Even Nirvana got off as a band playing inside a garage, probably driving neighbors close to insanity with their not so profound notes at 3 AM in the morning. Yamaha may have solved this problem dating back from the 70’s, or even earlier, by producing the SLG, the first silent guitar. While at first the concept may seem quite counterproductive, it is in fact the otherway around. So, how does this work after all?
As you can notice pretty easy, the construction differs a bit from the original design of a guitar. Yamaha SLG is built from two detachable parts, allowing for an increased level of portability from regular guitars. The sound of the guitar is recreated by a SRT powered system, using piezo pickups, rendering the same audio as high-end acoustic guitars do. So, if there’s no empty box to recreate the sound, how am I going to hear out what I’m playing? Here’s where the interesting part begins. Plugging in a set of headphones will render almost the exact sound that would’ve been produced by an actual acoustic guitar.
While playing, Yamaha SLG silent guitar is up to 90% quieter than its classic sisters, so your neighbors won’t probably going to hear you unless you plug in a set of speakers instead of a pair of headphones into the guitar. Originalists may argue about the overall design and loss of quality, but, as it has been proven through experiments, not even audiophiles can differentiate low quality cabling from extremely expensive speaker wires. It will be up to the garage player to spend his little fortune on the SLG and stop neighbors from knocking at the door at 3 AM.