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Yamaha LL16 ARE Dreadnought w/Engelmann Spruce Top, Solid Rosewood Back and Side

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The LL16 A.R.E. features all-solid Rosewood back and sides with a hand-selected premium Engelmann Spruce top. A newly designed bracing pattern and A.R.E. treatment create rich warmth and open resonance while maintaining excellent tone balance. In addition, a new comfortable neck profile and Yamaha's Zero impact pickup ensure you a stress-free performance on stage.

  • Original Jumbo body type

  • Solid Engelmann spruce top treated with A.R.E.

  • Solid rosewood back & side

  • High Comfort traditional neck profile

  • 5ply neck

  • SRT Zero impact pickup

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Closest StoreSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Once I started exploring 12-string, solid spruce/rosewood options the field narrowed pretty fast. There aren't a lot of 12-string production guitars with these specs at any price -- much less, with an (aged) Engelmann spruce top and ebony fingerboard, maple (body and neck) binding and just a tasteful touch of abalone. I have other guitars so this wasn't intended to be my main player, rather another sonic option in the toolkit. Once I picked up this one, I knew it was special -- the neck was chunky and comfortable and the first strum resonated for what seemed like 5 minutes! Clear and articulate. But what surprised me most was the price/value. Now in my late 50's, I only came back to guitar within the last 7 years and wanted to build a small collection of upper-mid range instruments with individual voices from the best builders, Taylor (414ce), Martin (000-15sm), Fender (US Telecaster), Godin/LaPatrie (Concert), etc. And while I knew Yamaha was a quality product at a good price, I hadn't really considered one before coming across this beauty -- nor had it crossed my mind to own an asian-built fiddle. So, what I've learned is that there really are still great deals out there and once I parked my NA-made biases and just evaluated materials, build quality, playability, and sound -- I realized that the LL16-12 is as good as a sub-$3000 production guitar as any on the market. And I was lucky enough to find a lightly-played used one at that -- so I'm more than satisfied with this baby and you will be too.
Posted by Devril on Aug 1, 2020
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Unbelievable Quality/Performance1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBrantford, Ontario
I've had the guitar for a year and a half and I'm still blown away with it. Was mostly an electric player until I got this acoustic. It looks and sounds incredible and plays even nicer. The neck/frets are extremely comfortable to move around on, while the strings are nicely spaced towards the bridge for finger picking. Overall build quality is excellent, and the rosewood back and sides look fantastic. Hands down this is the best acoustic for under 1000$, and I actually chose it over a Gibson at double the cost. Highly recommend this one!
Posted by Jesse on May 23, 2020
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LL16 Unbelievable!1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBrampton, Ontario
I was not looking for an acoustic guitar but tried this model in-store and after about 30 minutes of playing she was coming home w me. The sound was great and Yamaha didn't skimp on the appointments - binding all around, abalone inlays, rosewood, spruce top, factory pickup, etc. The only drawback is I would have preferred a hardshell case but overall, top marks across the board.
Posted by Andrew on Nov 6, 2019
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yamaha ll16 are2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSydney, Nova Scotia
This guitar will easily match or surpass any Gibson or Martin at four times the price. Every time I pick it up it just blows me away. Don't matter where it's made, it's the quality control that matters. This LL16 is flawless in sound, looks, and build.
Posted by Brian Norman on May 29, 2019
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Top quality Guitar!!5 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreFredericton, New Brunswick
Great instrument. Deep tone on the low end and bright on the high end. Lots of volume. The pickup is great as well. The sound and playability is comparable to guitars four times its price.
Posted by Russell on Apr 1, 2019
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Equal to my US made Martin4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePeterborough, Ontario
My wife purchased the left handed version of this guitar last year and she loves it. I was looking for another high end guitar so I went to L&M and tried all the different ones, including the Gibson Dove and Gibson Songwriter models. This Yamaha beauty actually sounds better to me than either of the two Gibsons I tried, and has a much better price tag. I was concerned about the fact that is is made in China, but am concerned no more. The build quality, sound and feel are all outstanding! Plugged in, the pickup sounds clean and true to the acoustic vibe of this amazing guitar. In short, it is well worth the money.
Posted by Rick on Oct 29, 2018
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My new favorite6 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton North, Alberta
I sat in L&M for about 6 hours one day trying out new acoustics. A&B different models. i tried all the high end ones. Over the years my martin neck had shifted and never felt the same. i needed a new high end beauty. My wife suggested i try out this yamaha. i picked it up and was immediately blown away by the first chord i strummed. Theres nothing on this guitar that is a gimmick. the ARE treatment is real and produces the loudest most resonant acoustic i ever played. I fully enjoy playing acoustic again. The build quality is simply amazing. i shied away from this guitar because of the fact its made in china. Dont let that fool you like it did me. This is a better build than a gibson dove which has 6 times the price tag. I strongly recommend trying one of these out. I cant say enough good. its a true joy to play with the best sound ive found out of many acoustics ive had.
Posted by RJ on Oct 3, 2018
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A very nice dread !6 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSudbury, Ontario
Yamaha has done a great job on the LL16 from China. The build quality is spot on! This is not a contract product. It is from Yamaha plant operating under Yamaha quality control. The all solid wood combination of ebony bridge and fingerboard, rosewood body, mahogany neck, spruce top is a classic. The abalone markers and rosette are tight. Cream neck/headstock binding are classy, not to mention the maple body binding. Chunky bridge aids sustain. 12 side braces add to body strength and distribute vibrations. Tortoise pick-guard is cool. And, an under saddle passive pickup. No silly batteries to play around with. Comes with a soft shell case with foam panel reinforcement. Don't think "bag", think "case". This dread is a riot to play. Big bottom but also handles the highs just fine. Good signal coverage of all 6 strings. Comfortable neck profile for solid chords and quick leads. There is a big field of choice out there now. I tried many dreads, including US made. The build and value, for me, is right here, Yammie LL16 A.R.E.. Solid Cool! The folks at Burlington L+M were very helpful and with free and fast shipping (1.5 day) by Purolator to my door in the Soo. Right on L+M!!
Posted by Rob-Bob on Feb 15, 2018
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Very Nice4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
I was in the market for a solid wood guitar and had been looking at Martins in the $2000 price range. The second I played this guitar I knew it was right for me. The sound just booms out of this thing and it also sounds great plugged in using just the passive pickup. I am extremely happy with this purchase!
Posted by Jamal on Jan 8, 2018
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