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  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Nato back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
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    $322.00
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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
  • 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 82 reviews)

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    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Good audio (20)
  • Fun to play (17)
  • Stays in tune (17)
  • Consistent (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (21)
    • Jamming (18)
    • Small venues (11)
    • School bands (5)
    • Recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), Novice (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What a deal!

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Surprisingly good guitar for the $$

    I was looking for a travel/jam/cheap guitar. This one is easily the best that I have played at anywhere near its price . Most laminate body guitars sound boxy and sorta thud...Read complete review

    I was looking for a travel/jam/cheap guitar. This one is easily the best that I have played at anywhere near its price . Most laminate body guitars sound boxy and sorta thud in the low end, but this one has quite decent tone, and good volume. My sunburst top has odd figuring in the wood, mostly hidden by the color. This could be a case of a nice quality top that was used on a model that could hide the cosmetic "flaws". No complaints on that. The overall build and look is quite good for a low price guitar.

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    5.0

    Great guitar

    By Werlybrd

    from Long Island

    About Me Novice

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          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          The price to quality ratio on this guitar is excellent. I initially went with this guitar because I wanted the cheapest acoustic I could find that is an actual musical instrument and not a toy. This is that guitar.

          Sure it has a plastic nut, saddle and bridge pins. It has laminate back and sides also. That's where the cheap stuff ends. The tuning machines hold their tune excellently. The top is solid spruce, very important in this price range. The frets came nicely dressed, with no sharp ends or high spots to be found. Even the wood grain on the fingerboard, bridge and top seems to be of a higher quality than the price suggests.

          I gave this 5 stars bearing everything in mind. If I had no clue this was a very affordable instrument, ie cheap, I would give it 3 stars for tone and playability. That isn't fair of course, since that places this guitar up against Martin, Taylor, Gibson etc. This guitar gets five stars because it blends good characteristics with an outstanding price point.

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          5.0

          Cheap and Cheerful

          By Canstacker

          from Wilds of British Columbia

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Great Build Quality
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            Like others I looked at reviews before buying one of these for my wife's birthday. It arrived quickly and in perfect shape. Set-up was great out of the box. Great rich sound and sustain. To get a solid top acoustic for under two Benjamins that sounds like this is, well... awesome! Great purchase, would buy 10 more like it!

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            4.0

            Decent Guitar at Good Price

            By Lunk

            from Colorado Springs, CO

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Construction
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Needs Better Strings
            • Plastic Nut Bridge Pins

            Best Uses

            • Camping Guitar
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues
            • Student Guitar
            • Use As Your Beater

            Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            This guitar has a nice appearance, finish, and sturdy construction. If you want to drop the money to improve the sound it emits, replace the nut, bridge, and pins with bone, and drop in some new higher quality strings. It will improve its tone. This guitar is a good deal though.

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            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Luke

            from Hastings, MI

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              I bought this guitar for my adult daughter and it works great for her. The volume and tone are even better than expected. I like playing it too. If you are on a budget this is the guitar for you.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Like it a lot

              By ml

              from NY, NY

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                  i am no expert, but this guitar has a deep rich sound and is a pleasure to play and to listen to

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Friendly, dependable service

                  By Kenpo 7th

                  from Glen Ellyn, IL

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                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                    Originally, I bought this guitar with the sunburst finish because it was on sale. When it came, I immediately noticed that the finish was peeling off the lower edge of the guitar. It came in the Yamaha factory box, so it wasn't Musicians Friend's shortcoming. I called them, and they apologized, provided me with free return shipping, and sent me the natural finish guitar at the sale price. Now that's service!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nothing else for the money comes close

                    By Bluzuner

                    from Battle Creek, MI

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fit Finish
                    • Good Feel
                    • Quality Control
                    • Rich Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                      Mine came out of the box perfect. Sticker straight, no globs of glue anywhere, strings were even fresh. Mine looks less "bronze" and more "Violin" sunburst. Attractive guitar. Fit and finish were great. Yamaha appears to have that nailed down.

                      I think they ship these with the truss rod not engaged (for shipping reasons). I snugged it up, and the action is spot on. No buzzing anywhere, and string position is low. Intonation is correct. I've had some other low range axes (Epi, Ibanez, Fender), and the work on this Yamaha far surpasses anything coming out of those other factories.

                      It reacts well to aggressive strumming, but I can fingerpick it lightly and get volume from it. I have a LL6 from Yamaha also, which has a wider nut and string spacing at the saddle. I had thought that fingerpicking would be a problem with the FG700, but it's not.

                      I can't figure out why this Yamaha isn't much more expensive. The quality control, playability, and sound is so much better than anything else in this price range.....and it's not even close. This thing should be twice it's price.....so get one before Yamaha wakes up!

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing BUT....

                      By Nic

                      from Houston, Tx

                      About Me Novice

                      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:

                        Well I picked up this guitar as my first real guitar. I owned a beginners guitar from Telluride (plywood ****) and I decided I wanted something nicer but didn't want to break the bank. This Yamaha was the score of the century. This guitar has the most amazing sound for its price. In fact, it should be in the 600-1000 price range. That's where it would be eligible to compete and be compared to other guitars in that price range. My friend down the street owns some 2,000$ guitar which I almost am certain it to is a Yamaha/Electric-Acoustic and My guitar is EXTREMELY close to what his is capable of. I was blown away. Now, the bad. I received my guitar with a couple of noticeable scratches, As if the guitar had been played roughly before I got it. I'm not sure what that is all about. I got the warranty on it, but I'm just to far in love with the sound that I do not want to send it back hahah.. Anyways, Thanks Yamaha For the Amazing guitar. This is a must buy for all types!

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                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        good

                        By Cage

                        from Azusa, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Good Feel

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                            good guitar. sounds good and good quality

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            UnBelieveable Guitar!

                            By Sabian182

                            from Bay City, MI

                            About Me Novice

                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Rich Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Practicing
                              • Recording
                              • School Bands

                              Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                              This is a great first guitar for anyone. It has an Amazing Sound for only being a low price (I would compare it to a high class taylor or a Gibson). This guitar will give you the best bang for your buck, and blow you Away. Don't think about it, just buy it.

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