Yamaha announced today a new series in their acoustic guitar lineup – the STORIA series.
The STORIA guitars hit all the right notes for a starter guitar for beginner fingerstyle players – attractive styling, built-in pickups, concert body style, and an affordable price point.
As we’ve noted before, a smaller ‘concert’ style body shape is helpful for fingerstyle playing because it makes it easier to play high up the neck. Also, if you’re into harmonics and percussive-style playing, you’ll often find yourself draped tightly over the top of the guitar as you work those delicate techniques. That’s harder to accomplish over a full-size dreadnaught acoustic body.
As for electronics, the built-in Yamaha® SRT passive undersaddle pickups offer a great entry point for players looking to move past their living room to small venues or to record directly into their laptops.
And it’s worth saying that the overall look of the guitar is easy on the eyes, as well.
Overall, this is a welcome entry from a solid guitar maker, bringing the right features at an affordable price to beginner players.
For more details from Yamaha, read below.
STORIA Series guitars are more than simply attractive instruments for beginners, however. In addition to their appealing finishes, tasteful inlay work, and champagne gold tuners, they feature superb workmanship, solid tops, brass bridge pins, and Yamaha® SRT passive undersaddle pickups, which provide a warm and natural-sounding acoustic tone when the guitars are amplified. All three STORIA models have FS (Concert) body shapes with mahogany backs and sides, nato necks with walnut fingerboards, urea nuts and saddles, and 25″ scale lengths. Complementary inside colors and sound hole inlays complete the designs.
STORIA I has a solid Sitka spruce top with an off-white semi-gloss finish and ivory body binding. The mahogany back and sides have a natural finish, the inside is light blue and the rosette is inlaid with ivory and mahogany. The guitar has a clear yet rich sound.
STORIA II has a solid mahogany top with a natural semi-gloss finish and a 3/16″ (5mm) beveled edge. The mahogany back and sides also have a natural finish, the inside is ultramarine and the rosette is inlaid with ivory and abalone. The mahogany top, sides, and back give the guitar a warm yet well-balanced sound.
STORIA III has a solid mahogany top with a chocolate-brown gloss finish and black body binding. The mahogany back and sides also have a chocolate-brown finish, the inside is wine red and the rosette has ivory, red wine, and black inlays. The mahogany top, sides, and back give the guitar a warm yet well-balanced sound.