Groundbreaking Yamaha TransAcoustic Guitar Generates Reverb and Chorus Without Need for External Effects or Amplification

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New Concept in Acoustic Guitar Technology Recreates the Experience of Playing in a Rich, Live Room

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“Adding these effects to the natural sound of the instrument is far more enjoyable than in a dry-sounding room. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never want to play another acoustic guitar again,” said Dennis Webster, Yamaha Corporation of America.

At Musicmesse 2016, Yamaha today introduced the TransAcoustic Guitar, an entirely new concept in acoustic guitar technology that recreates the experience of playing in a rich, live room without needing any external amplification or effects.

Yamaha is known worldwide for its innovation, and TransAcoustic technology vastly expands the capabilities, versatility and the sound of traditional musical instruments. Originally developed in the company’s acoustic piano division, TransAcoustic technology is now available in the Yamaha LL-TA handcrafted dreadnought and LS-TA concert acoustic guitar.

In essence, TransAcoustic guitar technology allows the player to add both reverb and chorus to the natural sound of the instrument – emanating from the guitar itself, without having to plug in external effects or amplification.

It accomplishes this feat through the incorporation of an actuator inside the guitar. When the player performs, the strings cause the actuator to vibrate, which is then conveyed to the guitar body and to the air around the guitar, resulting is stunningly authentic reverb and chorus effects.

Three knobs located on the side of the guitar provide easy adjustment of the level of the effect, as well as a line out volume level and an on/off control.

The two models are available in Vintage Tint and Brown Sunburst finishes, with clear pick guards and ebony fingerboards. They each feature a solid Engelmann spruce top that has been aged with Yamaha A.R.E. technology, as well as rosewood backs and sides, which translates into a warm, yet powerful vintage quality tone. Five-ply mahogany and rosewood necks are climate resistant, and they intonate and stay intonated over time.

The edge of the neck and the frets are rounded, making it smooth all the way across the instrument, so there is no worry about fingers getting caught, particularly appealing to guitarists who like to play with their thumb.

An SRT piezo pickup provides the guitar's plugged-in tones. In addition, a redesigned battery box is integrated with the guitar's endpin, reducing acoustic sound loss.

“Whether practicing, writing, recording or just playing for fun, the Yamaha TransAcoustic Guitar will make you play better, longer and with more creativity,” said Dennis Webster, marketing manager, guitars, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Adding these effects to the natural sound of the instrument is far more enjoyable than in a dry-sounding room. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never want to play another acoustic guitar again.”

Pricing and Availability
Yamaha LL-TA dreadnought and LS-TA concert acoustic guitar will ship later this year; MSRP to be determined.

For more information, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Ho1pVfE4o

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About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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