Yamaha LL6 ARE review

A sumptuous mid-priced jumbo that’s big on top-end detail

Yamaha LL6 ARE review
(Image: © Yamaha)

Guitar World Verdict

Immaculately built, with a bold, deep and articulate voice, the LL6 ARE is an exceptional acoustic that shows just how playable a good jumbo can be.


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    Lovely depth of tone

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    There’s a treble sparkle that lets your fingerstyle shine

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    A respectable amount of volume

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    Outstanding playability

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    Flawless finish


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    Onboard pickup requires external preamp

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Yamaha’s LL6 ARE has no right to look and sound as good as it does, but the Japanese company has a reputation for putting together immaculately finished acoustic guitars with a voice and feel that transcends the modest price tag.

The LL6 ARE appears high up in our guide to top beginners acoustic, but this guitar wouldn't be out of place in the hands of intermediate players, too.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.