Yamaha LL16 12-String Lotus Series acoustic guitars establish a new standard for sumptuous quality and tone for acoustic instruments. Yamaha LL16 12-String guitars come hand-built to exacting standards at Yamaha's facility in Japan. LL16-12 acoustics simply exude world-class craftsmanship, tradition and innovation. The result is understated beauty and uniquely rich, distinctive acoustic sound.
The Lotus Series features 15 models in four categories from entry to luxury level. Simple and elegant styling features include premium Englemann Spruce tops, Rosewood back and side body construction, and the finest inlays, tuners and bindings. Each model also features Yamaha's original body style, and full 651 mm scale.
Construction innovations include Yamaha's exclusive Non-Scalloped 90° X-Bracing, which increases resonance and provides a more focused midrange, and the unique SQ Frame Side-Bracing, which enhances low and low-mid response. On traditional guitars, string vibration mostly affects the top of the instrument, and the rest of the acoustic structure serves to amplify that resonance. SQ Frame Side-Bracing expands string energy out to include the back and sides of the body, making the lows and low-mids richer, fuller and more alive.
While there are a number of ways to approach neck block design, Yamaha's proprietary NC Neck Block offers superior coupling of the neck and body while simultaneously increasing sustain, power and projection. Luthiers have constantly experimented with the lamination of premium tonewoods to find the perfect balance between warmth and sound definition. The neck design on Yamaha LL16 12-String Lotus Series combine traditional Mahogany with exotic Padauk for a clear, natural, round tone and superior neck rigidity.