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  • Yamaha LS6 v. LS16?

    I am thinking about picking up a spruce/rosewood 000/OM as an alternative to my all hog 000-15S for fingerstyle. From all the buzz I have read over the L series, I am thinking Yamaha LS. I don't know if I will be able to find any locally to play and compare.

    I guess I am wondering if anyone has enough experience with both the all solid LS16 and laminated side/back LS6 to give me an idea if the resonance of the LS6 is sufficient to compete with it's all-solid sibling?

    Economic times being what they are, a $500 guitar is more attractive than a $750 guitar at the moment (and less likely to provoke my wife to kill me in my sleep). I am afraid I have bought my last Martin, Gibson or Larrivee for a long while.
    Randy

    So many guitars...so little talent.

    HCAG Happy Goat Guild

    SAWG Society

  • #2
    Whilst the LS6 is an excellent guitar, the LS16 is superior in terms of resonance and tone. The only difference between the two is the use of solid instead of laminate b&s, but IMHO the LS16 is well worth the extra investment.
    IF IT AINT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.

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    • #3
      I am thinking about picking up a spruce/rosewood 000/OM as an alternative to my all hog 000-15S for fingerstyle. From all the buzz I have read over the L series, I am thinking Yamaha LS. I don't know if I will be able to find any locally to play and compare.

      I guess I am wondering if anyone has enough experience with both the all solid LS16 and laminated side/back LS6 to give me an idea if the resonance of the LS6 is sufficient to compete with it's all-solid sibling?

      Economic times being what they are, a $500 guitar is more attractive than a $750 guitar at the moment (and less likely to provoke my wife to kill me in my sleep). I am afraid I have bought my last Martin, Gibson or Larrivee for a long while.



      This one looks pretty sweet.....A new Eastman AC308
      http://cgi.ebay.com/Eastman-AC-308-Grand-Concert-Guitar-NICE_W0QQitemZ250364471336QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuita r?hash=item250364471336&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkp arms=72%3A1199%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3 A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50
      Steve Goodman Fan/Eddie Wright Fan/Damon Fowler Fan 2006 Martin OM21, 2014 Martin GPC12string, 2012 Gibson J45 Standard Spruce/mahogany1969 Framus 12 String Spruce/Mahogany1990's Larrivee D2 (Spruce/Mahogany)2007-8 Guild C0-2C (Spruce/Mahogany)2009 Recording King RO-26 (Spruce/Mahogany)1962-3 Gibson LG2 (Spruce/Mahogany)

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      • #4
        This is interesting too.......BUY Now....$649 hog martin OM15

        http://cgi.ebay.com/Martin-OM-15-Mint-Except-for-One-needed-repair-W-Case_W0QQitemZ230321790929QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuita r?hash=item230321790929&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkp arms=72%3A1199%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3 A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50
        Steve Goodman Fan/Eddie Wright Fan/Damon Fowler Fan 2006 Martin OM21, 2014 Martin GPC12string, 2012 Gibson J45 Standard Spruce/mahogany1969 Framus 12 String Spruce/Mahogany1990's Larrivee D2 (Spruce/Mahogany)2007-8 Guild C0-2C (Spruce/Mahogany)2009 Recording King RO-26 (Spruce/Mahogany)1962-3 Gibson LG2 (Spruce/Mahogany)

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        • #5
          I would think the 000-15 would be great for fingerstyle... why bother adding the 000-sized LS?

          Regarding your question... only YOU can decide if the slight difference in sound is worth $250... I'm not good enough to warrant the delta, so went with the LS6 .
          Yamaha LS6
          Yamaha FG730S
          Alvarez MD350

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          • #6
            I would think the 000-15 would be great for fingerstyle... why bother adding the 000-sized LS?

            Regarding your question... only YOU can decide if the slight difference in sound is worth $250... I'm not good enough to warrant the delta, so went with the LS6 .


            If I bought guitars based on my abilities, an Esteban would be in my lap right now.

            As to the Martin, it is an extraordinary fingerstyle guitar. It's tone is unique due to the all mahogany construction. Looking for an occasional change of pace from that dark, woody tone.
            Randy

            So many guitars...so little talent.

            HCAG Happy Goat Guild

            SAWG Society

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            • #7
              Whilst the LS6 is an excellent guitar, the LS16 is superior in terms of resonance and tone. The only difference between the two is the use of solid instead of laminate b&s, but IMHO the LS16 is well worth the extra investment.


              I suspect I would agree with you. Despite my digital shortcomings, it seems my ear discerns slight tonal differences. I guess I have champagne ears and beer fingers.
              Randy

              So many guitars...so little talent.

              HCAG Happy Goat Guild

              SAWG Society

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              • #8
                I did not try a 16 but man I love the 6! I pick up my LS6 next week. Great playability and tone. Pittsburgh Guitars has them cheaper than the box stores and they check them out.
                If you can't support your local Rosewood dealership, then support mine

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                • #9
                  I did not try a 16 but man I love the 6! I pick up my LS6 next week. Great playability and tone. Pittsburgh Guitars has them cheaper than the box stores and they check them out.
                  If you can't support your local Rosewood dealership, then support mine


                  Congrats on your choice.

                  In terms of sonic pleasure, the 16 is a nice step up from the very pleasing 6.
                  IF IT AINT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.

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                  • #10
                    I suspect I would agree with you. Despite my digital shortcomings, it seems my ear discerns slight tonal differences. I guess I have champagne ears and beer fingers.



                    The beauty is that champagne ears can help beer fingers improve with practise. As always I highly recommend trying before buying whenever possible.
                    IF IT AINT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.

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                    • #11
                      The beauty is that champagne ears can help beer fingers improve with practise. As always I highly recommend trying before buying whenever possible.


                      Definitely true---I dove back into playing headfirst when I finally began to acquire some quality guitars a few years ago. Despite my limitations, I really enjoy the sometimes subtle differences between guitars, both in feel and in tone. I typically play 3-4 of mine every night.

                      I have improved by leaps and bounds from where I left off (started 30 years ago with long periods of inactivity) and play at least an hour or two a day on average. I have both anatomical and musical limits which will always be a roadblock, but playing has become my way of shedding the stress and pressures of my work, which seem to increase rather than decrease as I get older.

                      It is the sound of the guitars that keeps me going, not my own input to the music that inspires me---if that makes any sense.
                      Randy

                      So many guitars...so little talent.

                      HCAG Happy Goat Guild

                      SAWG Society

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                      • #12
                        Definitely true---I dove back into playing headfirst when I finally began to acquire some quality guitars a few years ago. Despite my limitations, I really enjoy the sometimes subtle differences between guitars, both in feel and in tone. I typically play 3-4 of mine every night.

                        I have improved by leaps and bounds from where I left off (started 30 years ago with long periods of inactivity) and play at least an hour or two a day on average. I have both anatomical and musical limits which will always be a roadblock, but playing has become my way of shedding the stress and pressures of my work, which seem to increase rather than decrease as I get older.

                        It is the sound of the guitars that keeps me going, not my own input to the music that inspires me---if that makes any sense.


                        Your perspective certainly makes sense to me and three factors stand above all others. Enjoyment, inspiration and stress relief, with all running equally alongside one another and serving you well. You can't place a price on such life enhancements.

                        Should you decide on the LS16 I can forward a kevlar helmet and body armour as protection against angry wife syndrome.
                        IF IT AINT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.

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                        • #13


                          Should you decide on the LS16 I can forward a kevlar helmet and body armour as protection against angry wife syndrome.



                          I have the body armor and helmet(2 motorcycles in the garage---oops, motorbikes ). However, a Kevlar jockstrap might help me sleep better!

                          The LS16 is not out of reach. I kind of have a deal with my wife anyway. I sell guitars that gather dust to pay for new acquisitions. 1 in the door and 2 or 3 out to eBay.
                          Randy

                          So many guitars...so little talent.

                          HCAG Happy Goat Guild

                          SAWG Society

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                          • #14
                            To me neither of the Yamaha's are a good choice for fingerstyle because the string spacing at the saddle is way too tight. I owned the LS6 briefly, but that spacing was a killer. YMMV of course since you don't have my pudgy fingers. Among similarly priced alternatives I'd recommend a Stanford OM.

                            BTW, I think I bought that OM-15 that was linked last year (unless it's another OM-15 with a big back crack). The crack supposedly happened in transit to me and I ended up having to send it back and do a dispute to get my money back. Too bad, cause I would have had it repaired for a suitable partial refund. Nice sounding guitar.

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                            • #15
                              I have the body armor and helmet(2 motorcycles in the garage---oops, motorbikes ). However, a Kevlar jockstrap might help me sleep better!

                              The LS16 is not out of reach. I kind of have a deal with my wife anyway. I sell guitars that gather dust to pay for new acquisitions. 1 in the door and 2 or 3 out to eBay.


                              The only problem - and my wife keeps reminding me - is that we all have to sleep sometime and no amount of body armour can ever provide enough protection. I can't even hide, or sleep in the workshop, because she has a key. lol
                              IF IT AINT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.

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