Interested in a light and quiet travel guitar? Our Yamaha silent guitar review might interest you. Today, we are having a look at Yamaha SLG200 – a bodiless guitar designed to cause minimal disturbance to your roommates and neighbors. Below, we’ll have a look at the features and benefits of the Yamaha guitar, and we’ll also touch upon its disadvantages.
The key feature of the Yamaha SLG200 guitar is the bodiless design. Due to the absence of a traditional guitar top and back, the sounds produced by the strings don’t get amplified much, which reduces the volume of the guitar significantly. SLG200 still produces some acoustic guitar sound, but it’s really quiet and unlikely to be heard by your neighbor’s next door.
What’s also nice about the design of SLG200 is that it’s really lightweight. This probably isn’t why you are shopping for a silent guitar, but the bodiless design still
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If you’re a beginner pianist, you should know that practice is essential to improving. Drilling in the basics and fundamentals isn’t possible without a good practice tool. We’ve got a few buyers guides here on PianoDreamers to help with decision making, but I’m sure some of you have come to a realization, a lot of the budget keyboards are arranger keyboards. Now don’t get me wrong, I love arranger keyboards and their extra features, and they’re essential if you’re taking band-focused lessons, like Trinity Guildhall’s Keyboard course.
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The P-45 and the P (Portable) line in general are Yamaha’s response to hugely popular budget pianos from Casio’s Privia line. The P-45 is the most affordable digital piano with fully weighted hammer-action keys in Yamaha’s arsenal. The piano has become very popular among beginners and intermediate players for its simplicity and a very attractive price, not to mention the high quality and realism of Yamaha instruments.
Yamaha P-45 is an 88-key hammer action digital piano with built-in speakers. The piano inherited the compact and lightweight design of its predecessor – P35; they look completely identical. Portability is one of the things I like about the P-45. It will easily fit into smaller spaces and will be a nice addition to your home interior. The piano is 52.2 inches wide, 11.6 inches deep and 6 inches high. The P-45 weighs only 25 lbs and light enough to carry by one person.
The piano would be a great choice for on-the-go musicians and anyone who appreciate mobility. The instrument will fit into most cars, so you can easily take the keyboard to gigs or on the road. Don’t forget though that the P45 is still a full-sized, 88-key instrument and isn’t suitable for long trips by plane/train. Anyway, if you’re going to travel with the piano, I strongly recommend buying a padded keyboard bag to protect your instrument during long/often transportation.
The piano does not come with a stand. The size of the piano allows you to place it on a table or any other flat surface, but you can always buy an optional X-type stand or the L85 furniture stand if you want the keyboard to be stationary.
Control panel of the P-45 is very simple and straightforward. There are only two buttons and a volume control. The “Power” button turns the instrument on and off; the other button is called “Function” (Grand piano) button, which you can use to either select Grand Piano sound or access all the other sounds and features of the P-45.
Yamaha P-45 control panel
You’ll need to simultaneously press the “Function” button + one of the piano keys (with a label above) to select the rest of the sounds, adjust touch-sensitivity, metronome tempo, etc. This way of navigating is pretty common for entry-level digital pianos.
The P-45 features fully weighted 88-key keyboard, called Graded Hammer Standard (GHS). It’s Yamaha’s most affordable hammer action, which you can find in most entry-level digital pianos from Yamaha. The feel and action of the keys of P-45 are very similar to those of an acoustic piano. The keyboard replicates the feel of the hammers inside an acoustic instrument, using actual little hammers inside the keyboard rather than springs (semi-weighted actions).
The GHS action has heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end just like an acoustic piano. The keyboard is touch (velocity) – sensitive, which means the volume/timbre changes depending on how hard or soft you play the keys, reproducing the rich dynamic range of a grand piano. You can adjust the level of touch-sensitivity to better suit your playing style. There are 4 preset settings: Fixed, Soft, Medium (default) and Hard. The “Fixed” setting makes the keyboard not sensitive to the
The Blue Yeti microphone works great in many recording situations and offers a ton of useful features for the price. The Blue Yeti USB microphone has been the most popular USB microphones in the last several years, but I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone.
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Even though the Blue Yeti tends to be popular with beginners (it
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