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Have you ever heard of Yamaha FG700S,
a quite famous acoustic guitar brand?
Ah, the Yamaha FG.
To many people, this has been the beginner’s guitar of choice – and even to some professional or amateur guitarists, this affordable (almost cheap) but reliable decades-lasting guitar makes an excellent travel guitar.
A closer look.
Yamaha is a Japanese company, and their FG series is manufactured in China – politics aside, the results are great. Chinese-built guitars are usual for entry-level guitars, but they’re usually known to last maybe four to five years, with quality ranging from pretty damn great to mediocre at best.
The FG700S belongs in the former range, with great sound quality, and a construction that has made it last decades in the hands of some of my friends.
I didn’t start with a Yamaha, neither have I owned one for very long, but I have had experience playing some of them from my friends – and there’s a reason Yamaha boasts that the FG has been their best-selling series since it was introduced in the 60s.
So let’s take a look at what’s been keeping it a success for the past half-century!
- As with most beginner guitars, the Yamaha sports a killer price.
- There are guitars which are very cheap, just under 500 or under 300, but chances are you can get yourself a new FG700S for even a cheaper price somewhere on the internet.
- But pricing isn’t what were here to discuss – it’s what the guitar really is that matters.
- You’ll have to play it yourself to believe it, but the Yamaha FG700S sports great bright highs and heavy lows, a pleasant strum, and a composition of the regular rosewood for its fretboard (fingerboard), solid spruce wood for its top, and Chinese Nato wood for the sides and back.
- With a large body, a great price, high-quality strings and decent diecast chrome tuners, the Yamaha FG700S has the primary benefit of producing a powerful, great sound.
- It’s pretty damn versatile as such – and that just helps so much more in cementing it as a great gift for beginner guitarists.
- It’s also famed for being a comfortable guitar – not too heavy, not too big, but not too light or little either.
- I found it feeling great when playing, and I’d recommend it as both a beginner instrument and as a travel guitar, for when you just want to play a bit while on the road.
Ok, let's watch this review video from another guy
about this model Yamaha FG700S - it's quite honest I think.
What I Like
- Sturdy, affordable and versatile – it’s a beginner’s guitar, and a great one at that.
- It’s got great sound for a guitar at its price point, and an amazing longevity at that.
- It’s not tough to hold or play, and feels just right in the hands of most guitarists – myself included.
What I Don't Like
- One significant mention is the guitar’s fairly high action. It’s not high enough to warrant not considering it a great option, but it is something you should be aware of.
- Being a beginner’s guitar, it’s lacking in the quality someone with more experience might want. While versatile, it scratches the surface of what guitars can do.
- It’s a standalone guitar, so you’ll have to buy yourself a case, stand, tuner, picks, extra strings and cleaning tools in the very least.
However pushing your budget up to $500 opens other, much better options, so it’s a matter of price and of just how committed you’ll be to playing.
It makes sense to grab an affordable guitar when you’re not sure of whether or not you’ll stick to regular playing and practicing.
A MUST-HAVE acoustic guitar no matter who you are a beginner of a professional. This baby defeat most of other brands due to the amazing balance between high quality and affordable price.