Yamaha LS16ARE Electro Acoustic Guitar, Sunburst

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  • 40th Anniversary Model to celebrate 40 years of L Series Models
  • Includes Hard Bag for Transportation
  • Discrete SRT Zero Impact Pickup Provides an Enhanced Sound
  • Acoustic Resonant Treatment for an Improved Sound
  • Features a Small Body Which is Ideal for Finger-Style Guitarists

Yamaha LS16ARE Electro Acoustic Guitar, Sunburst


The Yamaha LS16ARE Acoustic Guitar is a newly re-designed Electro Acoustic Guitar to celebrate Yamaha's 40th anniversary. It has been beautifully crafted from a solid engelmann spruce top that features an acoustic resonant enhancement process for an improved sound, and solid rosewood back and sides that offer a well balanced tone. This modified model also features a stunning Ebony fingerboard which is mounted on a comfortable 5-ply neck. The Yamaha LS16ARE is also equipped with a discrete zero-impact pickup, making it ready for performance or recording at anytime without sacrificing its traditional look or full acoustic resonance. Its smaller body size provides greater accessibility for guitarists who specialise in finger-style playing. Available in Natural and Sunburst finishes.

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40 Years of Premium Guitars

Yamaha's L Series Acoustic Guitars have been around for 40 years, and are renowned for being a revered line of handcrafted acoustic guitars known for their tonal quality, fine tone woods and impeccable workmanship. They now feature several new innovations that deliver classic quality, value and a genuine redesign befitting for a 40th anniversary model.

Acoustic Resonance Enhancement

The Yamaha LS16ARE is a ground up redesign from Yamaha's guitar team. Featuring a solid Engelmann spruce top now treated with A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement), an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha produces a tonal richness that can only be found in a vintage instrument that has been played for many years. This Yamaha-developed process involves the precise control of temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure, to manipulate the molecular properties of wood to provide a more acoustically ideal condition.

Modified Bracing Pattern

Significantly, the LS16ARE has a redesigned non-scalloped bracing pattern, introducing a lower bracing height and shape that improves the vibration of the top board and tonal transference throughout the guitar. This innovative new feature creates a balanced low end, a crisp top end, an increase in volume, and characteristics in keeping with current market demands.

New Improved Neck Profile

Improvements to the feel of the neck on the the L series makes them immediately comfortable to play. Refining the neck profile means all the models now have a five-ply design and the L series has a lower string action and wider string spacing. The LS16ARE also features an Ebony fingerboard, which adds to the overall quality of this stunning instrument

Small Body

The LS16ARE is equipped with a smaller body compared to others in the L series. In recent years there has been a resurgence in popularity for smaller sized acoustic guitars, due to their versatility and capability to offer powerful tones. These shrunken guitars are especially perfect for guitarists who focus on finger-style playing techniques.


Compared to the original range of L Series, these upgraded models come with an unobtrusive passive under-saddle SRT Zero Impact Pickup for live applications that does not affect the unplugged sound or detract from the guitar's gorgeous finishes. Yamaha added this almost invisible and simple-to-use feature that expands each guitar's capabilities.


  • 40th Anniversary Model to celebrate 40 years of L Series
  • Small Type Body provides better accessibility for finger-style guitarists
  • Acoustic Resonant Treatment for an improved sound
  • Redesigned Bracing Pattern offers bright tone with an enhanced low-end tone
  • Engelmann Spruce Top in Sunburst Finish
  • Ebony Fingerboard and Bridge
  • Rosewood Back & Side offers well-balance tone from low to high
  • Comfortable Traditional Neck Profile allows you to play for longer
  • 5-ply rosewood and mahogany neck offers a rich and powerful sound
  • Discrete SRT Zero Impact Pickup provides an enhanced sound
  • Traditional Small bodied Yamaha LS features an excellent tonal balance which delivers a big, confident sound for its small size
  • Includes hard bag for transportation


Body & Bridge

  • Body:Small Type
  • Body Depth:100-120 mm (3 15/16"-4 3/4")
  • Bracing:Non Scalloped
  • Finish/Colour:Sunburst
  • Top:Solid Engelmann Spruce A.R.E.
  • Back:Solid Rosewood
  • Side:Solid Rosewood
  • Bridge:Ebony

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck:Mahogany & Rosewood 5ply
  • Neck Profile:Traditional
  • Fingerboard:Ebony
  • Nut Width:44 mm (1 3/6")

Hardware & Electronics

  • String Length:650 mm (25 9/16")
  • Tuners:Die-cast Gold (TM-29G)
  • Pickups:SRT Zero Impact Pickup
  • Case:Hard Bag