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Old 10-06-2019, 10:02 PM
Jaden Jaden is offline
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Originally Posted by musicwu View Post
As I said before, the 'guitar A' I mention is a Yamaha LS 16 ARE. In fact, I've owned a Yamaha LS 6 (pre-ARE) as well as two Yamaha A series guitars and none has humidity related issues. I agree that Yamahas are built slighly heavily on purpose to survive the variations of humidity around the world.

I may as well mention that other than the 5 ply neck, there is also a piece of wood block underneath the fretboard extension to make it stronger (strange that my Recording King guitar has the same thing). My AC3M does buzz when I play the high e string on higher frets but my luthier says it is due to the low action. However, the 5/64 action (low E 12th fret) on my LS 16 ARE is free from any buzz, which is amazing given that the humidity in my place is quite low throughout the year.

Regarding the sound, I might be biased. When I blind test my Yamaha L series guitars, I cannot tell the difference between them and guitars that are 2x or 3x expensive but if I just normally play the guitar I actually feel the sound is a bit bland, but that's very subjective.
Yes, Yamahas are very good that way. Before reading about and becoming fully aware of low humidity danger to all solid wood guitars, the first LL16 I owned by the middle of the first winter during a prolonged cold outdoor dry indoor spell, did begin to buzz so I humidified it and it was then I realized it had dried out some. It was a very rich, not ‘woofy’ but clear toned guitar with the soft Engelmann spruce top and rosewood back. Unbelievable value.
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