GL-1 Guitalele

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Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele
Classification String instrument
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The Yamaha GL-1 is a guitalele, also known as a 1/4 size guitar or guitar-ukulele hybrid, combining the size of an ukulele with the wider fretboard and six single nylon strings of a classical guitar.

The guitalele combines the portability of a ukulele, due to its small size, with greater chord possibilities from six strings. In January 1997, Yamaha Corporation came out with its version, the GL-1 Guitalele.[1][2]

Its dimensions are: scale length (nut to saddle) 432mm (17"); nut width 47.6mm (178"); body length 730 mm (2834"); body width 290 mm (11.4"); body depth 71.4mm (21316").

The GL-1 guitalele has an unadorned laminated spruce top (with no rosette), laminated meranti back and sides, nato neck and rosewood fretboard. It comes tuned ADGCEA, and is played like a guitar pitched up to “A” (like a guitar with a capo on the fifth fret).


  1. ^ Nikkei Weekly (December 22, 1997) Small guitar can be amplified. Section: New products, science & Technology. Page 10.
  2. ^ "GL1". Retrieved 2012-09-11.