New Gear/New Toys Reviews: Yamaha TransAcoustic Technology

Yamaha's FG-TA dreadnought and FS-TA concert are the TransAcoustic versions of the FG and FS series acoustic guitars.

TransAcoustic instruments have integrated actuators, small metal devices completely hidden inside the guitar, that when the instrument's strings are played, they cause the actuator to vibrate the guitar's body and the air around the guitar. This movement creates authentic reverb and chorus effects without needing any external amplification or effects.

By introducing TransAcoustic technology into the body of one of Yamaha's entry-level FG series guitar, the beginning guitarist is automatically encouraged to play more.

The FG-TA and FS-TA (MSRP: $939.00) are available in Vintage Tint and Brown Sunburst finishes. In addition, the FG-TA is available in Black and the FS-TA in Ruby Red. Both models are now shipping.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com