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Yamaha SLG100SYamaha SLG100S Silent Steel Acoustic Electric Guitar
Additionally, performing and recording guitar players will find the Yamaha SLG100S to be a unique tool, due in part to its stunning appearance and the self-contained design that completely eliminates onstage feedback. The SLG100S features a streamlined appearance, lightweight composite body, Mahogany neck and Rosewood fingerboard, plus a pickguard and an adjustable rod in the neck. Like its nylon string counterpart the SLG100N, the SLG100S breaks down quickly for ease of transportation.Electroni... Read more

Part Number: SLG100S
UPC: 0086792657059, 086792657059
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Owners Manual


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Thank you for purchasing the Yamaha Silent Guitar. In order to obtain the maximum performance and enjoyment from your Silent Guitar, we urge you to read this Owners Manual thoroughly before using the instrument. Please keep this Owners Manual in a safe place for later reference.


Precautions.. 3 Main Body/Accessories.. 4 Nomenclature... 5 Attaching the Frame... 7
I About the Strap Pin... 7
Tuning... 8 Power Supply... 9
I Supplying AC Power... 9 I Installing the Battery... 9

Using the Controls.. 10

I Using the LINE OUT jack... 10 I Using the stereo earphones.. 10
Using the Soft Case.. 11 Connecting External Devices. 12
I AUX IN jack... 13 I Output Jacks (LINE OUT Jack/Headphone Jack). 13

Specifications.. 14

This product utilizes batteries or an external power supply (adaptor). DO NOT connect this product to any power supply or adaptor other than one described in the manual, on the name plate, or specifically recommended by Yamaha. This product should be used only with the components supplied or; a cart, rack, or stand that is recommended by Yamaha. If a cart, etc., is used, please observe all safety markings and instructions that accompany the accessory product.
Battery Notice: This product MAY contain a small non-rechargeable
battery which (if applicable) is soldered in place. The average life span of this type of battery is approximately five years. When replacement becomes necessary, contact a qualified service representative to perform the replacement. This product may also use household type batteries. Some of these may be rechargeable. Make sure that the battery being charged is a rechargeable type and that the charger is intended for the battery being charged. When installing batteries, do not mix old batteries with new, or with batteries of a different type. Batteries MUST be installed correctly. Mismatches or incorrect installation may result in overheating and battery case rupture.
contained in this manual is believed to be correct at the time of printing. However, Yamaha reserves the right to change or modify any of the specifications without notice or obligation to update existing units.
Do not attempt to service this product beyond that described in the usermaintenance instructions. All other servicing should be referred to qualified service personnel. This product, either alone or in combination with an amplifier and headphones or speaker/s, may be capable of producing sound levels that could cause permanent hearing loss. DO NOT operate for long periods of time at a high volume level or at a level that is uncomfortable. If you experience any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, you should consult an audiologist. IMPORTANT: The louder the sound, the shorter the time period before damage occurs.
Warning: Do not attempt to disassemble or incinerate any battery. Keep all
batteries away from children. Dispose of used batteries promptly and as regulated by the laws in your area. Note: Check with any retailer of household type batteries in your area for battery disposal information.
Disposal Notice: Should this product become damaged beyond repair, or
for some reason its useful life is considered to be at an end, please observe all local, state, and federal regulations that relate to the disposal of products that contain lead, batteries, plastics, etc. If your dealer is unable to assist you, please contact Yamaha directly.
NAMEPLATE LOCATION: The nameplate is located on the back of the
product. The model number, serial number, power requirements, etc., are located on this plate. You should record the model number, serial number, and the date of purchase in the spaces provided below and retain this manual as a permanent record of your purchase.
NOTICE: Service charges incurred due to a lack of knowledge relating to
how a function or effect works (when the unit is operating as designed) are not covered by the manufacturers warranty, and are therefore the owners responsibility. Please study this manual carefully and consult your dealer before requesting service.

Model Purchase Date

Serial No.
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: Yamaha strives to produce products that
are both user safe and environmentally friendly. We sincerely believe that our products and the production methods used to produce them meet these goals. In keeping with both the letter and the spirit of the law, we want you to be aware of the following:

This product, when installed as indicated in the instructions contained in this manual, meets FCC requirements. Modifications not expressly approved by Yamaha may void your authority, granted by the FCC, to use the product. electronic devices. Compliance with FCC regulations does not guarantee that interference will not occur in all installations. If this product is found to be the source of interference, which can be determined by turning the unit OFF and ON, please try to eliminate the problem by using one of the following measures: Relocate either this product or the device that is being affected by the interference. Utilize power outlets that are on different branch (circuit breaker or fuse) circuits or install AC line filter/s. In the case of radio or TV interference, relocate/reorient the antenna. If the antenna lead-in is 300 ohm ribbon lead, change the lead-in to coaxial type cable. If these corrective measures do not produce satisfactory results, please contact the local retailer authorized to distribute this type of product. If you cannot locate the appropriate retailer, please contact Yamaha Corporation of America, Electronic Service Division, 6600 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620 The above statements apply ONLY to those products distributed by Yamaha Corporation of America or its subsidiaries.


When connecting this product to accessories and/or another product use only high-quality shielded cables. Cable/s supplied with this product MUST be used. Follow all installation instructions. Failure to follow instructions could void your FCC authorization to use this product in the USA.

3. NOTE:

This product has been tested and found to comply with the requirements listed in FCC Regulations, Part 15 for Class B digital devices. Compliance with these requirements provides a reasonable level of assurance that your use of this product in a residential environment will not result in harmful interference with other electronic devices. This equipment generates/uses radio frequencies and, if not installed and used according to the instructions found in the users manual, may cause interference harmful to the operation of other


This applies only to products distributed by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. Ceci ne sapplique quaux produits distribus par Yamaha Canada Musique Lte.
Your Silent Guitar will give you years of reliable service if you follow the simple rules given below: I Location
Do not expose it to the following conditions to avoid deformation, discoloration, or more serious damage. Direct sunlight (e.g. near a window). High temperatures (e.g. near a heat source, outside, or in a car during the daytime). Excessive humidity. Excessive dust. Strong vibrations.

I Power Supply

Turn the power switch OFF when not in use. If you use an AC power adaptor, unplug the adaptor from the AC outlet if not to be used for an extended period of time. If you use an AC power adaptor, make sure that the AC outlet you are using is easily accessible. If some trouble or malfunction occurs, immediately turn off the power switch and unplug the adaptor from the outlet. This product is not disconnected from the AC power source as long as the adaptor is connected to the outlet, even if the power switch is turned off. Unplug the AC power adaptor during electric storms. Avoid plugging the AC power adaptor into the same AC outlet as appliances with high power consumption, such as electric heaters or ovens. Also avoid using multi-plug adaptors since these can result in reduced sound quality and possible damage.
I Turn Power OFF When Making Connections
To avoid damage to the Silent Guitar and other devices to which it is connected (a sound system, for example), turn the power switches of all related devices OFF prior to connecting or disconnecting audio cables.

I Handling and Transport

Never apply excessive force to the controls, connectors or other parts. Always unplug cables by gripping the plug firmly, not by pulling on the cable. Disconnect all cables before moving the unit. Physical shocks caused by dropping, bumping, or placing heavy objects on the unit can result in scratches and more serious damage.

I Cleaning

Clean the guitar body with a dry soft cloth. A slightly damp cloth may be used to remove stubborn grime and dirt. Never use cleaners such as alcohol or thinner.
I Electrical Interference
This unit contains electric circuitry and may cause interference if placed too close to radio or television receivers. If this occurs, move it further away from the affected equipment. YAMAHA is not responsible for damage caused by improper handling or operation.

Main Body/Accessories

After opening the packaging, please check that all the parts listed below are included.

Main body

Left frame

Stereo earphones

AC adaptor : PA-D09

Soft case


G Front

Tuning peg

G Rear

Neck Fingerboard Frame attachment screw 1 (Doubles as the strap pin) Left frame (Removable) Right frame (Fixed) Horn (Leg support)
Body Finger rest Saddle Pickup (underneath the saddle) Bridge





See page 6.

Frame attachment screw 2 (Doubles as the strap pin)

G Controls

Battery compartment use 6LR61 9V alkaline battery

POWER lamp

REVERB switch

OFF 1 2


VOLUME control

DC-IN jack
(Power adaptor connector)

DC-IN 9~12V

BASS control


TREBLE control



Cord hook


AUX IN level control


AUX IN jack

Attaching the Frame
When shipped from the factory, the left frame is not attached to the Silent Guitars main body. Before using the instrument, please properly attach the left frame using the procedure described below.

Fully loosen [frame attachment screw 1] located in the area behind the 12th fret, and [frame attachment screw 2] located at the end of the Silent Guitars main body. Insert the lower rod of the left frame fully into the bracket hole on the Silent Guitars main body. Next, insert the upper rod fully into the bracket hole.
Make sure that the upper and lower ends of the left frame are not reversed. Do not place any excess force on the frames rods. The rods may become damaged.
Frame attachment screw 1 w
q First, insert the lower rod into the main body. w Then, insert the upper rod.
After confirming that both rods of the left frame are fully inserted, turn the attachment screws clockwise and secure the left frame to the Silent Guitars main body.
When moving any movable parts, make sure that your fingers or hand do not become pinched in the parts. Do not tighten the attachment screws when the frame is removed. It will result in the damage of parts, which will cause problems when re-attaching the frame.

Frame attachment screw 2

Attachment of the frame is now complete. To remove the frame, simply reverse the order of the procedure described above, removing the upper rod from tha main body before removing the lower rod.
After the frame is attached, make sure attachment screws 1 and 2 are tightened firmly. Using the instrument with the screws loose will result in rattle or other noise during performance. When transporting the instrument, please carry the instrument by its neck or main body. Holding the instrument by only its left or right frame will result in damage of the frame or the frames fixed parts.

I About the Strap Pin

The frame attachment screw can be used as a strap pin for a separately purchased guitar strap.
Make sure that the strap is firmly hooked onto the strap pin so the instrument does not drop during performance.


Use a tuning meter, pitch pipe, tuning fork, piano, etc., and tune the open strings to the pitches shown below.
If the strings pitch is high, loosen the string until the strings pitch is slightly lower than the tuning pitch, then tune while raising the strings pitch.
Open 1st Strings Pitch: E Open 2nd Strings Pitch: B Open 3rd Strings Pitch: G Open 4th Strings Pitch: D Open 5th Strings Pitch: A Open 6th Strings Pitch: E

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Play the standard pitch lah (A3: 440Hz) on a tuning fork, etc., and tune the open 5th string to the same pitch. Play the pitch produced by pressing the 5th string at the 5th fret, and tune the open 4th string to the same pitch. Play the pitch produced by pressing the 4th string at the 5th fret, and tune the open 3rd string to the same pitch. Play the pitch produced by pressing the 3rd string at the 4th fret, and tune the open 2nd string to the same pitch. Play the pitch produced by pressing the 2nd string at the 5th fret, and tune the open 1st string to the same pitch. Play the pitch produced by pressing the 6th string at the 5th fret, and tune the pitch at the 5th fret of the 6th string to the pitch produced by the open 5th string.

Open 1st Strings Pitch: E Open 2 Strings Pitch: B Open 3rd Strings Pitch: G Open 4th Strings Pitch: D Open 5th Strings Pitch: A Open 6th Strings Pitch: E

Power Supply

The Silent Guitar operates either on battery power or with an AC adaptor however, it will consume more power when the reverb function is in use. For that reason, we recommend that it be powered with the supplied AC power adaptor for normal use. Always turn the PHONES ON/OFF switch OFF before making AC power connections or replacing the battery. I Supplying AC Power
Plug the adaptors DC output cable into the Silent Guitars DC IN jack, making sure the plug is firmly inserted into the jack. Plug the AC adaptor into a convenient wall AC power socket.
Battery power is automatically disconnected when the AC adaptor is connected. When the AC adaptor is used, the batteries may leak. To prevent leakage we recommend that you remove the batteries from the instrument. When the AC adapter is used. When using an AC adaptor, make sure you use only one of the following recommended adaptors (Recommended Adaptors: PA-D09, PA-1E, PA-3C). The use of any other adaptor may result in damage to the instrument or cause fire, etc. Please use with caution.

I Installing the Battery

Be sure to use a 9-volt alkaline battery 6LR61. (not supplied)
When using a battery, please use an alkaline battery. Use of a manganese battery will result in an extremely shorter battery life depending upon the type of battery used.
Battery compartment cover
6LR61 9V Alkaline battery
Remove the battery compartment cover, located on the back side of the Silent Guitar, by sliding the tab labeled OPEN toward the head of the guitar. Attach the 9-volt battery 6LR61 to the battery snap, and place it in the battery case. Take careful note of the polarity markings (+/-) as shown in the illustration when connecting the battery. (Reversed polarity may damage the circuit.) Close the battery compartment cover.

Battery snap

* For customers in Netherlands Bij dit produkt zijn batterijen geleverd. Wanneer deze leeg zijn, moet u ze niet weggooien maar inleveren als KCA.
When battery power becomes low, the reverb will no longer operate, the lamp will not light and noise will be present. Replace the battery with a new alkaline battery as soon as possible. Always follow the +/ signs when inserting the battery. Improper insertion may result in fire. To prevent possible damage to the unit due to battery leakage and unnecessary power drain, remove the battery from the unit when it is not going to be used for an extended period of time.

Using the Controls

I Using the LINE OUT jack (Using with a guitar amplifier or powered speaker, etc.)
Use a standard phone plug cable to connect the Silent Guitars LINE OUT jack to the input jack on the guitar amplifier or powered speaker, etc. When the cables plug is inserted into the LINE OUT jack, power will be supplied to the Silent Guitar and the power lamp will light.
Before making any connections, make sure that the output volume on the guitar amplifier or powered speaker, etc., is turned down or its power is switched OFF. When the guitar is not being used, disconnect the cables plug to save battery.
Rotate the VOLUME knob while playing, and adjust the volume to a suitable level.
If the sound is distorted when playing vigorously, turn the VOLUME knob slightly to the left.
Rotate the BASS and TREBLE control knobs to adjust the sound quality. Rotate the BASS knob to the right to increase the low frequencies, and to the left to decrease the low frequencies. Rotate the TREBLE knob to the right to increase the high frequencies, and to the left to decrease the high frequencies. The REVERB function can be used for adding reverb to the guitars tone to produce the live acoustic characteristics experienced in a room or hall. Set the REVERB switch to its 1 position to add the type of reverb usually experienced in a room, or set the switch to its 2 position to add the type of reverb normally experienced in a hall.
When compared to the REVERB switchs REVERB 1 or REVERB 2 positions, the instrument consumes less power when the REVERB switch is in its OFF position. Some noise is produced when the position of the REVERB switch is changed. When the power is ON, the lamp lights.

Adjusts the volume

Adjusts low frequencies

Adjusts high frequencies



I Using the stereo earphones (or stereo output to an external device)
When using the instrument with the supplied stereo earphones or a separately purchased pair of headphones, or when you want to send the instruments stereo output to an external device, use the headphones (PHONES) jack for connecting the earphones or external device.

1. 2. 3.

Set the headphones ON/OFF switch, located on the right side of the control panel, to its ON position to supply power to the Silent Guitar. The power lamp will light. Insert the earphone plug into the headphone jack. When connecting the instrument to an external device, connect the external device to the PHONES jack using a cable with a stereo plug. The remaining procedures are the same as described above in the Using the LINE OUT jack sections steps 2 through 4.
When using a pair of headphones, do not operate at high volume levels for long periods of time. Doing so can lead to irreparable damage to your hearing. Do not disconnect or connect the plug when the headphones are placed over your ears.

Using the Soft Case

When putting the Silent Guitar into the supplied soft case, remove the left frame from the Silent Guitar, and then place in the individual parts in the case as shown in the illustration below.
Put the left frame into the cases larger pocket. Put the power adaptor into the smaller pocket in the case and secure the cover using the Velcro tape. When laying the case down with the instrument packed inside, make sure that the case is placed with the guitars bridge side facing up.

Silent Guitar main body

Left frame Power adaptor
Placing the instrument in the soft case does not guarantee against any damages to individual parts.
The soft case is designed for storing and transporting the instrument, and protecting it from dust, etc. Do not position the instrument with its bridge side facing down in the case, and do not cause any damage to the instrument by placing any objects on top of the case, hitting it, etc.
Connecting External Devices

Silent Guitar

Using the cord hook Wrap the power adaptors cord around the cord hook (prevents cord from being unplugged).

Stereo earphones

MD recorder, Mixer, etc. (Stereo output)
Power adaptor Electric outlet

6LR61 Alkaline battery

To the LINE IN jack, etc.
Guitar amplifier, Powered speaker Electronic tuner CD player
From the LINE OUT jack, etc.

MD player

P.A. mixer, Recording device (Monaural output) Cassette player Electronic metronome
When connecting the instrument to external audio equipment, check the jack size and make sure to use a plug size that corresponds to the jack being used, and properly connect the cable to the jack.

I AUX IN jack

The AUX IN jack can be used to connect an external stereo signal source to the Silent Guitar. Connecting the audio output of a CD player, cassette player, etc. to the instrument allows you to play along with the external audio source. The AUX IN jacks signal level can be controlled with the AUX IN level control.

I Output Jacks (LINE OUT Jack/Headphone Jack)
The LINE OUT jack can be connected to an external input jack on a device such as a guitar amplifier, powered speaker, mixing console, etc., using a separately purchased standard stereo (monaural) phone cable. This allows monitoring or recording of the Silent Guitars sound via an external device. Connecting the LINE OUT jack to the INPUT jack on an electronic tuner, allows tuning of the instrument in the same manner as other electronic instruments. When using the supplied stereo earphones, insert the earphone plug into the headphones jack (PHONES) and turn the headphone ON/OFF switch to its ON position. The LINE OUT jack is a monaural type jack while the headphones jack is stereo.
Before connecting the Silent Guitar to any external devices, make sure that the power of all related devices is turned OFF. Set the volume level of any external audio sources to the minimum level before connecting anything. High volume settings could cause damage to the equipment and your hearing. Be careful not to step on the cord. The cord may break, equipment may be damaged, and this may cause a substantial shock to your ears. The signal from the Silent Guitars output jacks must NEVER be returned to the AUX IN jack, either directly or through external equipment. Doing so will result in feedback which may cause damage to the internal electronics.


Neck Body Fingerboard Bridge Frame Unit Strings Sensors Connectors/Controls Mahogany Maple Rosewood Rosewood Maple Steel Strings for Acoustic Guitar LR-Baggs AUX IN AUX IN Level Control LINE OUT jack (monaural) PHONES jack (stereo) Volume BASS control TREBLE control REVERB switch (OFF/1/2) PHONES switch (ON/OFF) LINE OUT Jack with POWER Switch (Inserting a plug into the jack switches the power on) Power Supply AC Adaptor/6LR61 battery x1 dual power source * Recommended AC Adaptors: PA-D09, PA-1E, PA-3C Battery Life Continuous Use Using Alkaline battery : approximately 24 hours Using Manganese battery : approximately 13.5 hours With the reverb activated Using Alkaline battery : approximately 7.5 hours Using Manganese battery : approximately 2.0 0.5 hours (depending upon the manufacturer) String Length 634 mm (24-15/16)

Dimensions (with the left frame attached and to the end of the strap pin) 970 (L) x 355 (W) x 80 (H) mm 38-3/16 (L) x 14 (W) x 3-1/8 (H) Weight approximately 1.9 kg (4 lbs. 3 oz.) * Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Technical specifications

Full description

Additionally, performing and recording guitar players will find the Yamaha SLG100S to be a unique tool, due in part to its stunning appearance and the self-contained design that completely eliminates onstage feedback. The SLG100S features a streamlined appearance, lightweight composite body, Mahogany neck and Rosewood fingerboard, plus a pickguard and an adjustable rod in the neck. Like its nylon string counterpart the SLG100N, the SLG100S breaks down quickly for ease of transportation.Electronics include a combination of Piezo in-bridge and L.R.Baggs pickups. An internal DSP that reproduces the natural-sounding reverb of user-selected acoustic spaces. An auxiliary mini-stereo input on the body of the instrument can easily connect to an external CD player or tape machine for practicing or playing along with pre-recorded material. The Yamaha SLG100S can also be plugged into an amplifier or P.A. system for live performances. The Yamaha SLG100S Silent Steel String Guitar is everything and anything except ordinary! Included accessories: gig bag, AC adapter and headphones.



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