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Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by Mimasu » Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:33 pm

Couldn't let this one go. A 2008 LLX26C in great condition. Picked her up yesterday:

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Fantastic craftmanship.

Completely different sound and feel compared with my vintage Yamaha's. Very well balanced but less boomy.

As I am a collector of vintage Yamaha's I told myself that the amount of non vintage guitars should not increase, so one of the others has to leave, I'm in serious doubt, it has te be my LSX400 or my CPS15W.

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Re: Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by Saul » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:03 pm

That's a beautiful guitar Leon. Spruce top with Rosewood back and sides is my perfect combination in an acoustic :)
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Re: Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by GraemeC » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:15 am

Lucky boy Mimasu! These are fully hand built in Japan, no laminates. They sound more like top of the range Taylors. What strings have you got on it?

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Re: Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by Mimasu » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:03 pm

I put D'Addario Phosfor Bronze custom light (011) on all my acoustics. Seems I can't get used to thicker strings. I see you have a LLX36C. Similar but with nitro finish, or am I wrong?

I have a few other all solid handcrafted Yamaha's. A 1981 L5A and L15A, and a 2000 LSX400. All great instruments. Craftmanship is excellent in all cases, but when it comes to 'personality' (I hope you understand what I mean with that, don't know another word for it) the L15A (handmade in Taiwan) wins. Perhaps is the aging of the wood or the Taiwanese craftmanship. These were the first handmade MIT guitars and perhaps the Taiwanese wanted to show the Japanese owners they could build fantastic guitars too.
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Re: Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by Buzzard » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:31 pm

Ups, my bad, a late HNGD to you. :wink:
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Re: Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by Mimasu » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:39 pm

Buzzard wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:31 pm
a late HNGD to you. :wink:
I must admit...... I had to google this one..... but thanks! :D

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Re: Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by GraemeC » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:10 pm

Hi Mimasu. Nice collection!

Yes, the LLX36C does have a very thin nitro finish. In fact mine was a shop demo which had crazed a bit on the front so I got it at a discount. Yamaha advised me that the finish was so thin that to have it redone would impact audibly on the tone. I gig with it sometimes and it has picked up a couple of small dings as well. I have often wondered what if anything I could have done about that. But never actually done anything. Money is an issue.

The LLX26C also doesn't have the cutaway. For me that makes quite a difference to the fullness of the tone. I seldom if ever play above12 on acoustic guitars.

String-wise I also like lighter strings. I tend to use Elixir 11's on it. Still plenty of bottom end but enough jangle. Its got that piano-ish sound that's so hard to find on acoustics.
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Re: Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by Mimasu » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:29 pm

GraemeC wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:10 pm
Hi Mimasu. Nice collection!
Thanks :D
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Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:10 pm
The LLX26C also doesn't have the cutaway. For me that makes quite a difference to the fullness of the tone.
Did you have a chance to compare? I doubted a long time if I'd buy a cutaway or not. I like the looks of the normal LL. But these guitars are very rare overhere and this one passed by at an reasonable price.

I didn't have time to play her ampified yet. I must do so one of the next days.

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Re: Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by GraemeC » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:31 pm

I didn't play the two against each other, but I have with other acoustics. My buddy used to own a music shop. Logic also tells us that if they sounded better acoustically with the cutaway, non-cutaways would probably disappear.

Hand built Yammies are very rare most places. As I mentioned, mine was the only one available in the entire EU and was about to be sent back to the factory because of the crazing.
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Re: Yamaha LLX26C

Unread post by Mimasu » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:37 pm

Two and a half month now. That must be enough time to review a guitar. I play more acoustic than I've ever done before and the LLX26C is the first guitar I go to. I must admit in the past I sometimes had some doubts about these modern high end Yamaha's. Are they worth the money? I still wonder why these guitars, at least here in Holland, cost 1.300 euro more than a Martin D28. It's hard argueing that a relatively simple guitar, no fancy inlays, bindings, no high end MOP, is worth 4.000 euro.

But, too expensive or not, it's a fantastic guitar. Great playability and fantastic balanced. I think that last part is the reason she stands out. I have some vintage high end Yamaha's. All sounding great. But they don't match the balanced overall sound of my LLX26C.

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