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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...Read More

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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 86 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (25)
  • Good audio (22)
  • Stays in tune (21)
  • Fun to play (20)
  • Consistent (14)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (24)
    • Jamming (21)
    • Small venues (13)
    • School bands (6)
    • Recording (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (17), 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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    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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great guitar

    By webfoot

    from conway, s.c.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      while i agree with the reviewers on the sound and quality i do not think this is the best for a beginner. the action is a little too tough on fingers for that. i would recommend the washburn rover for the ease of playing over this one

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      (6 of 7 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.

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        (6 of 6 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.

          Comment on this review

          (7 of 7 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....

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar

            By Werlybrd

            from Long Island

            About Me Novice

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Decent Guitar at Good Price

                    By Lunk

                    from Colorado Springs, CO

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                    Ask me a question

                    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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Guitar

                    By Luke

                    from Hastings, MI

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                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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                      (3 of 3 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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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Friendly, dependable service

                          By Kenpo 7th

                          from Glen Ellyn, IL

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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