Traditional
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Die-Cast Gold
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Depth 3.93"-3.75"
Electronics SRT Zero Impact Pickup
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number LS16MHC

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beautiful!

This is amazing guitar. I wasn't able to play one before buying, so I went off reviews off the internet, which were all positive - couldn't find a negative one out there! I challenge anyone to find an all solid wood guitar, with the detailing, electronics, playability, tone, and hard case for the price. The sound; crystalline, sweet, and commanding. It's got great projection when strumming and simply sweet in fingerstyle. The neck has a nice low profile which makes playing it easy for my small hands, and the action spot on out of the box! I also own a seagull and a martin, and there's a lot of comparing one guitar to another in reviews out there, but let's face it, they all have their own voices and purposes. While this one doesn't have the deep mellow tone of my martin, or the woodsy sound of my seagull, this has a voice all it's own, light and sparkling! The looks are top notch quality and beautiful as well. I NEVER would have bought this from any other online store, only sweetwater with their fast shipping, quality control, excellent customer service!
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Yamaha ls16

Amazing guitar. Great tonality and playability. The ebony fretboard is very smooth and workable. My original thought was that because this is a small body guitar that it wouldn't be that loud.....I was wrong! This guitar projects almost as loud as my full body 1958 guild. The ARE technology is also a plus. This guitar sounds aged but still has a new crisp sound.
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Yamaha, Yamaha 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Yamaha Acoustic / Electric Guitars