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Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar   

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Yamaha's FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar is a reasonably priced entry-level acoustic guitar featuring one of the most popular tonewoods - solid Sitka spr...Click To Read More About This Product

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An incredibly affordable solid-top with impeccable Yamaha quality.

Yamaha's FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar is a reasonably priced entry-level acoustic guitar featuring one of the most popular tonewoods - solid Sitka spruce - for the top. This gives you a nice mellow tone with a slower response, and keeps the guitar nice and lightweight, a combination that is ideal for a beginner trying to find their way around the instrument. The nato back and sides also keeps the guitar lightweight and inexpensive while not sacrifcing tone. Other features of the FG700S include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, black and white body binding, die-cast tuners, and a tortoise pickguard. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select between Natural or Sunburst finishes.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Nato back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Black/white body binding
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Headstock inlay
  • Natural finish
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Case sold separately

Great price point for a solid starter guitar. Order today.

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YamahaFG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (92)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (41)
  • Good audio (39)
  • Fun to play (38)
  • Stays in tune (34)
  • Consistent (25)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (43)
  • Jamming (27)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Recording (12)
  • School bands (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (26), Experienced (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quality beyond the price point

I tried this in a store after salespeople, online reviews and acoustic guitar forums were all saying the same thing: if you're starting out on an acoustic, this is the standard to beat...Read complete review

I tried this in a store after salespeople, online reviews and acoustic guitar forums were all saying the same thing: if you're starting out on an acoustic, this is the standard to beat in the "Under $200US" range. The Yamaha FG700S had me hooked from the first chord I strummed in the showroom. It felt right. It sounded right. The build quality is remarkable and not matched by many at this price; only Epiphone's AJ200 comes near this.

As an aside, let me say this: it is a fact that China's economy has surpassed that of the US. The Yamaha factory isn't employing miserable workers who are starving, so what you have is a range of instruments built by people with job satisfaction. At some point, Yamaha Japan might turn to a country with cheaper labor, but at the moment this China guitar is winning.

This has the solid top, which will sound better with age. The string spacing is like a Martin D18, so if finger style is your thing, here's the heads up. The tone - very robust, very pleasing. I may move to using a medium or light pick for strumming, if you're going Pete Townsend on this and strumming hard, you'll get some harshness from the low-end tone. I lucked out on picking up one that had a great factory setup.

Out of the box it's a sit-down guitar as it comes with just the bottom end strap button. Other mods I may make are a graph tech Tusq saddle and bridge pins.
If, like me, you started out on electric guitar and never got into acoustic playing because of the heavier bronze strings and higher action on an acoustic give the FG700S a try. Thanks to this guitar I'm actually excited about developing an unplugged playlist, and having a nice new portable songwriting tool.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Review after a year of ownership

I left a comment on this guitar awhile back when it was new. I thought it would be helpful to go back and write another after having spent some time with it. I have...Read complete review

I left a comment on this guitar awhile back when it was new. I thought it would be helpful to go back and write another after having spent some time with it. I have now owned this guitar for well over a year. It is still my go-to guitar because it is cheap and I don't have to worry about it getting damaged when I take it on the road or out to lessons and such. The general sound is still pretty good.

I have changed the saddle and bridge pins to Tusq and it has wakened the the guitar up quite a bit. When I want a sharper tone I use Marin SP lights, and when I want a more mellow earthy tone I use John Pearse X-lights.

There is one thing that has shown up on this guitar that appears to be consistant with this series, which is fret buzz of the 4th string at frets 3 and 4 mostly. My friend has a FG730S and my instructor has an FGX700SC. All have been professionally setup all by different luthiers. Every single one after a little time has the fret buzz on the same string and frets come back. The buzz is very harsh sounding, very tinny and metalic and sounds like it comes from the bridge but is fret related. It also comes in mostly at the tail end of the note.

You can tweek it all you want and you might get rid of it for awhile, but unless you can live with really high action, it will come back every time.

I think that it is a production issue where the slots for the 3rd and 4th frets aren't cut as deep as the rest.

I have remedied mine by shimming the 4th string at the nut, filing frets 1-5 a bit and making neck adjustments regularly. The action is higher than I like it now, but the buzz has gone away. My friend and instructor have used similar fixes for now, but both are considering trading them in toward something else.

I still think that it is a great guitar for the price if you can get past this minor short-coming or if you like high action. It stays in tune beautifully and you really can't beat the sound, materials, or quality for the price.

Maybe others are seeing this distinctive buzz as well and would like to elaborate on their experience....

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Review after a year of ownership

By Jon

from Columbus

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • School Bands

    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I left a comment on this guitar awhile back when it was new. I thought it would be helpful to go back and write another after having spent some time with it. I have now owned this guitar for well over a year. It is still my go-to guitar because it is cheap and I don't have to worry about it getting damaged when I take it on the road or out to lessons and such. The general sound is still pretty good.

    I have changed the saddle and bridge pins to Tusq and it has wakened the the guitar up quite a bit. When I want a sharper tone I use Marin SP lights, and when I want a more mellow earthy tone I use John Pearse X-lights.

    There is one thing that has shown up on this guitar that appears to be consistant with this series, which is fret buzz of the 4th string at frets 3 and 4 mostly. My friend has a FG730S and my instructor has an FGX700SC. All have been professionally setup all by different luthiers. Every single one after a little time has the fret buzz on the same string and frets come back. The buzz is very harsh sounding, very tinny and metalic and sounds like it comes from the bridge but is fret related. It also comes in mostly at the tail end of the note.

    You can tweek it all you want and you might get rid of it for awhile, but unless you can live with really high action, it will come back every time.

    I think that it is a production issue where the slots for the 3rd and 4th frets aren't cut as deep as the rest.

    I have remedied mine by shimming the 4th string at the nut, filing frets 1-5 a bit and making neck adjustments regularly. The action is higher than I like it now, but the buzz has gone away. My friend and instructor have used similar fixes for now, but both are considering trading them in toward something else.

    I still think that it is a great guitar for the price if you can get past this minor short-coming or if you like high action. It stays in tune beautifully and you really can't beat the sound, materials, or quality for the price.

    Maybe others are seeing this distinctive buzz as well and would like to elaborate on their experience....

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a deal!

    By KenW in Portland, OR

    from Portland, OR

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    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    Again, it is all in the context of the price you are paying, If I had the money, I would buy something like the Yamaha LL16 in the six string version. If you are starting out, this is the model for you. Do replace the saddle with Tusq or bone, and the bridge pins with Tusq.
    I am rating this perfect for features, figuring in the context of the price. For true perfection, it would have a solid mahogany or rosewood back and sides, Engelmann spruce top, and maple binding. Hey, such a guitar would cost a bundle.
    I bought this Yamaha FG700S for a young woman who coulnd't afford a guitar. It sounded "OK," but not outstanding. I knew I didn't want to pay more for something better. Then I replaced the saddle and bridge pins with Tusq, and the strings with D'Addario EXP 80/20 bronze light gauge. I was really blown away. This thing sounds wonderful now.
    The string height was good from the factory.I think I lowere it very slightly when I fitted the new Tusq saddle.
    Made in Hangchou, China... see the Yamaha factory video on YouTube... awesome quality production, all wood dried two years, etc. The finish is flawless. The wood is OK, but there is a small "swirl" in the top wood in the left upper bout. Another FG700S had the same thing. Straight grain in the top is usually preferred. The Yamaha FG720S had straight grain, but with Martin SP phosphor bronze strings and Tusq saddle & pins, didn't sound as good, in my opinion.(This instrument might sound best with the 80/20 broze strings.)
    Hint: I am finding that Yamaha is a top value, but I would buy the very best Yamaha model you can possibly afford. I bought their FG720S-12 12 string guitar, and it was very good, but inferior in sound to their Professional version, the LL16-12.
    Neck Set Angle: OK. All Yamaha guitars I bought are set so the saddle has less clearance above the bridge (2mm clearance for the high E string).
    For what you are getting, this is the best bang for the buck. You really have to check out the videos on YouTube to see why. The other models are made in an inferior Chinese factory (check out Ibanez Guitar Factory...), while this is made in a state of the art factory custom built by Yamaha, with workers trained by Japanese.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Yamaha FG700S

    By Thomas Rubino

    from New York

    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought this for my 14 yr old niece, it's her first real guitar. I am really impressed with it and I own a lot of expensive guitars (12 of them, actually). It looks good. The neck feels great. I adjusted the truss rod slightly before I gave it to her. And the sound...REALLY nice. Rich and Articulate with good volume. If she didn't want it, I'd keep it. I honestly think it sounds as good as many guitars you'd find at 3 or 4 times the price.
    Not Fancy, but a very clean good looking guitar. It has everything you need.
    Looks to be well built for the price, in fact better than I expected. The exterior and interior are very well done.
    Buy it. I think it's a bargain

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great First Guitar

    By Koa

    from Red Bank, NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      First things first: I've owned this guitar for 3 years, buying it when I didn't know a single chord on guitar. Now that I've been around the block with playing different styles of music and styles of guitar, I feel I can properly review this one. Also, I play 12 instruments and have played in multiple bands of differing styles, so I know sound. I've never written a review for a product before but I feel I might be able to help one or two people in their option to buy this or not.

      If you're looking for a great bang for your buck, this is a great choice. If you're looking for a really great beater guitar, this one is great for that as well. Recording? It has some nice lows and decent mid range - I've recorded with it professionally. I've played hundreds of small gigs / coffeehouses with this mic'd and not and either way it pulls through amazingly, no matter what kind of abuse you give it. I've gone hiking, boating, and mountain climbing with this guitar and it's kept up just as well as I have. Whether you're in the studio or on a trail somewhere, this guitar is a fantastic instrument to have with you.

      Even though I'm upgrading to the Yamaha Ac3R, the FG700s will always be my first guitar, and it's definitely earned its bumps and scratches.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      7 years later

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      7 Years later and it still records better than my Martin D-41. For any kind of Baritone voice or deep piece of music, there is no better guitar to record with. I own 23 guitars and 12 of them are acoustic. This outshines all of them for 1/20th of the price of some of them. And the best part is that as the wood ages, so does the sound. The aged spruce top producers a consistenly round sound. I never get more excited than when I get to slap on a new pair of strings on this puppy and hear that first perfect chord. Save your money, treat your ears.Oh, and it's super easy to play.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice Guitar

      By David

      from undisclosed

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      Great Guitar with robust sound. It chimes the cords and sings the individual notes .
      Better than my Taylor big baby and my Alvarez Artist D60.
      Sounds as good as my Guild DV52 but plays easyer on the fingers.
      Suprisingly Good Sounding, Good tuners, Good Looks and very playable.
      Seems to be put together with excelent craftsmanship. No over glueing and flawless finish.
      I can't think of a better guitar you can get for this low price.
      Everything else is not even close . I have owned every brand out there and most are disapointing by comparison.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      a better guitar than epiphones ive had

      By kj

      from Mon louis island, AL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        this FG 710 i have is better than all of the epiphones ive owned. put a bone saddle and martin ebony bridge pins on it and it came alive!

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quality beyond the price point

        By Subsonikk

        from Tacoma, WA

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune
        • Will Improve With Time

        Cons

        • Some Harshness In Lows

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        I tried this in a store after salespeople, online reviews and acoustic guitar forums were all saying the same thing: if you're starting out on an acoustic, this is the standard to beat in the "Under $200US" range. The Yamaha FG700S had me hooked from the first chord I strummed in the showroom. It felt right. It sounded right. The build quality is remarkable and not matched by many at this price; only Epiphone's AJ200 comes near this.

        As an aside, let me say this: it is a fact that China's economy has surpassed that of the US. The Yamaha factory isn't employing miserable workers who are starving, so what you have is a range of instruments built by people with job satisfaction. At some point, Yamaha Japan might turn to a country with cheaper labor, but at the moment this China guitar is winning.

        This has the solid top, which will sound better with age. The string spacing is like a Martin D18, so if finger style is your thing, here's the heads up. The tone - very robust, very pleasing. I may move to using a medium or light pick for strumming, if you're going Pete Townsend on this and strumming hard, you'll get some harshness from the low-end tone. I lucked out on picking up one that had a great factory setup.

        Out of the box it's a sit-down guitar as it comes with just the bottom end strap button. Other mods I may make are a graph tech Tusq saddle and bridge pins.
        If, like me, you started out on electric guitar and never got into acoustic playing because of the heavier bronze strings and higher action on an acoustic give the FG700S a try. Thanks to this guitar I'm actually excited about developing an unplugged playlist, and having a nice new portable songwriting tool.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's definately a keeper

        By CW

        from Hampton, Va.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Excellent quality
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          Wanted a solid top starter guitar for my granddaughter. Very pleasantly surprised with the craftmanship, sound, how easy it is to play & how it stays in tune. I have an expensive Martin and another Yamaha. Find myself playing the FG700S more than the other two. Great guitar for the price.
          Definately a keeper.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love my Yamaha

          By Primejll

          from Corona, CA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            Great Guitar! I love my Yamaha! So fun to play and practice with. Rich, full sound and beautiful as well. Couldn't ask for more.

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