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Thatâs an assignment thatâs challenged design engineers for nearly a century. Anyone who went to buy an acoustic back in the swinginâ 60s wouldâve been met with the same problem.Â, You either raided the piggy bank and looked at the high end of the market, which was the expensive imported USA ranges from the likes of Gibson and Martin, or you took your chances at the more affordable end of the price range. Yamaha NTX1 models (Image credit: Yamaha Guitars) The entry-level NTX1 (£422 / $740) and NCX1 (from £422 / $740 depending on wood top option) include the same piezo pickup but without the Atmosfeel sensors. This innovative system lends a natural, three-dimensional sound to your guitar via a 3-way sensor setup. It comes gig-ready with strap buttons and the unparalleled Atmosfeel pickup system that maintains the instrumentâs superb sound quality even at full performance volumes. Put all three together and youâve got a full representation of an acoustic guitarâs natural tone. The Yamaha NCX3C acoustic-electric nylon-string guitar was designed for nylon-string players seeking a professional-quality instrument with exceptional amplified sound. Suddenly there was hope - a range of guitars that not only sounded perfectly reasonable and stayed in tune, but were a relative breeze to play. Plugging the FGX5 directly into a recording interface produced similar, though more subtle results. Controls include Mic Blend, Treble EQ, and Master Volume controls. Inspired by Yamaha's "Red Label" cult guitars of the 60's, the Red Label guitars offer a satin finish and high quality components for a beautiful vintage aesthetic. NX Series guitars offer impressive By placing different pickup types in different areas of the guitarâs body, itâs possible to create an amplified sound that better replicates the instrumentâs acoustic tone at all frequency ranges. The genius of Yamaha uses a modern scalloped bracing pattern, their âAtmosfeelâ preamp and pickup system, and its tonewoods are âagedâ through their proprietary treatment process using applied pressure, humidity, and temperature to produce a â¦ The NTX 1 has a classic preamp, while the NTX 3 and NTX 5 have Yamahaâs new Atmosfeel system. (Perhaps the lower volume used in the recording studio had something to do with this.) The NTX3, NTX5, NCX3 and NCX5 models feature Yamaha's proprietary Atmosfeel preamp and pickup system, with an integrated undersaddle piezo pickup with individual string sensors capturing only the mid and low frequencies, eliminating the Piezo's characteristic brittleness. Thank you for your interest. Here are three audio clips of the FGX5 played through a guitar amp with the Mic Blend knob turned all the way to the left (all pickup), all the way to the right (all mic), and at 12 oâclock (equal blend of both). You will receive a verification email shortly. All rights reserved. Atmosfeel electronics ensure first-rate plugged-in tone The Red Label FGX3 is equipped with Yamahaâs Atmosfeel pickup and preamp system. The new FG/FS Yamaha Red Label folk guitars â in what seems like almost every release of Yamaha guitars these days â claim to harness the style of classic guitars, with a few modern additions. I tested out a prototype of a Yamaha FGX5 acoustic guitar to hear how the Atmosfeel system would respond in both live and recording situations. All-pickup had plenty of definition, but occasionally a note cut through a little too much. and onboard electronics. Mac is also a guitarist and composer, as well as the author of the book "Exit Music: The Radiohead Story" and the e-book "101 Great Playlists: Songs for Every Listener." Not that hard. The 44mm nut width is just about perfect for fingerstyle and itâs true to say that we played the FGX3 for far longer than necessary for this review, out of sheer enjoyment. The three components comprise a piezo in the bridge, an internal mic and a treble sensor under the soundboard. The next knob over on the Atmosfeel is the important, but self-explanatory, Master Volume. Both the Master Volume and Bass EQ knobs are at 12 oâclock in all three examples: https://hub.yamaha.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Yamaha-FGX5-Test-Pickup.wav, https://hub.yamaha.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Yamaha-FGX5-Test-Mic.wav, https://hub.yamaha.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Yamaha-FGX5-Test-Blend.wav.