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.
Its dimensions are: scale length (nut to saddle) 432mm (17"); nut width 47.6mm (17⁄8"); body length 730 mm (283⁄4"); body width 290 mm (11.4"); body depth 71.4mm (213⁄16").
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).