As with craftsmen and designers, musicians too feel the passion to practice all the time, honing their skills into the wee hours of the night. However, instruments are loud, and it’s probably not a good idea to wake the neighbors up with your music, even if you’re that good. If you’re a guitarist, you’ll be delighted to know Yamaha has developed a Silent Guitar.
Yamaha’s Silent Guitar allows the musician to practice with headphones or directly to a recording console but still enjoy the realistic sound of an acoustic instrument. The detachable top frame of the guitar enables it to be easily packed in the durable gig bag – lightweight and portable. Everything about Yamaha’s design is inline with the mentality that music should be played whenever and wherever.
The guitar’s body is composed of the following components: a maple body, mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard. Its controls include master volume, bass, treble and a rotary effect knob. It also has mini-stereo inputs for plugging in a music player for play-along. Power is supplied by either the AC adaptor or a 9V battery.
How it works is the guitar body converts the vibration of the strings into electric current using a piezoelectric pickup. The body does not amplify the vibration of the strings into audible sound, hence, the term “silent” guitar. You can play a more aggressive style due to its slimmer neck and lower action. It is equipped with reverb, chorus and echo effects which may be quite useful.